Boffin Brainchild Paperback – 26 Sep 2013
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"A real page turner and great fun!" - MICHAEL MORPURGO. "This is a funny, intriguing and fascinating story." - BOOKS FOR KEEPS. "... a great book for younger readers - clever, thought-provoking and funny." - CLARE POOLE, P & G Wells, Winchester, children's bookseller and reviewer. "This is a brilliant book for the reluctant young reader." - DR LYNN MOORE, educational psychologist and specialist book supplier to schools. "This is an exciting and hilarious book, great for more reluctant readers." - WATERSTONES BOOKSELLER REVIEW
About the Author
Jill Jennings was born and grew up in Ireland. She now lives in North Yorkshire with her family and 14 animals. A radio talk about how future robots could learn, heard in a traffic jam on the way to her dentist, inspired "Boffin". But having several uncles who were inventors and engineers probably helped too. This is Jill's second children's book. Her first was "Pyjama Jones", an adventure in which Toby Jones falls into a secret city of ancient Egyptians right under his feet and is soon running for his life!
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An exciting story with delightful illustrations.
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The author understands that this being will per force be "born" without knowledge, as we are, and then slowly LEARN the intellectual and emotional lessons necessary to live successfully in human society, not as a slave (we humans have a very bad track record in this regard), but as an individual who deserves the same rights as humans. This process is called LEARNING, and the author leads us from the inevitability to the acceptance of this relationship. I am impressed!
And your child will be, too. The book will be both fun and thought provoking for them. Fear not, the author has handled this well, and your children will both enjoy it AND get it! Buy it, read it, and both of you can learn about this thorny issue from a young boy who befriends and defends Boffin Brainchild.
A word of caution. The text is sprinkled with idioms and colloquialisms that will confound those who are not familiar with the twists and turns of British English and it's colloquialisms. I often found myself mystified. Keep Google close by to translate these turns of phrase both for yourself, and certainly for your child.
Of course, if you are British, it'll be a slam dunk.