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January 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: In all honesty, a book to have readers laughing aloud | Poor Beaky Malone: once an accomplished fibber, he’s now condemned to be completely, even brutally honest at all times thanks to an encounter with a little old lady who just might have been a witch. Barry Hutchison takes this comic set up and plays it brilliantly as Beaky blurts out one embarrassing truth after another; funnier but more painful for Beaky still, his teachers never believe him. Forced to spend the school trip partnered with the school’s nastiest bully Beaky can’t stop himself telling everyone that Wayne wet his pants in year 6, making for a particularly tense day. It’s cleverly structured and the characters are deftly drawn too so that we feel for Beaky even as we laugh at him.
I like to smell my own farts... Gah! Someone shut me up!
It's been 92 hours since Beaky last told a lie. So far he's survived two full days of school with only three light beatings, two telling-offs and one wedgie ...but the annual school trip is going to take Beaky's survival skills to a whole other level - especially as a mix up in the school office means that Beaky and his class are on a trip to Learning Land, an educational theme park aimed at eight-year-olds. And home to cheery-but-creepy Clumso the Clued-up Clown whose job is to dish out fascinating facts to one and all.
But there is worse to come when Beaky's partnered with Wayne, a.k.a the school bully, who has a morbid fear of clowns. With Beaky unable to tell a lie and Wayne intent on beating him up, things aren't looking good. And that's before they find themselves on the run from a manic clown who'll seemingly stop at nothing to track them down...
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
|Publication date:||12th January 2017|
|Publisher:||Stripes Publishing an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Humorous, School Stories|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, eBooks|
Barry Hutchison is an award-winning children’s author and screenwriter. Since 2008 Barry has written over 80 books for children, including several based on the hit TV show, Ben 10 , and a terrifying horror series Invisible Fiends . When not writing he is usually visiting schools and libraries to run events and story-writing workshops for kids and adults alike. Barry lives with his family in Fort William. Read a Q&A with the author here.More About Barry Hutchison