I'm Dougal Trump... and it's not my fault! by Dougal Trump

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I'm Dougal Trump... and it's not my fault! by Dougal Trump

Category: Confident Readers
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Robert James
Reviewed by Robert James
Summary: A great debut for Dougal Trump will give younger readers who like humour in their books a lot to enjoy! Dougal Trump and Jackie Marchant popped into Bookbag Towers to chat to us.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 224 Date: July 2012
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 978-1447219965

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Dougal Trump is worried about dying. You might be surprised that a young boy is already writing (and rewriting) his will, but that's because you haven't met his sister Sibble (it's Sybil! - sorry Sibble), the mysterious creature in the shed, or the even more mysterious person who left the creature there with a note saying If it dies so will you. If you were in his circumstances, wouldn't you be worried about your life expectancy?

Thankfully, in between worrying about whether someone will kill him shortly, Dougal has found the time to write down an account of what exactly is going on, interspersed with his various wills, notes from his friends and family, and some wonderfully expressive scribbled illustrations. Jackie Marchant has then put these fragments together into a rather fantastic book which made me laugh out loud several times when reading it. Dougal himself has a really strong voice while the supporting characters are really entertaining, in particular Dougal's sister Sybil and a group of boys who switch between being Dougal's best friends and mortal enemies in the way young boys often do.

I also particularly liked the way the book was put together - the mixture of Dougal's narration, the notes and wills, and the illustrations is eye-catching and does a great job of drawing the reader in. Added to that, the plot is extremely well-worked - I was taken completely by surprise by the ending, but it makes perfect sense when you read the book again (which I've done already - the joys of having a short, quick, and fun read!)

Definitely recommended to people looking for a light-hearted, quirky, and really enjoyable read. I'm looking forward to the further adventures of Dougal Trump!

The all-time classic story of a young boy having riotous adventures while struggling with his family's disapproval is Just William by Richmal Crompton and Dougal is certainly reminiscent of a modern-day William Brown in many ways! Looking at more modern books, I think fans of this one would really enjoy Half Moon Investigations by Eoin Colfer.

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Buy I'm Dougal Trump... and it's not my fault! by Dougal Trump at Amazon You can read more book reviews or buy I'm Dougal Trump... and it's not my fault! by Dougal Trump at Amazon.co.uk.


Bookinterviews.jpg Jackie Marchant was kind enough to be interviewed by Bookbag.

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