Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face and the Badness of Badgers

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Stinkbomb’s tenner has gone missing and he can only conclude that is must be the badgers that have taken it. Badgers are bad; they knock over dustbins, frighten chickens and drive too fast. They must be stopped, and Stinkbomb and his little sister Ketchup-Face are off on a mission to just that.

Their mildly perilous journey includes a visit to the King, the rescuing of a shopping trolley from a river, singing songs about jam and enjoying all the perks of being on a quest in a story has to offer, like meeting enchanted forest animals that need help in return for magical items. But can Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face stop the badness of badgers before the story finishes and their parents get back?

This wonderfully zany story is perfectly paired with the scratchy stylings of David Tazzyman; ensuring fans of Mr Gum will be drawn to this story is a smart move. Sharp wit and genuinely funny storytelling keep everything moving along at a rattling speed. It’s a short read, perfect for primary schools and could enchant a few reluctant older readers too. Clever, surprising and satisfyingly silly.

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