Genre: humour, historical fiction
Key Stage: 2/3
The Ice Monster, David Walliams (2018)
David Walliams is versatile and funny children’s writer. He has also been awarded with an OBE (Order of British Empire) and it is truly deserved. He is also a judge on the British TV Show: ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. In addition to this, he features in many films and is normally in films which are based on his books. His jokes appeal to audiences of all ages and evoke much laughter.
This book is all about the relationship of a 10,000-year-old mammoth, called Woolly and a small Victorian urchin called Elsie. Being brought up in ‘Wormly Hall’ was hell on earth, but Elsie’s story telling skills makes her head a factory of creativity.
I enjoy reading about the HMS Victory, which was Lord Nelson’s actual flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar! Elsie spins an idea in her head and soon they bring up the anchor on this old-fashioned ship and quickly glide through the frozen Thames with the good intention of heading to one of the coldest places on earth…
This book is a read-before-you-miss-out type: a really READ BEFORE YOU MISS OUT! Its description of the lives of orphans back in the 1800s and class inequality subtly educates its readers, as well as inducing tears of laughter through the jokes.
Reviewer: Mahdi Amin