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Barry Loser and the Case of the Crumpled Carton

Written by Jim Smith

Part of the The Barry Loser Series Series

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Barry Loser and the Case of the Crumpled Carton Review

Featured Books for 7+ readers Funny Graphic Novels & Comics Recommended Children's eBooks School Stories

February 2015 Series of the Month - Barry Loser

What to say about the Barry Loser series to recommend it to the uninitiated? Well, if burps, characters with smelly breath, bogey-eating schoolboys and poo jokes make you double up, then these books are absolutely for you. Barry Loser is a real winner as far as six to eight year olds are concerned, even the most reluctant of readers. Divided into short chapters and full of Jim Smith’s distinctive cartoon style illustrations the books are easy reads that deliver every time.  In this new story Barry’s baby brother Desmond Loser the Second is making his life difficult, while outside the home Barry is set on getting his hands on a can of the new drink, Tears of Granny Laughter. Jim Smith writes juvenile farce par excellence – ‘salute the keelness!’ as Barry would say.  

Andrea Reece

Barry Loser and the Case of the Crumpled Carton Synopsis

The 6th book in this Roald Dahl Funny Prize award-winning series. 'My mum and dad are so busy looking after my brand new baby brother, Desmond Loser the Second, that sometimes I wonder if they even know I exist.' There's a new Loser in town, and Barry's not happy about it. The only thing that's keeping him going is a superkeel new drink from Feeko's Supermarket. But then disaster strikes, and Barry has to turn detective to solve the mystery of the century: the case of the crumpled carton!

Don't miss the other books in the series: I am not a Loser, I am still not a Loser, I am so over being a Loser, I am sort of a Loser and Barry Loser and the Holiday of Doom.

Perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Mr Gum and Tom Gates.

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Barry Loser and the Case of the Crumpled Carton 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 Case of the Crumpled Carton Press Reviews

Very funny and cheeky  Booktictac Guardian Online Review

The review of the eight year old boy in our house...."Can I keep it to give to a friend?" Best recommendation you can get  Observer

Hugely enjoyable surreal chaos   Guardian

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ISBN: 9781405268035
Publication date: 29/01/2015
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont UK Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781405268035
Publication date: 29th January 2015
Author: Jim Smith
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont UK Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers
Genres: Funny, Graphic Novels & Comics, School Stories
Recommendations: eBooks
Collections: The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, What To Read Next?,

About 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.It was a three month contract; fourteen years later, Jim is head of design at Puccino's Worldwide Ltd, now an international coffee shop franchise with stores in the UK, Europe and Egypt.In the meantime he's illustrated kids' food packaging for M&S, drawn cartoons on the sides of PJ ...

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