CHIL­DREN’S book of the week

Gloucestershire Echo - - FAMILY MATTERS -

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.

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