Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Review: The Accidental Prime Minister by Tom McLaughlin

Publisher: OUP
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: April 2nd, 2015
Rating: 7.5/10

Amazon summary:

When Joe tells a local news reporter exactly what he would do if he were leader of the country, the video goes viral and Joe's speech becomes famous all over the world! Before long, people are calling for the current leader to resign and give someone else a go . . . and that's how an ordinary boy like Joe ended up with the most extraordinary job. Now the fun can really start . . . Hats for cats! Pet pigs for all! Banana shaped buses! Swimming pools on trains! A hilarious story of one boy's meteoric rise to power!


The Accidental Prime Minister is as crazy as it sounds, posing many questions and embracing the madness that accompanies a twelve-year-old boy running the country. It made me seriously wonder what it would be like to let a kid be in charge of very important things, and I've come to the conclusion that it would most definitely involve bouncy castles, jetpacks and fancy dress days. They're among Joe's greatest achievements as Prime Minister, and they certainly make life more jolly for everyone!

This book is illustrated throughout and is reminiscent of titles by David Walliams and Roald Dahl. It has a certain charm to it that younger readers will love and, even though there are one or two moments when you really have to suspend disbelief, for the most part it's pretty realistic and on point. In fact, it's a great idea and I enjoyed getting a glimpse into a world run by an almost-teenage boy.

Tom McLaughlin's writing is great to read, humorous and light yet full of opinions and questions. Anyone reading it will wish they could be Prime Minister for at least one day, and they'll wish they too could travel by jetpack and hang out with the Queen. Overall it's a wonderful middle grade book that's topical and ripe for discussion, though mostly it's just a fun read that leaves you with a big grin on your face. More please!

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