How Harry Riddles Mega-Massively Broke the School by Simon Mayle

How Harry Riddles Mega-Massively Broke the School

Written by Simon Mayle
Part of the Shoutykid Series

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April 2015 Book of the Month Harry Riddles, aka the Shoutykid, is back for a new adventure. How can he solve all the problems of his family? Most urgently, with twins imminent, how can he get his sister a job far, far from home so that he doesn’t have to give up his bedroom when the twins come? Harry’s letters and emails to everyone he thinks might be able to help including President Obama and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are fresh and funny. They capture the widely varying concerns of Harry and many of his contemporaries.

Devotees of Geek-lit, as typified by Wimpy Kid, Tom Gates or Barry Loser, will be delighted with this second book in Simon Mayle’s laugh-out-loud series, Shoutykid. Harry Riddles has all the right geek credentials: an obsession with computer games; a dorky friend; an evil big sister; and a new threat to his happiness (his mother is about to give birth to twins). The action is described in a series of written communications with friends, family and, even on occasion President Obama and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Letters, emails, texts and even the World of Zombies community forum are all employed to good comic effect and the epistolary format makes this a quick, easy read. Harry is resolutely cheerful, even when things are not going well, and these are warm as well as very funny stories. ~ Andrea Reece

Harriet Wilson, from publisher HarperCollins said about How Harry Riddles Made a Mega-amazing Zombie Movie, the first book in the Shoutykid series “We snapped up Shoutykid because the hilarious voice of Harry Riddles shouted loud and clear that he was the funniest kid in fiction. You can’t help but fall for Harry – as his life unravels he remains relentlessly optimistic and his genuine belief that the world’s luminaries might lend him a hand (or a tenner) is both moving and side-splittingly funny. Now that Harry has found his voice, you’re sure to be hearing a lot more from him.”

Reader Reviews

Our Lovereading4kids reader review panel were invited to read and review the first book in the Shoutykid series, How Harry Riddles Made a Mega-amazing Zombie Movie...You can read their reviews here.

  • Taela, age 9 - 'A fun, silly and a bit sad diary about Harry and his on-off friend and cousin in California called Charley. In their email diaries you find out lots of crazy things that kids get up to. I love this!' Read full review >
  • Alex Faulkner, age 10 - 'Shoutykid is a funny book written in letters over the internet.' Read full review >
  • Isaac East, age 8 - 'Shoutykid is a great book. It is written as lots of emails which is unusual for a book but interesting. It also made it really quick to read.' Read full review >
  • Rohan Delamere, age 8 - 'This amazingly funny book is about a boy called Harry Riddles who is trying to make a zombie movie called ‘My Pet Zombie’ but it all goes horribly wrong. What will happen next?' Read full review >
  • Sam Harper, age 10 - 'Harry has a lot of problems but can a hot-shot director, Harry Styles or even the Queen help him? One thing is certain, Harry will be sure to ask! Hilarious, with a really cool format. I loved it!' Read full review >
  • Daniel Aconley, age 11 - 'An enjoyable book that made me want to carry on reading to see what would happen next.' Read full review >
  • Charlotte Rosevear, age 9 - 'I didn't like this much because it was mostly emails between Harry and Charley his cousin, and sometimes its just "LOL"!' Read full review >
  • James Harrison , age 10 - 'This was a really, really enjoyable book. Anyone who has read it can't not love it. If there's a sequel pleeeeeeeeeeeeease can I have it?!' Read full review >
  • William Sheehan, age 9 - 'This book is awesome, epic, funny and entertaining...I hope that the author writes lots more adventures for Harry.'
  • Alexander Bisland, age 8 - 'I thought it was a good book and I always wanted to read on...I give it a big 10/10.' Read full review >
  • Tom Greenan, age 8 - 'If you liked Diary of a Wimpy Kid then you will like this brilliant book.' Read full review >
  • Leia Honeyman, age 10 - 'A hilarious book filled with laughs and some drama. I loved Harry Riddles a fantastic new character. This book was a joy to read. Totally awesome.' Read full review >
  • Alina Wraith, age 9 - 'Shoutykid was an interesting book that made me laugh and I liked Simon Mayles’ style but I found it confusing in parts and didn’t enjoy it as much as other books I’ve read recently.' Read full review >
  • Hannah Lunt, age 7 - 'Once I got into it I couldn't put it down because I wanted to know if it was a good ending for Harry. I've told my friends how good it is too.' Read full review >


How Harry Riddles Mega-Massively Broke the School by Simon Mayle

Follow Harry's hilarious ups and downs told through laugh-out-loud letters, emails and texts.

Hi there,

My name is Harry Riddles, and I live with my mum, my dad and my EVIL sister Charlotte. But now my mum is having TWINS so either me or Charlotte are gonna lose our bedroom. ALSO, Dad's moaning that I should do more sport and not be just a gamer (which shows what he knows cos I'm actually the BEST gamer World of Zombies has ever seen). But I've joined the school football team to keep him happy although if we win anything it will be a miracle cos we suck.

I've written to some stars of the football world to see if they wanna help out, and also a bunch of people who might take Charlotte off our hands - oh and Brad Pitt's wife to see if she wants to adopt a couple more kids, but who knows if they will write back. We'll see.

Good luck and have fun.

Harry Riddles

Visit Shoutykid's website for hilarious blog entries, competitions and learning
resources at


"Totally awesome...the trials of Harry Riddles life are laugh out loud funny. I could not stop laughing. Go out and grab a copy you won't be disappointed." Leia, age 10

"If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Tom Gates you will like this book... it's really funny and it made me laugh." Isaac, age 8

"Unlike any book I've ever read. I loved it!" Sam, age 10

"Awesome, epic, funny and entertaining. I love the way the book is written in the form of letters and emails and texts. I hope that the author writes lots more adventures for Harry." William, age 9

About the Author

Simon Mayle

Simon Mayle grew up in the USA but now lives in Cornwall with his wife and their own shoutykids. He is an award-winning screenwriter for film and TV and amongst his credits are There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble – winner of a Brown Bear at Berlin Film Festival, Golden Griffin at Giffoni and best feature at Vienna and Kyoto festivals. Shoutykid is his debut children’s novel.

Photo credit Monty Whitebloom

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Book Info


400 pages
Interest Age: From 8


Simon Mayle
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HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

26th March 2015




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