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A slightly irritating child narrator, but a good idea for a story.,
This review is from: What I Did (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)Billy Wright is six years old and spends a lot of time with his dad, whilst his mum is out at work. One day, whilst out for a walk, Billy nearly runs into the road and his dad smacks him hard on his bottom several times. A passer by sees this and reports Jim, Billy's dad, to Social Services. They swoop in very quickly and Jim becomes very defensive about his actions. He loves Billy immensely, and this is clear to the reader, but he doesn't help himself.
The story is told by Billy, and I veered between finding it a quite endearing narrative and just being plain irritated by it. He gets a lot of words muddled up and this is sometimes funny and sometimes a little annoying. I did find it quite hard to get into Billy's style and it was a bit wearing for a while, but once I got into it more I found it much easier. I do wonder if it would have helped if we could have had an adult's viewpoint every now and then, to break it up a bit. Billy is a sweet character, totally unaware of the fact that some of the things he says are having an unfortunate effect on his family.
I'm not sure six year olds are quite as clever as Billy, but I think he needed to be quite sharp to be able to tell the story effectively. I found this a reasonable read, and it's a very interesting idea, but it didn't totally work for me and I think it's because Billy's voice was a little bit much for the whole of the book.