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Tuesday 27 March 2018

Review: Danny Best: Me First

Welcome to four more stories with the antics and habits of Danny Best that kids love to read. Danny Best believes he is the best at everything, and nothing in the world can make him believe otherwise.

In Tongue Tied, Danny has decided to break the world record of speaking with his tongue out for twenty-four hours. This entails viewing masticated food, being spat on as he’s talking, and all sorts of gross actions connected to saliva, for a whole day. 

Fab is employed to be witness and documenter of this great feat. But there are challenges as usual, and choices to be made. 

Can Danny Best, the biggest self-believer, achieve what seems to be the impossible? Will he overcome all the delays and obstacles described point-to-point that he encounters on his road to success?

Big Game Hunter is a special occasion for Danny. It warrants the wearing of his Man of Steel watch. Puffer Point Pier is the gang’s destination. And everyone else’s it seems! Their goal is to catch Old Yelloweye, a fish which Danny claims in his scrapbook, is 120 years old. How will this be possible when tiddlers are all anyone hooks, and these get thrown back into the water? When Pugsley gets involved, he becomes an overnight sensation in the newspapers.

There is a ‘bum-free’ story where Danny’s class is set the task of writing a ‘wholesome’ story about family; as if that’s possible for Danny’s class, and especially Danny. But the wily Danny Best has ways and means of circumnavigating the set rules. Will he really get the Excellent he believes his story is worth?

In the last entry, Boy Versus Wild, Danny is determined to experience the outback but can’t get any of his friends to share the joy with him.  They all appear to have something else to do. Therefore it’s left to Danny’s boundless imagination to transform chickens into pterodactyls, Pugsley into a feral pig, and anything available to him into what he wants it to be. For Danny is a boy who always wins; someone full of invention, undefeated in every situation, with a brain powered by brilliance.

Added to the astonishing and entertaining mayhem that rules the pages, is a Goggle Map view of his area, pictures of all the people with starring roles in the stories, posters, speech bubbles, four of The Best Quiz, lots of other unbelievable things to discover and get hysterical about, and and Mitch Vane’s magnificent illustrations that spice up every page. Fans of Danny Best will love this one too, and long for the next instalment of chaos and laughs.

Title: Danny Best: Me First
Author: Jen Storer
Illustrator: Mitch Vane
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 22 January 2018, $17.99
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780733333354
For ages: 7+
Type: Junior Fiction