Friday, 22 August 2014
Review: The Case of the Exploding Loo by Rachel Hamilton
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Books
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: May 22nd, 2014
Quirky twelve year old Noelle Hawkins may be one of the brightest girls in her class but even she is completely miffed to explain how her dad, wacky scientist Big Brain Brian, spontaneously combusted while sitting in a portaloo. It's true that he was working on a new top secret Brain Ray machine and was on the point of a great break-through - could this have had something to do with his disappearance? Know-All is sure all is not as it seems and with the help of her sister Holly she is determined to find out what really happened to her dad!
One of the many reasons I love middle grade books is because of how mad they're allowed to be. Nothing is too crazy or too silly, and as a result they're often very, very fun. The Case of the Exploding Loo is one such book, and I think it wins the award for most bonkers debut of the year!
Noelle is a clever girl, with a photographic memory and an IQ of 157. She likes science and investigating which all comes in handy when her dad, renowned scientist Professor Brian Hawkins, goes missing after an unfortunate portaloo explosion. It's up to Noelle to crack the case and find her dad, but is she up to the job?
The Case of the Exploding Loo is funny, imaginative and perfect for any budding Sherlocks. There's clues galore throughout the novel, plus lots of science stuff I didn't understand and a conclusion I didn't see coming. I've never been very good at solving mysteries or calculating scientific equations, but no doubt some younger readers will do much better than me!
I enjoyed The Case of the Exploding Loo and its wacky story. Both boys and girls will find something to enjoy within its pages, whether it's the loo explosion itself or Noelle's determination to solve the mystery of her disappearing dad. It's great children's fiction for all the family!