The delicious achievement of this book is that it meets that often guilt-propelled obligation to read a bedtime story to your child, whilst totally taking away all of the labour-intensive boredom that can accompany the task. This book was probably written as much for the delight of the parent as it was the entertainment of the child. It is Andy Stanton, but better. Andy Duncan has managed to create a book that will capture a child's full enjoyment (what child wouldn't like to hear of silly knights with cool hairdo's, aliens with amazing jam snot and wizard's with excessive back hair), whilst simultaneously providing the grown up in the room with a deliciously nostalgic and contemporary "nod" to modern culture in a thoroughly witty way. Our world of technology and soap operas, the 'pop star', the fad and the fashion is all lightly mocked. The humor is always gentle, yet sharp. Clever throughout. You will not be bored! You will often be delighted. As mother to a girl who has also experienced bullying, I think the book has something to celebrate deeply: the bullies are dealt with in the most satisfying way, without cruel retaliation, but wit (and perhaps a mention of a historic wedgie). A wonderful debut. When is the next coming out?