This book is a delight from start to finish. I cannot honestly say that I am a judge of children's literature. I have not read kid's books since, well...since I was a kid, and that was in the early 60s! Are Captain W.E. Johns and Enid Blyton still popular? The only reason I bought the 'The Giggler Treatment' was Roddy Doyle's name on the cover. He is one of our best contemporary writers. 'The Barrytown Trilogy', 'Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha', and 'The Woman Who Walked Into Doors' are gritty slices of life which show a genuine sympathy and understanding of contemporary Irish life. Modern classics, every one of them. I was a bit surprised when I saw that he had written a children's book. Intrigued by the good reviews in Amazon, I decided to risk buying it. I'm I glad I did. The story is just wonderful. It is clever, funny, ingenious, beautifully told...oh, and any other superlatives you like to add. (I particularly love the way that everything takes place within such a minuscule time span. Is Doyle rewriting the rules of children's 21st Century literature in the same way that Joyce did for the 20th Century novel? ) How a child would view this book, I don't know. Favourably, I would have thought. Doyle is irreverent enough to get them onto his side and funny enough to keep them there. There is so much in this book to admire. Buy it for a child, by all means; but read it first. You will enjoy.
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