Monday, 28 July 2014
Review: Knightmare - Life Stinks! by Peter Bently
Publisher: Stripes Publishing
Released: April 7th, 2014
Cedric Thatchbottom can't wait to train as a squire, serving Sir Percy the Proud - a knight famed throughout the land for his glorious deeds. But this famous knight isn't all he appears to be, and Cedric soon finds himself being run ragged around Castle Bombast by his new master. Roland the Rotten has challenged Percy the Proud to a duel. But the famous knight refuses to take part because he's lost his lucky underpants. It turns out that Percy is lying to avoid the fight. With his new master's reputation at stake, Cedric finds himself stepping up to the challenge...
Knightmare: Life Stinks! is exactly the kind of children's book I love. It's fast, funny and not afraid to make a joke of itself - basically brilliant! Peter Bently knows his stuff when it comes to comedy writing for kids and I can absolutely see why he won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. I'd say it was very well deserved, too!
Life Stinks! is the first in this series about Cedric Thatchbottom and his work at Castle Bombast. Cedric works for a knight called Percy the Proud (who is really anything but proud), his best friend is a jester called Patchcoat and his enemies are Sir Roland the Rotten and his goons who live at Blackstone Fort. In this book Cedric finds himself charged with the task of getting Sir Percy out of a joust. The only question is how?
I knew I'd enjoy this book as soon as I read the first page, and I was right. It's just my kind of daft, easy humour and Fred Blunt's illustrations are fantastic. They suit the writing so well and everyone looks exactly how I imagined them to look, especially Patchcoat the Jester.
Knightmare: Life Stinks! is a great read for anyone who enjoys a good laugh with their books. Knightmare: Feast Fight! is next in the series and also next on my reading list. I must find out what happens to Cedric and the inhabitants of Castle Bombast!