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Friday 11 January 2019

Review: Total Quack Up!

What an entertaining collection! These eleven stories are a Total Quack Up! thanks to all the talented writers that have contributed to this collection. All royalties will go to Dymocks Children’s Charities. 

It’s the ideal pick-up and put down book for junior readers - especially the reluctant ones. The titles are crazy-funny, and reflect what’s to follow. But be prepared to be surprised!

Dreamed of being a superhero? Deborah Abela shows that even when your dream comes true, the best laid plans can cause a hiccup. 

Ann hated her name so she chose a new heroic one to adopt. Being eight years old doesn’t signify perfection although that’s what the new Ann – Arabella Von Champion, believed. But Ann’s superhero persona gets more than she bargained for.

It’s the Pigs against the Goats in a soccer match that should give the Pigs the world record for being the worst scoring team ever. But flukes change that tune and the outcome is far from what’s expected.

Ratscapades fill the story of how to get rid of a rat-hating principal, while pandemonium sets in when Tom goes to the neighbour’s house to pet sit her bird and cat.

What can you do with a dad that is a practical joker, embarrassing and irreversible? There is only one way to correct his bad habits and that’s to turn the tables on him.

This is a taste of what can be expected. Each story has an animal in them either as protagonist or has a significant or pivotal role in the story. They are imaginative and unbelievable creations of absurdity at times, but ever-so hilarious I couldn’t stop laughing.

I suggest anyone that is in the dumps and needs a surge to pick them up, should get this book and read it. Read it on a train and get everyone’s attention as you will be overcome with irrepressible laughter when you open up the cover.

I simply must add, with hand on heart, that the funniest part was reading the page titled About the Illustrator – James Foley. It took me an age to calm down and every time I thought back to what I’d read, I burst into uncontrollable laughter! His illustrations are equally funny and expressive.

This book is beneficial to many in countless ways. If you are looking for something different, humorous and incredible for your Christmas stocking or any other reason, don’t go past this book. Keep it at home for those dark days when chocolate simply won’t lift your spirits.

Title: Total Quack Up!
Author: Various: Edited by Sally Rippin & Adrian Beck
Illustrator: James Foley
Publisher: Penguin Random House, $14.99
Publication Date: 15 September 2018
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143794905
For ages: 7+
Type: Junior Fiction Anthology