CHIL­DREN’S book of the week

Llanelli Star - - FAMILY MATTERS -

HAMISH AND THE MON­STER PATROL by Danny Wal­lace, Si­mon & Schus­ter UK, £6.99, ebook £6.99. ★★★★ ★

HAMISH ELLERBY and his fear­less mon­ster-busting friends must once again save the town of Starkley from im­pend­ing doom, in the lat­est in­stal­ment in the Hamish se­ries from co­me­dian Danny Wal­lace.

Half-de­serted, the whole town has been placed in lock­down with just days to go un­til the ar­rival of an un­known men­ace mak­ing its way across the ocean. For once, Hamish and his pals in the PDF (or Pause De­fence Force) are left strug­gling to come up with a plan, but dis­cover a vi­tal clue to the where­abouts of Alice’s mys­te­ri­ous miss­ing grandma Ly­dia, that could help Starkley fend off its foe. Hamish and Alice must head to the Ama­zon and join forces with the Mon­ster Patrol – with Wal­lace cre­at­ing yet more crazy char­ac­ters in the form of Kit and his side­kick fish mon­ster Smasha, ex­cel­lently brought to life by il­lus­tra­tor Jamie Lit­tler.

Wal­lace’s comedic touch makes ev­ery book in the Hamish se­ries a joy, and the mad­cap capers keep the in­ter­est of even the most re­luc­tant reader.

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