Reader Reviewed Barry Loser and the Holiday of Doom by Jim Smith

Barry Loser and the Holiday of Doom

Written by Jim Smith
Part of the Barry Loser Series

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This is the 5th madcap book in the Barry Loser series, perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Mr Gum and Tom Gates. All of our Lovereading4kids reader review panel, made up of children love this series, and some said it is even better than its rivals! Be careful where you read this series for both the story and the illustrations will guarantee uncontrollable hysteria throughout.

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading4kids expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first title in this series, Barry Loser: I am Not a Loser.

  • Evie Hollingshead, age 10 - 'Brilliant, funny book! If you love books that make you giggle then you must read this. Barry Loser and another boy Darren are always playing tricks on each other and get competitive. I loved it!' Read full review >
  • Alex Bateman, age 8 - 'it is hilarious.  Barry does silly things and his granny has a really weird haircut.' Read full review >
  • Sam Harper, age 10 - 'Fun, frolics and lots of poo, Barry Loser is hysterically funny. If you love Tom Gates, Wimpy Kid and Timmy Failure, you'll love these too. They're absolutely fantastic!' Read full review >
  • Milind Kowsik, age 7 - 'I like the way the author has made you laugh with funny words and silly pictures.This book is a brilliant book, I am going to read all of Barry's books!' Read full review >
  • Isla Moore, age 9 - 'I really enjoyed this book because it is about a young boy who is definitely not a loser, which I found very funny.' Read full review >
  • Daniel Aconley, age 11 - 'A good, funny book. The illustrations were brilliant.' Read full review >
  • Daniel Harrison, age 8 - 'I liked this book because it made me laugh. There are good characters in the story.' Read full review >
  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 9 - 'This is a very funny book. If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, you will LOVE this. Lots of laughs all through the book.' Read full review >
  • Charlie Swan, age 8 - 'This book was extremely funny and very silly.  I loved it!  It is twice as good as my other favourite book of this kind (the Tom Gates books).   I would like to read all the other Barry Loser books.' Read full review >
  • Charlotte Rosevear, age 10 - 'I am not a Loser is a great book and I would recommend this book to any one who just want to have a laugh.' Read full review >
  • Leoni williams, age 8 - 'This book is very very very funny. Even though I think it's mostly for boys, girls can read it too...Me and mum sometimes read them together and even she laughs.' Read full review >
  • Hannah Baer, age 10 - 'It is a really funny book with lots of hilarious moments.' Read full review >
  • Isaac East, age 8 - 'I am not a loser is a good book because Barry Loser is really funny!' Read full review >
  • Emily Lonsdale, age 8 - 'Very funny book that I read in a few hours.'  Read full review >
  • Lucy Keaveny, age 8 - 'Barry is the main character in this book and he is sort of a big loser. He always comes up with really weird ideas.' Read full review >
  • Izzie Wood, age 10 - 'I like the book. I would rate it a 6/10.' Read full review >


Barry Loser and the Holiday of Doom by Jim Smith

'My best friend Bunky is sort of like my pet dog, so it was weird when he suddenly started fancying a cat one day.' Barry can't wait to tell his friends that they've been invited on his family caravan holiday to Plonkton. But the weekend by the sea doesn't turn out to be the keelfest Barry was hoping for. It's all his best mate Bunky's fault for going and falling in love. Oh. My. Unkeelness!

There's a great website which accompanies the Barry Loser series, full of extra information about your favourite characters and games and activities to do -

Roald Dahl Funny Prize award-winning series.

About the Author

Jim Smith

One of the World Book Day 2014 Authors After graduating with a first class degree in advertising, graphic design and illustration in 1997, Jim Smith was spotted by the owner of a small coffee shop chain and brought in to fill the walls of their flagship store with his paintings.

In the meantime he's illustrated kids' food packaging for M&S, drawn cartoons on the sides of PJ smoothies, created in-store graphics for Orange phone stores, designed book covers and branded a New York based Iced Tea company.

'I am not a Loser' by Barry Loser, the first of a series of children’s books 'spellchecked' by Jim, was published in 2012, having already sold rights to nine countries. The sequel, ‘I am Still Not a Loser’ was the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 and declared the funniest book for children aged seven to fourteen.

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240 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont UK Ltd

Publication date

31st July 2014




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