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The Boy Who Made the World Disappear

Written by Ben Miller

Illustrated by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini

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The Boy Who Made the World Disappear Review

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Black holes and a red mist in a funny, mind-expanding story

Ben Miller cleverly mixes real science and observations of real life into a mind-expanding story, and gives it something of the feel of a fable too. Harrison is generally a good boy, but he does have trouble with his temper. He loses it spectacularly at another boy’s birthday and, to make a point, the party entertainer sends him home with – wait for it – a black hole. It’s useful for getting rid of things he doesn’t like, but when he accidentally loses things that matter, he needs science, determination and the help of his family to put things right. The science is real enough to make us think it could happen, and the storytelling more than good enough to make us wish it had. 

If The Boy Who Made the World Disappear sparks a desire for more science based adventure, look out for books by Christopher Edge and Ross Welford.

Andrea Reece

The Boy Who Made the World Disappear Synopsis

'Stories are often about a good person who does a Bad Thing, and this is no exception...' Harrison tries his best to be good. He doesn't steal, he always shares with his sister and he never cheats at board games, but Harrison also has a BIG flaw ... He can't control his temper!

So when he's given a black hole instead of a balloon at a party, Harrison jumps at the chance to get rid of everything that makes him cross. But when it's not just things he hates that are disappearing into the black hole but things he loves, too, Harrison starts to realise that sometimes you should be careful what you wish for... An out-of-this-world adventure about twists of fate, time travel and troublesome black holes, Ben Miller's stunning storytelling is paired with beautiful illustrations from emerging talent Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini.

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ISBN: 9781471172670
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781471172670
Publication date: 2nd April 2020
Author: Ben Miller
Illustrator: Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Collections: Free Books to Enjoy,
Other Categories: Free Books for 7+ readers, Free Books for 9+ readers, If They Like...They'll Love

About Ben Miller

Ben Miller is an actor, director, and comedian, best known for writing and starring in The Armstrong and Miller Show and his role as Rowan Atkinson's sidekick, Bough, in Johnny English Strikes Back. Other recent big screen roles include What We Did On Our Holiday with Billy Connolly, and the much-loved Paddington 2 with, well, Paddington. On television, he is best known for the crime comedy drama Death In Paradise which has been a big hit worldwide. Photo credit Faye Thomas Photography

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