A Review of Jennifer Killick’s ‘Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink’.

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Firefly Press £6.99 Paperback    Cover designed by Alex Dimond & illustrated by Heath McKenzie

The Publisher says:

Alex Sparrow is a super-agent in training. He is also a human lie-detector. Working with Jess, who can communicate with animals, they must find out why their friends – and enemies – are all changing into polite and well-behaved pupils. And exactly who is behind it all.

Alex Sparrow is a funny, mid-grade novel full of farts, jokes and superhero references. Oh, and a rather clever goldfish called Bob. In a world where kids’ flaws and peculiarities are being erased out of existence, Alex and Jess must rely on what makes them different to save the day.

So what did I think?

Full of farts, laughs and super-agent situations. Not for fun-suckers!

Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink is the hilarious Middle Grade book by author Jennifer Killick, which tells the story of Alex, a boy who’s been in training to be a secret agent since he was four years old. He notices that people tells lies, but is pootling quite happily in life until one night the strangest thing happens: he unexpectedly orders a lie detector. It turns out however, that the lie detector is rather odd and detects lies by making a farting sound inside his ear and emitting a stinky smell to match. Now that Alex is armed with an unexpected superpower, he can find out what’s really going on in his world.

Flanked by Jess (Jessticles for short!) and Bob the goldfish, Alex Sparrow discovers what is really going on with a new teacher, Miss Smilie, and her obsession with PALS (that’s Positive Aspirational Life Skills) at school.

The book is jam-packed with funny situations, great characters, jokes and references to superheroes and Harry Potter, and had me in giggles the whole way through. Largely set in a school, this book hits the perfect note for Year 6s, and it’s great fun to read aloud for grown-ups too. It’s definitely the funniest Middle Grade book I’ve read since Diary of a Wimpy Kid’s The Long Haul!

I think this would suit fans of David Walliams, David Solomons and David Baddiel.  (Oh, 3 Davids there, sorry folks! Nice to see Jen’s breaking the trend!)

Jen

Happy Reading 🙂

Read an interview with Jennifer here.

And do check out her website!

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