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The Mute Button Paperback – 5 Jun 2014
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"BRILLIANT - utterly gripping, well written and one my 2014 favourites so far. For any 9+ readers out there, this is a must-read. The Mute Button is a fantastic book, brilliantly realised and featuring one of the best literary families I've had the pleasure of meeting." (Wondrous Reads)
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Ten-year-old Anthony Button is one of five children in a big, mad family and can name 403 different types of cheese. He has a suicidal cat called Badger, and hasn't yet found that one thing he's good at (besides eating cheese, of course). His family life changes when Ben arrives on the scene and turns out to be his half-brother. Anthony isn't impressed and, in protest, decides to stop talking. The only thing is: will he be able to start again?
The Mute Button covers all sorts of realistic themes and issues, most notably what happens when a new, unknown sibling arrives on the scene. It explores family life and its complicated relationships, as well as the strain put on siblings to over-achieve and be seen as living up to their potential. I imagine children in a big family can feel alone and left out at times, which is what author Ellie Irving focuses on here. Rather than be dull and depressing, she takes a humorous approach to everything Anthony is going through, making The Mute Button a very funny read indeed. From suicidal cats to the worst jokes in the world, it's all here!
There's lots to be found in this book that 9+ children will relate to. Bullying at school, friendship cliques, presentations, loneliness, feeling like a freak - all the usual stuff we go through in a bid to reach secondary school in one piece. Told in a distinct voice, this is the kind of book all primary students should be made to read and hopefully take something from. Whether it's just to smile at the quiet girl every day, or think twice about calling someone a nasty name, it's all relevant and important to making the school environment a better, nicer place.
The Mute Button is a fantastic book, brilliantly realised and featuring one of the best literary families I've had the pleasure of meeting. Novels like this are the reason why I love younger fiction and why I actively try to read a lot of it. I may be in my late twenties, but books and their messages are universal, especially ones like this. Well done, Ellie Irving!
This book is about a boy, called Anthony Button, who has gone a talking strike. This is because he felt he wasn't getting enough attention at home. The first person to notice that he had stopped talking was his sister, Susie. She was very surprised as he was normally a chatterbox. His two brothers were next to notice, with his parents being last. The discovery of an older brother was the reason for the lack of attention at home. The strike is going well until Anthony has to give a presentation in school, which means a lot of talking....
I enjoyed this book a lot. It was really interesting. It had lots about family and was very sweet. I would recommend this for age 8+.
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