CHILDREN’S book of the week
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.