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Unreal!: Eight Surprising Stories Paperback – 5 Jan 1995

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Age Range: 9 - 11 years
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (5 Jan. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140370994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140370997
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Paul Jennings worked as a special-education teacher before becoming a full-time writer. He has been voted 'favourite author' by children in Australia over forty times and has won every children's choice award in Australia. His books, including Undone!, Unreal! and Tongue-Tied! are hugely popular and he has sold more than 6.7 million books worldwide.


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When I look back over Paul Jennings' excellent books, I find that Unreal is probably one of my favourites. When I recently read it again, I found it was still solid and valid, even though it was printed in the middle of 1995.
There are eight short stories (about 15-40 pages each), which are all funny and some are even slightly disgusting. Let us take the example of the excellent 'Cow Dung Custard' story. The story is in the first person, as many of Jennings' stories are, and this helps you to feel more immersed. Jennings always makes you feel for the characters in his books how he wants you to. But anyway, we have a boy, who has earned him the nickname 'Cow Dung Kid' because his dad is a farmer in the middle of the town. Dad is always mixing up strange concoctions of animal excrement, and the neighbours are complaining. But one day, his dad makes something much worse than anyone could've imagined. 'Cow Dung Custard' is on the loose and it's even killing off the flies it smells so bad! It makes the town smell foul for weeks! One day though, it may come in useful.
In some stories, you will find yourself laughing out loud, but sadly not as much in Unreal as in a couple of others of the 'Un' books. There are some good moments, but I won't spoil them. Often the shear ludicrousness of the whole plot will make you suddenly laugh. Such as in 'Without a Shirt' where the main character cannot finish a sentence without saying 'Without a Shirt'! Or is there a way he can? You'll have to read to find out.
Overall, a very good book, with a few minor flaws. I'd recommend it to you if you like a good book with a good few laughs. Jennings does a nice book for everyone once again.
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Lovely book set containing 8 different stories. If you beg your child to read these books are the way to go to keep them enthralled and eager to turn the next page. You won't have any battles where their reading is concerned.
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my son had me in stiches with this book. its one they have been doing in school. great read for any child
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This book is set in Australia and told by a kid who you can relate to. It is wacky and funny!
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I bought this for myself (I'm 38!) as I so vividly remembered reading it at primary school and I'm so glad I did, it's a really really great book and perfect for my 10 year old son too. Although AMAZON sent it in a ridiculously large box which was silly. Naughty Amazon.
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I think the book Unreal is absolutely fantastic My favourate story is the Lighthouse Blues.Its brilliant! Its got an excellent story line and its emotional too.All the other stories in uncanny are also good, like cow dung custard and wunderpanths.
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Best book I have read in years including David William demon dentist.in one word cool. I love the huge dance of humour and the way he rights in first person.
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