Hanging Out, by Catherine Bateson, illustrated by Adam Carruthers, Omnibus Books for Scholastic Australia, 2010
Weston is coming for a visit while his parents are on holiday, and Ben is worried. Last time Ben saw Weston, Ben made up lots of stories about his life in Melbourne, and now Weston will find out he wasn’t telling the truth. Ben tries to make his mum change her mind.
I remembered everything I had said.
“Mum, he really can’t come here.”
The only true thing I’d told Weston was that we lived near Puffing Billy. We can hear its whistle blow from our house.
As soon as Weston arrives, he’ll start asking about all the activities Ben bragged about. What will Ben do?
This is an early chapter book in the ‘Mates’ series. The colour illustrations by Adam Carruthers are fun. My favourite is a drawing of Miss Phillips on page 35, but I can’t tell you why because it will spoil the story. 🙂
Do you think Ben should tell Weston that he made up most of the stories about his life in Melbourne?