The Book That Made Me: David Almond 20/03/19
Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties
Publisher: Puffin Books
Humza Khan is an 11-year-old who devotes most of his energy into trying to be a cool rapper, AKA Little Badman. His style is somewhat cramped by his super embarrassing, super strict and cricket obsessed dad, who calls pants ‘knickers’.
Only Humza seems to notice that something isn’t right about the teachers in his school dropping like flies and replaced by Pakistani aunties on a mission to fatten everybody up. But can Humza, with help from his best friend Umer, their old class-swot-turned-friend Wendy, and Humza’s (slightly reformed) dad, really save the world from this terrifying Invasion of the Body Snatchers-style alien threat?
Children have (at least until the publication of Zanib Mian’s The Muslims) been pretty much starved of highly amusing books starring Muslim characters, so let the revolution begin!
Adults or teens that have experienced the delights of Humza’s Diary of a Badman YouTube channel will have a small inkling of the sparkling and mischievous wit that now exists in book form. A perfect read for Tom Gates fans: prepare for big belly laughs and great advice on how to be yourself.