The Abominators and My Amazing Panty Wanty Woos by J.L.Smith, illustrated by Sam Hearn
It’s back, and hopefully anyone who occasionally peeked at this blog before will be able to find me now I’ve moved here. Anyway, on with the review!
Cecil Trumpington-Potts is the new boy in school. Unfortunately, he is also the poorest boy in school, following his dad’s ludicrous and ultimately disastrous investment in Soup in A Hat and Baseball Caps for Sheep. Being home-schooled all his life though, with only a nanny for company with a habit of babytalking to him, Cecil is keen to make new friends. So, he picks the kids who catch his eye first, the terrible Abominators, so called because they’re the kids who filled the school toilets with strawberry jelly and regularly flick bogeys across the classroom. One problem though; Cecil is a bit, well…. posh. He talks posh, he acts posh and worst of all, he calls his pants his ‘Panty Wanty Woos’!. The Abominators don’t want him to join their gang, so they come up with three Impossible Tasks for Cecil to show how worthy he is to be in their gang. Can Cecil complete the tasks without getting into a world of trouble?
Good for a giggle is this. Cecil is a bit oblivious really to everything, he’s so fixed on being the Abominators friend. For instance, he knows that the Abominators thought it would be fun to have a food fight, so he ‘organises’ one by shouting out ‘Food Fight!’ and hiding under the table in the school dinner room, completely failing to spot that actually no, the Abominators aren’t exactly great role models and although they want a foodfight, everyone else probably doesn’t.
I liked the teachers too, especially Miss Jeffries (who helps out at the Grimley Bucket Museum in her spare time because she finds the history of buckets fascinating) and Mr Nutter (whose really quite jealous of nearby snooty school Lofty Heights Primary and their bulging trophy cabinets, including the coveted Shiny Shoe Award). Did I mention that this book is quite silly?
The only thing I’d say about this is that from the title, you’d guess it was all about the terrible Abominators, but this first book in the series is all about Cecil. Not that that’s a bad thing, it’s really quite funny reading the conversations between him and his dad, owner of a magnificent plaited beard tied with a velvet ribbon (you should see the pictures).
Looking forward to the rest of the series and a rather neat book to keep newly developed readers going.
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