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King Flashypants and the Toys of Terror: Book 3 Paperback – Illustrated, 21 Sep 2017
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The third book in the insanely funny debut children's series from Emmy award-winning comedy writer and cartoonist Andy Riley, scriptwriter for BBC One's Gangsta Granny and The Boy in the Dress.
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Andy Riley is a highly successful cartoonist and comedy scriptwriter. TV writing credits include HBO's Veep, Gangsta Granny, Robbie the Reindeer, Little Britain and Black Books. Film credits include The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists and Gnomeo and Juliet. His bestselling books include The Bunny Suicides series.
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In the first book, we met Edwin, a nine year old boy who just happens to be a king. In fact, he is King Edwin Flashypants the first; the ruler of Edwinland, Of course, he also has an evil nemesis, Emperor Nurbison (complete with an evil laugh, “Foo Hoo Hoo Hoo!”). The trouble with being king is that you have to look after a whole kingdom and, for that, you need help and Edwin has Minister Jill to help him.
He may well need some help in this book, as evil Emperor Nurbison is, to put it frankly, up to something. He is smiling and behaving nicely, which is, in his case, very unusual behaviour. Could the toys that he is handing out to the peasants be part of an evil plot? Of course they are. Great fun to read alone, or independently, with lots of clever jokes to give the stories appeal to adults who may be reading out loud this at bedtime. A great series, with lots of humour and good characters.
There are 170 pages of story and then four pages of Q&A with agony uncle Globulus. Most pages have amusing illustrations, adding to the fun, and there are some silly jokes. It’s divided into eleven chapters, making it perfect for reading over a few days or longer.
The language is generally easy for children aged about 5 or 6 to understand. The font is quite large and well-spaced – our nearly-six-year-old grandson reads it to himself, needing just a little help with some of the trickier words. He loves it being read to him too, and that way we can add some explanation when needed. It would probably best suit an age range of something like 6-10-years.
There are many amusing lines, starting with the opening sentence “Long, long ago, there was a time called ‘the olden days’”. Then there’s “Minister Jill, the grown up who helped Edwin with the difficult bits of running a kingdom, crawled into a sack of potatoes”. We don’t need to go into bogey-flicking here though!
The price of the Flashypants books seems to have jumped. Book 1 was only £3.95 (paperback) on Amazon a year ago. Like this one, it’s now £6.99, with book 2 at £5.49. Still, I’d rate them all well-worth the money.
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