This is the story of Jake Biggs and his dad, George. George spends all week knocking down buildings... and all weekend knocking down wrestlers. He's the Demolition Man, and Jake couldn't be prouder. But when Jake hears about a pro-wrestling competition in the USA, and persuades his beloved dad to apply, things don't quite turn out the way he expected...
This is DANNY THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD in Spandex, a hilarious, warm-hearted story from a talented writer.
The book is as brilliant as I thought it would be, and you're all in for a treat next year. I laughed my way through it and almost (ahem) shed a tear or two. Standard fare with Phil, really!
In addition to posting the cover, Phil has kindly written a little Demolition Dad introduction for me, to give you all a taster of what's to come. Have a read...
My dad always told me that no good would ever come of me watching wrestling.
He said I was wasting my time, that it was daft, fixed, that it wasn't a proper sport.
I never listened. I loved everything about it. The drama, the humour, the fact that it was all so over-the-top.
I didn't ever think I'd write about it though. That only came about when I recently reread DANNY, THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD, this time to my son.
Blimey I love that book. It's my favourite Dahl by a mile. The way he paints such a tender relationship between father and son. It made me realise I wanted to pay homage, to Dahl I suppose, but also to my dad (who is magnificent) and to my kids (who make me grin everyday).
I wanted to rewrite DANNY, but knew dad couldn't be a poacher, he had to be something else, something outlandish maybe, something I'd love writing about...
And there it was. BOOM. This dad would be a wrestler. I could do this.
It would be a tribute to DANNY, THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD...but with a lot more spandex!
I've had a lot of fun writing DEMOLITION DAD and inventing the kids who live on Storey Street. So much so that I'm making this fictional road the home of all the books that follow.
I really love the idea that behind every front door on Storey Street, there's a drama waiting for me to tell...
Let's hope you enjoy them too...
Withour further ado, here's the cover for Demolition Dad!
What do you think? Do you love it as much as me? Do give us a shout on Twitter if you have any comments etc., at @philearle, @ninadouglas and @WondrousReads.We'd love to know what you make of it!