Agatha Parrot and the Floating Head by Kjartan Poskitt and David Tazzyman
|Agatha Parrot and the Floating Head by Kjartan Poskitt and David Tazzyman|
|Category: Confident Readers|
|Reviewer: Ruth Ng|
|Summary: Incredibly silly and enormous fun!|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 208||Date: August 2011|
|Publisher: Egmont Books|
|External links: Author's website|
Agatha Parrot lives on Odd Street, which is appropriate since her story is rather an odd one. Part school drama, part slapstick farce this is a funny, ridiculous romp of a story!
Agatha's class at school have been promised a trip to see the Egyptian mummy exhibition but only if no one is off school before half term. Everything seems to be on track for the school trip until after a rather eventful evening of make-your-own pizzas Agatha's friend Martha lands herself with food poisoning after eating a pizza topped with Octopus paste! Agatha is unwilling to let go of the idea of the school trip and she enlists all her friends' help in fooling the teachers into thinking that Martha actually is in school (thanks to a balloon and some newspaper stuffed clothes) with, as you'd expect, hilarious consequences!
This was a fun book to read. It has the same rather wacky feel as the Mr Gum stories, and is full of the kind of silliness that primary school children, perhaps around 7 or 8 years and older, will love. Agatha is wonderfully dramatic and having the story told in her own voice really adds to the humour. She's full of impetuous ideas and ropes everyone else into the chaos, faking leaking radiators around the school and bringing a teacher close to a nervous breakdown...I won't spoil it for you but I found the resolution very funny. Totally unrealistic of course, but very funny all the same!
There are cartoon-style illustrations throughout which compliment the text as well as breaking up the pages making it an accessible story for those who are just growing in confidence with their reading. It's a perfect story for children to read by themselves but equally I think it's interesting enough for any parents who might wish to read it aloud for bedtime. Great, silly fun!
I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to the Bookbag.
Further reading suggestion: If you like this you might also enjoy Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree by Andy Stanton.
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