Who better to write a cracking family funny than British comedian, novelist, screenwriter and television presenter, Mr David Baddiel. The children and I were super excited to receive an advance copy of ‘The Parent Agency’ which my daughter, Millisent 7yrs, simply won’t put down. The Parent Agency is an epic page-turner that we race home from school for so that we can all snuggle on the sofa to read.
This is a truly wonderful, wish-fulfilment adventure for every child and adult alike and has given us so many laugh-outloud moments as a family as the comedy aspect is on point for all ages, and as we’re reading together I can’t help but chuckle at the comically critical and heartfelt references he makes towards parents that I too do with my own children. The lead character is a delightful child called Barry who is fed up with his mum and dad for being so tired, boring and strict all the time, always giving his sisters special treatment, oh dear deja vu! And so he wishes that he had better parents, can you see where this is going?
After a row with his parents, Barry storms off to his room resultantly travelling through his bedroom wall and finds himself in a whole new world not so far away, where children are actually allowed to choose their own parents. Barry’s dream undoubtedly comes true, as children rule the world and have the monopoly over adults. And so he sets out to test-drive his potential paternal suitors, from the rich and famous, to the most energetic and attentive, but it’s not quite as simple as it first seems…
The book is cheerfully illustrated by Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner Jim Field and launches this October; a stocking filler you really won’t want to miss.