CHILDREN’S book of the week
CHARLIE CHANGES INTO A CHICKEN by Sam Copeland, Puffin Books, £6.99
SAM Copeland will have you laughing out loud with his new children’s book, Charlie Changes Into A Chicken – a side-splitting debut from the literary agent who himself represents a raft of bestselling authors.
The first in a new series, illustrated by award-winning Sarah Horne, sees nine-year-old Charlie Mcguffin discover an amazing, but highly unusual power – the ability to change into animals.
Brought on for the first time when Charlie is worried about his sick brother and hears his mum and dad arguing, he soon realises he has no control over his new-found superpower. He drafts in his three best friends to help him work out what triggers his secret talent, before risking public humiliation on stage at his school production.
It is fantastically ridiculous and silly in equal measures, and will have readers snorting with giggles at the thought of spiders with eight bums and what happens when a rhino gets caught short.