Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Review: Prankenstein by Andy Seed
Publisher: Fat Fox Books
Released: August 27th, 2014
When Soapy Thompson's granny is shot through the roof on a turbo-charged stairlift he knows that something is not right. Someone, or something, is playing incredible, hilarious pranks on Soapy's family, neighbours and teachers - but who? Soapy and his friends appoint themselves chief detectives to solve the mystery and discover that the culprit is a hairy, superman figure - and a shocking secret!
Prankenstein marks the first publication for new children's publisher Fat Fox Books, and it starts things off very well indeed. Written by funny man Andy Seed, it's the story of prank-loving Soapy Thompson and what happens after his grandma's stairlift shoots her through the roof. Someone is playing terrible pranks on people he knows, but who, or what, could it be?
With the help of his friends, Soapy becomes a bit of a detective in the hunt for Prankenstein. His family unit isn't as supportive of him as he'd like, so having two good strong friendships is important for him. These friendships and familial relationships are all well realised and realistic, if you remove the mysterious prankster from the equation, of course!
Above all else, Prankenstein is very funny with a great turn of phrase. I pretty much laughed all the way through it, particularly at Soapy's flippant, sarcastic comments and blunt humour. I'm always a fan of a funny book, and I'm glad this is another to add to the list. Mind you, I didn't expect anything less from Andy Seed!
Prankenstein is a really fun children's book with an unusual (but funny!) plot and a main character that will be enjoyed by anyone who has the pleasure of reading about him. It's also illustrated with black and white drawings that serve to further the story and paint a picture of certain scenes, and they go well together with the text. I'm really looking forward to seeing what else Fat Fox has on the publishing horizon - hopefully it will be as good as Prankenstein, if not better, though the bar has already been set quite high! I'll definitely be keeping my eye on them, and I think you should too.