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Eddie Albert and the Amazing Animal Gang: The Amsterdam Adventure

Written by Paul O'Grady

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Eddie Albert and the Amazing Animal Gang: The Amsterdam Adventure Review

Adventure Stories Crime / Mystery Debuts of the Month Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Funny Stories about Animals

Exciting adventures, wonderful villains and a boy who can talk to the animals

April 2022 Debut of the Month

There’s something special about Eddie Albert and that is he can understand and talk to animals. He keeps it a secret of course, but even so it’s got him into scrapes at school (he was rescuing a trapped seagull) plus the other kids think there’s something not quite right about him. When he’s sent to stay with his wealthy Aunt Budge in Amsterdam then, imagine his surprise to discover that she can do it too. His holiday gets even more exciting when he spots a kidnapped orangutan that desperately needs help. With his new friend, Flo, plus his pets Butch the dog and Bunty the hamster, Eddie sets out to rescue the creature. The adventures that follow are funny, lively and feature a fabulous cast of characters including one of the best villainesses since Cruella de Vil. The author’s love for animals shines through and Butch and Bunty provide many of the best moments. There are black and white illustrations by Sue Hellard throughout, an extra treat, lovely sketches of the setting and our heroes, the two and the four-legged ones.

Andrea Reece

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A message from the author Paul O'Grady ‘I’ve never written a children’s book before, and I originally wrote this for my own amusement and hadn’t really thought about publication – it was just something to occupy the time during lockdown. However, as the story progressed, I found myself becoming quite passionate about these characters, both animal and human, and found that in the storytelling I hoped that I could get a subtle message across that – just like us – all animals have feelings and deserve love and respect, but unfortunately there are some humans who don’t see it that way. Eddie Albert is a smashing little lad, who, despite all the rotten hands that life has dealt him, comes up trumps in the end. I’ve become fiercely protective towards this brave little fella and I hope that readers will enjoy reading about his exciting, not to mention dangerous, holiday in Amsterdam.’ 

Eddie Albert and the Amazing Animal Gang: The Amsterdam Adventure Synopsis

The hilarious and action-packed middle grade adventure from beloved comedian and bestselling author Paul O'Grady.

Unbeknownst to anyone, Eddie Albert can speak to animals - including his pet dog Butch, his hamster and his two pet goldfish (who claim they were once pirates).

What Eddie can't do is fit in . . . until he is sent to stay with his eccentric aunt in Amsterdam. But then Eddie spots a captive orangutan being taken along the river. So begins a hilarious adventure as Eddie, his new friend Flo Aunt Burge and a whole gang of amazing animals take on the most dastardly villain Amsterdam has ever seen, in a desperate race to save one of their own . . .

Eddie Albert is a technicolour cinematic adventure packed full of friendship, animals, action... and always, of course, a wicked sense of humour

Eddie Albert and the Amazing Animal Gang: The Amsterdam Adventure Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading4Kids expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

I have watched some of Paul O'Grady's animal programmes so I was excited when I saw this book by him. It's a great story about a boy called Eddie who can talk to animals. Along with his other pets, they get into an exciting adventure. I really couldn't put the book down! Full review

Lukas Stewart (Age 13)

A crazy adventure for a boy who can talk to animals! Full review

Aidan Jones (Age 10)

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ISBN: 9780008446833
Publication date: 31/03/2022
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008446833
Publication date: 31st March 2022
Author: Paul O'Grady
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Crime / Mystery, Funny, Animals
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month, Reviewed by Children

About Paul O'Grady

Paul O'Grady first came to fame in the guise of Lily Savage, and was nominated for a Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1991. Lily later became a regular on many TV shows but has now retired (reportedly). Paul himself went on to further success presenting his chat shows on Channel 4 and ITV, For the Love of Dogs and Animal Orphans on ITV, and his weekly show on BBC Radio 2. His four volumes of adult autobiography are all Sunday Times bestsellers. Eddie Albert and the Amazing Animal Gang is Paul's first novel for children.   Photo credit Kirsty Mattsson

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