Wednesday, 18 December 2013
YOUNG ADULT REVIEW: The Amazing Adventures of Skinny Finny and Super Spy Wobblebottom: The Crazy Christmas Caper - Andrew Guile and Curt Walstead
Release Date: 24/10/13
Publisher: Skinny Publishing
Christmas was always a special time in the Finny family home despite them living deep under the ocean. This year, Christmas is about to go very wrong indeed. Skinny Finny and his twin brother, Tubby wake on Christmas morning to find their parents missing. They set out to find them and to ruin Christmas in the process. Heaven help anyone who gets in their way ... Will the world famous MI5 agent, Super Spy Wobblebottom be able to stop Skinny Finny from ruining Christmas for children all around the world? Or will Skinny Finny and his ingenious inventions triumph? The Crazy Christmas Caper is perfect for young readers of 7-12 years old who enjoy a tale that delivers suspense and laughs in equal measure. Complete with delightful illustrations, it's also perfect for adults to read to children of younger ages. A chapter each night will send parent and child to bed with a sense of wonder and, perhaps, a grin on their face!
To be honest this is a book that I sat back to read for a light reading break from a large number of the heavy going titles that I’ve gone through recently. So whilst it seemed a little unusual, I decided to go with something that sounded like a lot of fun not only for me, but to be read to nephews who enjoyed story time before bed.
What Andrew does well with this book is give the reader some characters that they’ll not only have fun hearing (or reading about) but also facing a situation that will require brains as well as some luck to solve. Its got some great twists, quite a bit of humour and when added to the artwork works well on so many levels.
Back this up with some wonderful dialogue and all round it was a great bit of fun. That said, in some places it did seem to lose itself slightly but for a first time author its something that will be easily corrected with future projects and with the chance for further adventures, will all round give the reader a steady set of friends to return to in time. Thanks Andrew.