The Parent Agency by David Baddiel
A Review and a CompetitionPoor Barry... Boring parents, annoying goody two-shoes twin sisters, not being allowed to play video games and being called Barry- just a few things from Barry's list of complaints about his family.
Imagine if you could choose your own Mum and Dad though- what type would you choose? Rich, famous, fit, cool or something completely different?
When Barry arrives at The Parent Agency he discovers he is able to choose any of the parents on their list and to top it off he can have the birthday party he has always dreamed of. What could possibly go wrong?
This book is very funny and has a bit of a twist. I liked the way the children's world was a copy of ours but different- the Parent Agency is based in Youngdon which has landmarks like the Shard Skelter, Marbles Arch and the Play-houses of Parliment. Some of the characters are really hilarious and lots are very strange. I like the way the story flowed from one set of parents to the next.
This was a great book for children age 7-12, I read it in no time at all and didn't really want to put it down- you will definitely want to know what Barry decides in the end. The chapters were a good length (not too short but not so long that you get bored!) and whilst this is very much a proper book I didn't find it difficult to read by myself. Although I did also enjoyed listening to a few of the chapters read by my Mum to me- mainly because it was funny to hear her say 'Bum, bum, bum' when Barry has found out he can be as rude as he likes with his cool parents!
I think David Baddiel has done a great job with The Parent Agency, which is his first children's book. I can't wait to see what his next book is like.
If you like the sound of The Parent Agency why not try to win yourself a copy in our competition, or if you can't wait to read it you can buy it here- http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Parent-Agency-David-Baddiel/dp/0007554508
David Baddiel seems to have lots of other ideas for great parents, watch him here http://youtu.be/sUMyICBQ7uc and let us know what type you would like best? I love the idea of parents who can fly!
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