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King Flashypants and the Evil Emperor: Book 1 Paperback – 14 Jul 2016

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (14 July 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444929593
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444929591
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.6 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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An insanely funny debut children's series from Emmy award-winning writer and cartoonist, Andy Riley (Aldershot News & Mail)

The book is funny and fast paced. It's a dream to read alone or to share with children ... Brilliant for 7-12 year olds. Particularly recommended for boys and reluctant readers. (Making Them Readers)

Brilliantly original and hilarious. It's nearly as good as one of my books. (David Walliams)

Two words - such fun! (Miranda Hart)

Features an evil emperor with the silliest laugh and wacky illustrations. One for fans of Horrid Henry and Tom Gates (The Guardian)

A brisk, bumptious read, full of preposterous names, surreal imagery and daft sound effects. (Financial Times)

...mountains of silliness, bags of inventiveness and lots of charm! (Caroline Horn Reading Zone)

...full of the most outrageous humour and brilliant detail. (Andy Seed Hatman Reads)

With illustrations and hearty laughs on every page, this is sure to keep readers in stitches. (Carrie Morris The Best New Children's Books Guide)

The funniest and most enjoyable book for this age group for quite some time. I even sang the song at the end. And apparently more to come in the series. I can't wait. (Clare Zinkin Minerva Reads)

This book made me (and my sister) laugh out loud a lot; the story is funny, the descriptions are hilarious, the extraordinary characters have fun quirky names and the illustrations made me giggle too. [...] At the end of the book there is the music and lyrics for "The Emperor's Striding Theme" which I am learning to play because like the book it's really funny and everyone deserves a theme tune. I recommend this book to everyone because its fun, quirky and hilarious. (Myth-hill The Guardian Children's Books Young Reviewers)

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The insanely funny debut in a new 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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These Flashypants books are fantastic! We started with the 2nd one by mistake but we just want more! 6 year old can read most of the text, 3 year old can't wait for storytime and we all (adults included) roll about laughing at the brilliant humour. Not found any books as good as these.
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My nephew loved it
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I read "King Flashypants and the Evil Emperor" to my 6-year-old daughter. She absolutely loved it, laughed out loud often and chanted "read the book, read the book" whenever I took a break to make a few notes. So much so that this review will be more about feelings than a description of the narrative. Have I mentioned I loved it too? Well I did, in fact I got quite as excited as my little one.

The plentiful jokes for adults in the form of witty asides and the fantastic Minister Jill (who wants to go to Grey Cardigan Land where the cardigans are so amazingly dazzlingly grey it hurts your eyes) made it justifiable that I loved it, but if I'm going to be honest it was the kid bits I loved even more. Reading this made me feel bright eyed and astounded, excited and incredulous, booing the Evil Emperor (you know he's evil because he wears black and has a little goatee beard) and his dastardly ways and cheering the brave King and his loyal advisers. My perma-smile at the language and imagery was interrupted only by my shocked inhales of breath at the machinations of the Evil Emperor.

My daughter especially loved the illustrations - childlike in the best possible way and actually helping to move the story forward.

The adult in me absolutely delighted at the political allegory - all that glitters is not always gold, and what someone says to get into power may have little or no resemblance to what you actually get (and is probably based on a lie). The moral didn't have to be subtle though because everyone gathers at the end to discuss what they have learned.

This book was crazy, clever, original, surreal, deep and utterly shallow - pretty much perfect in every way.
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This book is perfect for our children who have just recently developed a love for reading. Our youngest is only just learning and has enjoyed trying this out with her older brother. The story is superb and engaging with short , large type pages and plenty of black and white illustrations.

There are 200 pages, 12 chapters and a nifty theme tune to learn at the end. The humour is perfect for children, well written and easy for beginners and confident readers alike.
It involves a young King, lots of chocolate and a clever villain....all geared hilariously for a child's imagination.
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Charlotte who is 7 is reading this book on her own and says it is really funny and the evil emperor is really evil and horrible . She says it is a very good book and really likes it.
I say well written appeals to a 7 year old sense of humour.
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Black and white illustrated edition of a great story, a new take on a classic about the emperor's invisible clothes. Would suit older children (young KS2).
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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 July 2016
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Recently, I have seen this book everywhere – on television, in newspaper reviews and on kids websites – so obviously Hodder Children’s Books feel they have something worth pushing and I was keen to read this with my daughter and see whether it was worth all the hype. Author Andy Riley is an Emmy and Bafta -award winning scripwriter, who has written cartoon books and comic strips, before turning his attention to children’s books.
At around 200 pages, with loads of black and white illustrations, short chapters (and even a theme tune to learn to play) this has loads of appeal for children of approx 5+. It has particular appeal for reluctant readers, as it is a fairly easy read, without too much text on each page. However, of course, to make it work, it has to have a good story and I am pleased to say that this certainly does.

Edwin is a nine year old boy who just happens to be a king. Ruler of Edwinland, he spends all of his pocket money buying chocolate for the villagers, while Minister Jill really does all the ruling. Then, one day the money runs out and Edwin finds he is danger of being invaded by his evil arch enemy, Emperor Nurbison (who of course has an evil laugh, “Foo Hoo Hoo Hoo!”). You can, of course, tell he is evil by his scary castle, complete with narrow path and lots of bats…

Can King Edwin come up with a sneaky plan to defeat the Evil Emperor Nurbison? Can he get hold of some more pocket money? What follows is a madcap story, with fantastic characters and a book which really cries to be read aloud. Even better, it looks as though King Edwim will have more adventures – we look forward to reading them.
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Unashamedly child-focused - the plot feels just perfectly as if taken from a primary classroom, it's aimed beautifully at the age group.

A young King, Edwin, spends all his pocket money each week on chocolate for his peasants, who love him for it, but who also start feeling hard done by when the Royal pocket finds itself empty... Will the evil Emperor Nurbison in the kingdom next door (who has his own striding theme - included) be able to use this to his advantage an taken over Edwin's realm?

It's hilariously silly, it's a great cast of characters (lots of females - Edwin's Minister Jill and Megan the Jester). The chapters are short so will keep the attention of a young reader or listener (my son is five and thought it was great fun), and is easily readable for an 8 or 9 year old. He said the pictures reminded him of Captain Underpants, and for him that's definitely a compliment. I liked the comic-look of it too, it kept with the tone.

We will definitely be looking out for the next in the series. Edwin makes a memorable and likeable King.
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