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Book Review: Stitch Head by Guy Bass

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Their description:

In the maze-like dungeons of Castle Grotteskew, the frightfully insane Professor Erasmus conducts his bizarre experiments on living things. His very first creation has been long forgotten – a small, almost-human creature, known only as Stitch Head. Poor Stitch Head has spent years vying for attention amongst a menagerie of freakish monsters. When a travelling circus ringmaster, Fulbert Freakfinder, promises to make him a star, Stitch Head wonders whether there is another life for him. But first he has to catch the professor’s latest creation – a monstrous three-armed creature that’s just smashed its way to freedom . . .

  Stich Head front cover

My thoughts:

I loved this book. The beautiful, creepy, detailed illustrations in the first few pages gave me a very good feeling – then when I was immediately gripped at the first page, and I warmed to lonely Stitch Head straight away, I knew I’d found something special.

The monster characters are fantastic, scary-funny like a Tim Burton film. The story is fast-paced and action-packed, and has depth and a heart, witty language and snappy dialogue.

If you like the sound of mad scientists, magic potions, spooky castles, friendly monsters, circuses and fearless heroines and “curtain-covered carriages trundle-clopping across lamplit cobbles,” then this book is for you.

Aside: I read this at the same time I was reading my mum’s new book ‘Brilliant Psychology,’ so I kept thinking that Stitch Head is suffering from anxious-avoidant attachment issues caused by neglectful parenting.

I will be reading more of Guy Bass’s books!  Am going to his website now to find more…

http://www.guybass.com

Book Review: Granny Grabber’s Whizz Bang World

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Granny Grabber’s Whizz Bang World by Charlotte Haptie

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Delilah’s over-achieving parents want nothing more than for Delilah to win the Worldwide Junior Extreme General Knowledge Competition. Delilah tries to live up to their expectations, but it’s hard when they don’t seem to care about her at all.

Granny Grabber is the slightly wonky housekeeping/childminding robot who comes to look after Delilah, and for the first time Delilah gets an inkling of what it’s like to have a normal, loving childhood. But when her parents are sent a replacement upgrade robot, Granny Grabber is at risk, and Delilah has to save her.

I can’t gush enough about this lovely book. Granny Grabber’s robot language is hilarious, Delilah is a lovely sympathetic character, her parents and the rival housekeeping robot are fantastic baddies.

I laughed a lot, and finished the book with tears in my eyes. It’s rare to find a book so genuinely funny, so this is definitely one for parents to read to their children.

The book feels very modern, with the robots and themes of celebrity – but it also feels very classic and I think it will stand the test of time. It’s an easy, fun read for any child 7+, but the writing and story are perfect and I would recommend it to anyone.