The Andy Flegg Survival Guide to Losing your dog, your Dad and your dignity in 138 Days

Mark Pardoe

The Andy Flegg Survival Guide to Losing your dog, your Dad and your dignity in 138 Days
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The Andy Flegg Survival Guide to Losing your dog, your Dad and your dignity in 138 Days

Mark Pardoe

SHORTLISTED FOR THE READINGS CHILDREN’S BOOK PRIZE 2014

 

Hilarious book about a boy coping with puberty, family break-ups, friends, enemies and girls - all recorded in a journal that he has to keep if he wants the Xbox that is rightly his!


According to his tyrannical teacher (and much to his parents' horror), 11-year-old Andy Flegg is a reluctant writer. So that’s how he finds himself forced to write in a journal every day until his next birthday if he wants to get the Xbox that his parents had already promised him. That’s a ridiculous number of Xboxless days! But somehow this writing thing seems to grow on Andy and he soon finds himself revealing all too much!

Review

I’m not embarrassed to say that I love Andy Flegg! We are allowed to read his diary, which he has to write for 130 days if he wants an X-Box, because his horrible ex-teacher told his parents he’s a reluctant writer. When life gets a little crazy he talks to a mutant from the 23rd century he has named Pon4, and he doesn’t even feel weird about it. He’s very funny, even when his parents are causing him a lot of grief and his dog dies. And he’s actually pretty smart and a good writer, even though he doesn’t think so.

Read this book and I think you will love Andy Flegg too – well maybe not love him ‘cos maybe that’s a bit weird, but think that he’s an okay kind of guy and actually very deserving of an X-Box and a visit from Pon4!


Angela Crocombe is the Children’s Book Buyer at Readings St Kilda.

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