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Monday 5 April 2021

Review: The Odds

Kip likes to go unnoticed – it’s easier if everyone simply ignores you. She likes the quietness of staying in the shadows and the city outside is so loud.

What happens when your favourite characters come to life and step out of their worlds to interrupt your quiet unobtrusive life? The answer is mayhem, chaos and embarrassing situations.

How do you explain a race car driver leaving his video game, or a dragon-hunting rabbit leaving his comic strip or a dinosaur from Kip’s nightmares?

Kip hopes she is dreaming and that she will wake up soon, but that doesn’t look that will happen in a hurry.

All Kip and her Dad need to do is come up with a plan to get the characters back to where they come from.

One of the highlights is the author, Matt, inserts himself into the story and even provides a script so the characters know how the story will potentially play out. There is an hilarious exchange about who the main character should be.

At school, all the students must tell the class something unique about themselves – this is Kip’s worst nightmare – standing in the spotlight and drawing attention to herself.

How will it all end? Does Kip tell them the truth about her friends The Odds?

Matt Stanton’s junior graphic novel is a hilarious and heart-warming story about discovering your true self and asks the question why should we be made to fit in?

Title: The Odds

Author/Illustrator: Matt Stanton
Publisher: ABC Books, $14.99
Publication Date: 29 October 2020
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780733340635
For Ages: 6 - 9
Type: Junior Fiction