"Action and laughs on a mammoth scale"
With both of his eco-campaigning parents out of the house, Percy can’t resist peeking into the spare room to see what his mum is hiding there. And when her realises it’s a gene blender, the super-secret machine his mum’s been working on for years, designed to bring back extinct animals, well, he just can’t resist trying it out on his annoying neighbour Perfect Penny’s equally annoying sausage dog Chip.
Before you can say “Jurassic Park” or “uh-oh”, Chip is a small rhinoceros, Dr Cray from over the road is a (talking) rat and the machine is in bits on the floor. They need to fix it before his mum gets home but just as important they need to keep it out of the hands of evil entrepreneur Felicity Fischer, an amalgam of Cruella de Vil and Elon Musk.
The story starts off at pace and just gets speedier, the laughs coming thick and fast, while still finding time for Percy and Penny to develop as real characters. It’s great fun and culminates in a truly fantastic car chase.