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Book review: Deadly!

Deadly! by Morris Gleitzman and Paul JenningsREVIEWED BY KOBE, YR 4, WA

Deadly! by Morris Gleitzman and Paul Jennings, Puffin, ISBN 9780143300243

Kobe reviewed her own copy of this book. This review was longlisted in Alphabet Soup’s 2020 Young Book Reviewers’ Competition. 

Deadly! is a story about a boy named Sprocket, who has lost his memory and a girl named Amy, who has lost her dad. Two of them are on a quest that will take them to the weirdest nudist colony in the world – a hidden community whose dangerous experiments are keeping the nudists alive artificially. Now their secret is out, are Amy and Sprocket’s lives in peril?

Read this Young Australians Best Book Awards 2001 and 2002 award-winning book to find out! This book is a really funny one that will make you laugh for a long, long time! So I don’t see why you should not buy this hilarious book and have a little chuckle or a big laughing party!

Morris Gleitzman and Paul Jennings have worked brilliantly to create such an amazing book! They have both made a lot of details about the story, for example, when Sprocket and Amy were in a room, Paul Jennings and Morris Gleitzman said that insects SLOWLY crawled over them and crawled into a blue fart cloud made by Sprocket. They have also completed it by so much humour, such as, Sprocket fainted in a nudist woman’s arms during a hug and found out that people were tugging him in all directions! I am sure they spent a lot of time writing this book to make it full of fun!

I hope you get to read this book over and over again, just to cheer yourself up by laughing your head off if you’re upset from a bad situation. I encourage you to buy this book and pass it on to relatives, friends or even just bring it to the bus with you because it is always nice to have a smile on your face, so that the whole world will have a glamorous smile on it! I really like the bit where Sprocket finds out what his real name is.

A moral is included in many books, for instance, ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’ has a moral that slow and steady wins the race.

For me, the moral of this story is that everything can be worse than you think, so don’t think your life is a wreck or a disaster, but always try to look at the bright side.

This really helps me because sometimes I worry too much. Like last time I left my bathers at the swimming pool and I thought it was the end of the world. But the next morning, I found them still lying there untouched, and that frightened feeling helped me to remember to bring them back on that day, and never lose them again.

I hope it’s useful to you, too!


During May and June Alphabet Soup will be posting all the book reviews by those longlisted in our 2020 Book Reviewers’ Competition. 

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This post was added by Rebecca Newman. Rebecca is a children's writer and poet, and the editor of the Australian children's literary blog, Alphabet Soup. For more about Rebecca visit: rebeccanewman.net.au.

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