Monday, 13 October 2014
Review: Hooey Higgins and the Christmas Crash by Steve Voake
Publisher: Walker Books
Released: October 2nd, 2014
It's snow season in Shrimpton - time for the nativity play and perfect conditions for testing the SHRIMPTON SUPERSONIC SLEDGE. One Christmas Crash later, Basbo is crumpled up in hospital and Twig's nan is stuck on the ward downstairs after an incident with a slippery salmon fritter. But Hooey and friends are determined that Nan won't miss out on seeing Twig play lead SHEEP-BOY in the Christmas show... There's only one obstacle: STARK-STARING BUG-EYED MAD NURSE MALONEY!
Hooey Higgins and the Christmas Crash is the first book in this series I've read, but it won't be my last! This book made me laugh from start to finish, thanks to its somewhat slapstick humour and endearing characters. I always like a good funny children's book, and this is the perfect read for the run up to Christmas.
In Hooey Higgins and the Christmas Crash, Hooey's friend Basbo ends up breaking his leg and Twig's nan is in the exact same hospital. So that Twig's nan doesn't miss seeing him in the Nativity play, the gang being the play to her, but there's just one problem: they've got to get past child-hating Nurse Maloney first!
This book is split into chapters that could cleverly read like individual stories. They all connect, of course, but reluctant readers will like being able to read one chapter and come back for more later. The characters are all great too, with Twig and mad Basbo being personal favourites of mine. I've forgotten what fun it can be to do school plays, but this book brought it all right back!
Author Steve Voake has a brilliant way with humorous words, and illustrator Emma Dodson effortlessly brings Hooey, Twig and the gang to life with some seriously cool artwork sure to delight younger readers. Hooey Higgins and the Christmas Crash is bonkers fun right from the first page, and I'm looking forward to more from Hooey next year!