A review by Emma Streeton
Max and Abby hardly ever agree on anything … until now! They are both desperate to get out of this Friday’s swimming carnival. A sea-monster, the maths Olympiad, spotty rashes, good twin versus bad twin and a swimming instructor named Chad are just some of the things in store for Max and his friends in this brand-new Funny Kid adventure, Belly Flop.
Funny Kid is the mega-bestselling series from author-illustrator Matt Stanton that’s got everyone laughing. My bookworms absolutely adore his previous 7 books in this series. His latest book Belly Flop delivered plenty of laugh out loud moments in my household. Both my bookworms had high hopes and I can certainly say they were not left disappointed.
Every kid loves to laugh
Matt Stanton has previously stated that he created Funny Kid based on the belief that not all children say they love to read, but every kid loves to laugh. He still clearly holds onto this line of thinking. I praise Stanton for having created such a great series that will undoubtedly appeal to the most reluctant and hesitant of young readers. As the series progresses so does the reader’s love for Max and his friends.
Although Funny Kid Belly Flop is the eighth book in the series, this book can easily be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone. The black and white illustrations remind me of comic book drawings, particularly with the use of speech bubbles. My bookworms really like Stanton’s bold drawings. Their simplicity is clearly a winning formula.
Full of pranks, slapstick comedy and lovable characters, the Funny Kid series continues to delight with its latest installment. Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Stanton’s other books will be sure to love the adventures of Max.
Emma and the bookworms are Matt Stanton fans so they also recommend the Self-Help for Babies series. – Editor.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Imprint: ABC Books – AU (HarperCollins)
Format: paperback, 272 pages
Age: From 7 years
Category: JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories