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Sunday 3 December 2017

Review: Wilf the Mighty Worrier Battles a Pirate

When a book's opening lines are: 'Oi! What do you think you're doing? Close this book and put it back on the shelf right this minute,' I know I'm in for some fun.

When I don't close the book after a count to ten, and read 'Well, you're clearly a very naughty person. Why are you still here?' I can't help but smile. I have to find out what this story is all about.

Wilf the Worrier doesn't disappoint.

Wilf, his little sister Dot and his pet woodlouse, who is ten millimetres long and has fourteen legs, lives next door to the biddy boldly baddest, most evil man in the whole wide world: at least that's what Alan desperately wants to be.

Despite being scared of almost everything, Wilf is the only one who can foil Alan's dastardly plans. With several false starts to the story and the end of the world looming several times over, it's a challenge to work out what's really happening, but that's half the fun.

Will Alan get to be the baddest pirate in the whole wide world? Will Wilf stop Alan creating his big gun thingy that will sink the world? More importantly, will Dot ever get her bucket and spade back?

Get ready for a rollicking tale of good versus (sort of) evil and a boy who overcomes his worries to save the world. Again.

Whether you are a young confident reader or you share this with an adult, Wilf the Worrier is sure to make you smile. Forget about the subliminal messages on how to overcome your worries. Don't even think about how Wilf railroads the things he fears the most when there is nothing else he could possibly do. You won't regret it. And if you enjoy this rib-tickler, there are four more in the series.

Title: Wilf the Mighty Worrier Battles a Pirate
Author: Georgia Pritchett
Illustrator: Jamie Littler
Publisher: Quercus Publishing (Hachette UK imprint), $
Publication Date: 8 December 2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781848669079
For ages: 6 years +