This Book is Not Good for You by Pseudonymous Bosch

This Book is Not Good for You

Written by Pseudonymous Bosch

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Mysterious, marvellous, witty, exciting and dangerous. Here, in this the author's 3rd book that you really shouldn't be reading but few have taken heed, you'll meet a cursed aztec artefact, an evil and deranged chef, a secret jungle lair inahibited by cocoa-crazed monkeys and the most dangerous chocolate ever created.

A message from the author:

I am aware that there are those of you (tens of thousands I lament) who have failed me before when I warned you against reading my previous books - The Name of this Book is Secret and If you're reading this it's too late. I can only hope that you have not suffered from knowing their dangerous secrets as I have, forced into hiding all these years.

Also make sure you don't go near or - both of which are filled with top-secret information only for those brave enough to venture in!

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Now there is a fourth book in the series, This Isn't What it Looks Like, and here is a "piece of passion" from the editor:.

Sssh! Don’t tell anyone, but this is a sneak preview of the fourth, fantastic book in Pseudonymous Bosch’s Secret Series. I love catching up with the crazy escapades of our heroes, Cass and Max-Ernest, and this book is no exception. It’s inventive, exciting, quirky and very, very funny, building up to the heart-stopping revelation that we’ve all been waiting for. Yes, this book is definitely a secret worth sharing. As for the mysterious Pseudonymous Bosch – no one writes books with his unique sense of mystery and madness. But who is he? I wish I knew…


This Book is Not Good for You by Pseudonymous Bosch

The third quirky, original and deliciously dark comic adventure from the phenomenon that is Pseudonymous Bosch, author of the hilarious bestseller The Name of This Book is Secret.

Cass, Max-Ernest and Yo-Yoji, the youngest members of the top-secret Terces Society, have been given a crucial mission: to track down a cursed Aztec tuning fork that has the power to recreate any flavour the user has ever tasted. No sooner have they succeeded than Cass' mother is kidnapped by evil chef Senor Hugo, who demands that they hand the fork over so he can use it to create a deadly chocolate recipe for the Terces Society's sworn enemy, the Midnight Sun.

Determined to rescue Cass' mum, the kids track the Midnight Sun to their sinister cocoa plantation in the jungle, but when Cass and Yo-Yoji are tricked into eating Hugo's chocolate, it is up to Max-Ernest alone to get the rescue mission back on track - and free the Midnight Sun's enslaved workforce of children...and monkeys. Bursting with inventive characters and laugh-out-loud moments, readers will be instantly hooked once more by the stylish, tongue-in-cheek story-telling of Pseudonymous Bosch.


'Reminiscent of Lemony Snicket.' - The Bookseller

Review of ‘This Book is Not Good for You’ by Books for Keeps [4 stars]

This is the third book in the ‘Secret Series’, which is planned to comprise five books in all. Each book is based on one of the senses. The Name of This Book is Secret (2007) was based on smell, If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late (2008) on sound, this one on taste; the remaining two are being based on sight and touch. This intriguing premise underlies a story about the struggle between three American children and a sinister international organisation, the Midnight Sun. The struggle relates to ‘The Secret’, which dates from Ancient Egypt and, in this book, is vested in one of the children, Cass (short for Cassandra). The book includes several references to the earlier books, and undoubtedly the series is best read in order.

All three children come from dysfunctional families of one sort or another, but their special qualities emerge in the adventures that follow. In this case, it concerns the rescue of Cass’s mother, who has been abducted by the Midnight Sun. But a major element of the book is the way in which the author, ‘Pseudonymous Bosch’, interpolates his own personality as a major character – one with a great liking for chocolate, which is also central to the plot. Keeping his own identity secret (although he is presumably the dimly lit, chocolate-eating figure who appears on YouTube), he takes an external, sardonic view of the text. Tristram Shandy-like, he changes the order of chapters, presents one chapter in partially successful invisible ink and prints a message to the reader from the Midnight Sun. He also employs ‘learned wit’, with its gentle mockery of precocious erudition. Schoolboy facts, often reminiscent of The Dangerous Book for Boys, turn up in witty footnotes dealing with subjects ranging from cacao seeds to the meaning of ‘oxymoron’; sometimes the footnote questions a ‘fact’ that appears in the text.

There is no doubting the educational interest of much of this material, while the context should engage the reader with its air of complicity in eating chocolate as much as in unravelling The Secret. In character terms, the children’s backgrounds are described in a graphic, even hyperbolic, way, yet still demonstrate real problems faced by young people. Possibly because of this superstructure, some of the plot elements are slightly under-developed, with characters and incidents that can fail to resonate fully with the reader. But overall this is an entertaining, enlightening and enhancing read which should appeal to a wide age-range.

About the Author

Pseudonymous Bosch

DISCLAIMER: Usborne books and Pseudonymous Bosch cannot be blamed for the effect of reading his books. You have been warned - there may be consequences!

Many people laugh in the face of danger but not Pseudonymous; his story had to be dragged from him with threats and bribery but now it is here written down. It is up to you whether you have the courage to follow this story of mystery, murder, strange powers and evil foes, although if you do not you may miss out on a BIG secret.

But who is PSEUDONYMOUS BOSCH? Pseudonymous Bosch is a pseudonym, or as he would prefer to call it (because he is very pretentious), a nom de plume. Unfortunately, for reasons he cannot disclose, but which should be obvious to anyone foolhardy enough to read this book, he cannot tell you his real name. He describes himself as impetuous, immature, immodest and immoderate and likes to spend his spare time eating but admits to a deep-seated fear of mayonnaise.

Writing is not his only trade; he is also a spy for a very small country but of this, for your sake and his, we can say no more. Pseudonymous writes in the dark as his words tend to scare him, the subject matter being so terrible. However the dark also scares him so the only thing that gets him through the trauma of writing is chocolate. Pseudonymous is carrying on with his writing for Usborne, despite the danger. This bravery has paid off to some extent as he has recently been nominated for a Juvenile Edgar Award in the United States, although if he wins it is doubtful he could attend in case this jeopardises his cover.

A short interview with mysterious author Pseudonymous Bosch

Q: Is chocolate really your favourite food?

Q: Why do you not like mayonnaise?

Q: Have you written anything else?
A: Lists, mainly. Shopping lists, laundry lists, that sort of thing. A few thank-you notes when my mother made me. Oh, and when I was a kid I wrote a story about a mouse detective and a missing piece of cheese. Cheese, of course, being my second most favourite food.

Q: Do you plan to write anything else?

Thanks for the great questions, but remember, the books are meant to be secret. Please don't repeat a word I've said. Or if you must, repeat only the most boring ones. And repeat them over and over until you drive everybody away.

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Publication date

26th February 2010




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