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Monday 4 April 2011

Review: Just Tricking

Yep, here is the book that took Mr Griffiths 10 years to get published. That's right. This was the book that started it all.

And is it good? Was it worth publishing after a decade of trying (talk about tenacious!)? Oh yes yes yes. It was well worth the hard work and the wait because Andy's book is trickaliciously fun.

From its talking page numbers (actually, a talking pirahna) and irresistable margin cartoons, Just Tricking is a laugh fest of kookyness. Following the mishaps and antics of a certain young Andy, readers will enjoy all manner of short stories to tickle the funny bone and addle the adult mind (both win-win situations when it comes to kids).

Aimed at boys but just as gross for girls, stories include a crunchy cockroach tale, a pants-down window-escapee embarassment and a gorilla-gram-o-drama that will have kids cringing in wonder as well as giggling out loud.

Yes, laughter makes the reader grow fonder and what better way to reel in reluctant readers, or kids just keen for a guffaw or two? Griffiths is the master of super cool entertainment - and his passion for kids and reading shines through every single page.

A classic.

Title: Just Tricking
Illustrator: Terry Denton
Publisher: Pan Macmillan, A$14.95RRP
Publication Date: 1 January 1999
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780330361415
For ages: 7 – 12
Type: Junior Fiction