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Weirdest Show on Earth

Written by Barry Hutchison

Illustrated by Katie Abey

Part of the Beaky Malone Series

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In a nutshell: laugh-out loud adventures with the boy who can’t lie

Poor Beaky Malone’s life was thrown into chaos when an encounter with the mysterious Madame Shirley robbed him of his ability to tell a lie, making school and home life a minefield. In this latest adventure he has some particular challenges to meet: first, in pre-unable-to-lie days, he’d entered his dog into TV’s Most Talented Pets, claiming Destructo could ride a bike; plus he’s got the starring role in the school play – Romeo and Juliet with Aliens – playing opposite his crush Evie. In Barry Hutchison’s capable hands everything that can go wrong does, and a whole lot of other things too. It makes for first-rate, top-speed situation comedy, the laughs coming not just because of the silly set-up but because we actually care for and sympathise with Beaky too. An honest-to-goodness treat for readers!

Readers who laugh at Beaky will also enjoy Frank Cottrell Boyce’s The Astounding Broccoli BoyMy Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons or The Person Controller by David Baddiel.  ~ Andrea Reece


Weirdest Show on Earth Synopsis

Beaky still can't tell a lie and life isn't getting any easier. When he somehow manages to land a lead part in the school play, Romeo and Juliet ... but with Aliens, Beaky is put in the spotlight. Playing Romeo to Evie's Juliet makes his crush on her even harder to disguise. And now Beaky's old lying ways are coming back to haunt him - his dog Destructo has been chosen to appear on TV's Most Talented Pets because he can ride a bike. Only problem is ... he can't. As everything starts to unravel and Madame Shirley, the culprit for Beaky's truth-telling condition, is nowhere to be found, Beaky is faced with some difficult decisions. Maybe just telling the truth about a few things wouldn't be so bad... Cue chaos, calamity and dogs that can't ride bikes in this hilarious series for fans of Wimpy Kid and Tom Gates.

Weirdest Show on Earth Press Reviews

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

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ISBN: 9781847159069
Publication date: 11/01/2018
Publisher: Stripes Publishing an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781847159069
Publication date: 11th January 2018
Author: Barry Hutchison
Illustrator: Katie Abey
Publisher: Stripes Publishing an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 192 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Humorous, School Stories
Recommendations: eBooks

About Barry Hutchison

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.  

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