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Sep 01 2017

Wigglesbottom Primary: The shark in the pool by Pamela Butchart and Becka Moor

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Wigglesbottom Primary book 2. Nosy Crow, 2015. ISBN 9780857634818
(Age: 6-8) Recommended. Humour. Three more stories of primary school mayhem from the Red House Children's Book Award shortlisted author, Pamela Butchart. This time the children are afraid that there is a shark in the pool while they are having their swimming lessons. Then Gavin is sure that he has found a dinosaur bone in the school garden while the class members are convinced that the play parchute can make them invisible.
This was just as funny as the first in the series The toilet ghost, and will have children rolling in the aisle with the antics of the class. Kids will gain an good idea of how rumours can be spread and panic ensue as things happen in the pool in The shark in the pool. Then everyone will be interested in the idea of finding a dinosaur bone in the garden with Dinosaur Bones and will thrill to the idea of a parachute making you invisible in The parachute of invisibility.
All the stories are quite original and very funny with great twists at the end. The illustrations are fabulous, especially the shark with its enormous teeth and greatly add to the fun of the stories. The poor teachers handle the mayhem very well and are sympathetically portrayed.
A great book for the emerging reader, who will have lots of fun reading this.
Pat Pledger

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