Beaky Malone: The World's Greatest Liar by Barry Hutchison

Beaky Malone: The World's Greatest Liar

Written by Barry Hutchison
Illustrated by Katie Abey
Part of the Beaky Malone Series

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In a Nutshell: the truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth!

If they gave out black-belts for telling fibs, Beaky Malone would be a seventh Dan master. All that changes though when he steps into a rusty metal box that appears to be a truth-telling machine and becomes incapable of uttering a single untruth. It’s a brilliant comic set-up, made even more entertaining thanks to Beaky’s family situation: his bickering aunt and uncle have just arrived for the weekend, with his cousins Max aka ‘Satan in shorts’ and creepy Sophie in tow. Add his teenage sister Jodie into the mix, and their nutty dog Destructo, and the stage is set for a very silly, but very, very funny adventure. Barry Hutchison expertly keeps the plates spinning and there’s an involving adventure beneath the absurdity. ~ Andrea Reece


Beaky Malone: The World's Greatest Liar by Barry Hutchison

Dylan Malone, aka Beaky, has a habit for telling porkies - every time he opens his mouth, out pops a whopper...But then his long-suffering sister shoves him into the truth-telling machine at Madame Shirley's Marvellous Emporium of Peculiarities. Now Beaky can't tell a lie - not even a teeny-weeny one - and a truth-telling Beaky is even worse...

The first title in a brand-new illustrated series featuring comic-strip pages and doodles, Beaky Malone is the funny and endearing central character who ricochets from one crazy caper to another. Expect madness and mayhem at every turn with guaranteed laugh-out-loud moments from one of the UK’s finest comedy writers for young people.


Praise for Beaky Malone: World’s Greatest Liar

"...this paean to outrageous whoppers is a quick-fire delight." - The Guardian

“Wild, wacky and brilliantly entertaining story about the power of truth - and lies.” – The Week Junior

“Seriously gut-busting, classic Hutchison humour...If you're looking for a rib tickling read, then this is the book for you.” – Serendipity Reviews

“A thoroughly entertaining read, definitely ideal for reluctant readers. I love books that make me chuckle and Beaky Malone does this over and over again.” – Book Lover Jo

“Laugh out loud funny from beginning to end.” - The Book Zone

“As his troubles grow his madcap capers will have you roaring with laughter while rooting for Beaky throughout.” - South Wales Evening Post

“Full of humour, with brilliantly depicted characters and wonderfully comic illustrations, this is just the sort of book to give reluctant readers, girls and boys, to help them appreciate the wonder of books.” – Parents In Touch

“Features plentiful comic-strip illustrations and incidental doodles that add energy and heart to a fun story of life in a cheerfully dysfunctional family. Best not to read this under the desk at school or on public transport, as the inevitable loud laughter may be embarrassing.” – Booktrust

About the Author

Barry Hutchison

Barry Hutchison was born and raised in the Highlands of Scotland. He was just eight years old when he decided he wanted to become a writer and 17 when he sold his first piece of work. His work includes the Invisible Fiends series for HarperCollins and The Shark-Headed Bear Thing for Nosy Crow. He also writes for TV. Barry lives in Fort William with his partner and their two children. Read a Q&A with the author here.

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Stripes Publishing an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group

Publication date

2nd June 2016




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