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A Hilarious Historical Story,
This review is from: Tassie and the Black Baron (Paperback)
It' difficult having the most embarrassing family in the world. Tassie's Mum, Dad and twin younger brothers never fail to cause mayhem wherever they go, so you can understand why she isn't looking forward to a daytrip to Huffington Castle with some strange old lady in tow. The thing is, this doesn't turn out like a normal trip. While the family is off causing trouble, Tassie and her new elderly friend, Grandma, travel back in time to save a certain Prince Billy from the evil Black Baron, Brutus. As Tassie lands in the middle of a busy medieval castle (with Grandma as a talking horse!) she soon learns that poor Prince Billy is a bit of a wimp who just wants to marry his beloved Princess Violetzka and write terrible poetry. But his cousin Brutus has come to the castle and intends to stay. He plans to duel Billy to the death, kill his father, marry Violetzka and sell off all the peasant children. If Tassie wants to change history and turn Huffington into a cheerful place once again, she must think of a way to save Billy from the Baron.
And so a plan is hatched! With the help of the peasants, Violetzka and a talking horse, Tassie is about to tackle Brutus' weak spot, his hay fever! First of all they cram his tent full of flowers, next they cram his stomach full of food and with a sore belly and a runny nose they hope he will be no match for that poor soppy Billy. There is one unforeseen glitch however, Tassie's family has travelled back in time and with their usual talent for chaos they are about to turn all of our hero's plans upside down.
This is the perfect book for those who enjoy the Horrible Histories series but always wished they came with a story. A historical fiction that is at its heart a pure work of comedy with just the sort of goings on those young readers will find hilariously funny. Including some dreadful poetry, the hokey kokey, a talking horse and a young girl with a candle stuck to her head and bottom-kicking trainers on, there's plenty to laugh at. Children should also strongly identify with Tassie, what child is not certain that their family is too embarrassing to bear? In this case however, it turns out to be true which will only add to the reader's enjoyment as the story keeps cutting back to an argument between Tessie's dad and the tour guide, descending into a pitch battle that results in the police being called out.
The heroine is an admirable role model with a very resourceful and determined attitude. She hatches one genius plan after another and has no time for bullies and fools. As you would expect, the story ends happily ever after with one final lesson. If you're going to behave like a bully and take over someone's kingdom, make sure there aren't any time-travelling girls around or you're doomed!
An excellent and funny light read for a rainy day or after a visit to your local castle. A book for all those dreamers who just wish they could go back in time.