The Further Adventures of the Queen Mum by Harry Hill
|The Further Adventures of the Queen Mum by Harry Hill|
|Category: Confident Readers|
|Reviewer: Keith Dudhnath|
|Summary: A gloriously surreal picture book with the Queen Mum taking centre stage as a (literally) down to earth superhero.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 80||Date: October 2007|
|Publisher: Faber and Faber|
Ever wondered what the Queen Mother has been doing since she died? In this delightful children's book, comedian and TV presenter Harry Hill tells the story of the people she's come down from heaven to sort out.
She saves a street thug from a life of crime, a fashion model from some tablets it's claimed will "make her feel better", and the world from Tex Oilnut's unwillingness to sign up to a treaty to combat global warming. Typical fare for your average children's book!
The Further Adventures of the Queen Mum is barking mad, and a true treat as a result of it. Particular favourite moments include "and he was married to a grateful customer: 'I made great savings on my quarterly bill so I married him.'", playing noughts and crosses with Henry VIII instead of having a gin and tonic, and of course arm wrestling with Mother Theresa.
Silliness bursts from every page. Hill's illustrations are basic, but ooze charm, and will make children and adults laugh as much as the words do. Everyone loves nonsense (and if they don't, the Queen Mum will come down from heaven and tell them why they should love it). It's nonsense of the highest calibre from start to finish, and will become an immediate favourite of anyone who reads it.
Although the book briefly touches on some potentially thorny issues (violence, drugs, reincarnation), the silliness in which they're presented means they're actually handled perfectly, and are completely appropriate for children of any age.
Thanks to the publishers for sending it to Bookbag.
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