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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Review: Hugless Douglas by David Melling

Happy Birthday, Hugless Douglas! is the latest is the series of Hugless Douglas. I haven't read any of the previous books in the series, so I don't actually know why he's called Hugless.

This book is about how Hugless Douglas's twin cousins ruin everything when they come over. They open all his presents without asking and in the midst of it, Douglas bounces off on his new pogo stick to lament his worst birthday ever.

What's great about this book, is the kids and I can relate to the story. My (school) kids all have had a little brother/sister or friend ruin something, either their drawing, toys or something else. There was a lot of humour and silliness which all kids love (me too).

The pictures are also super cute as well. I've found that a lot of picture books and cartoons/comics for kids in general have really moved towards the cuteness factor. Even 9/10 year old boys love it.

However, the overused cliche ending, 'worst birthday ever' to 'the best birthday ever', is droll. The kids even groaned at that ending. Sure, write it as a happy ending, but using those exact word... children these days are more sophisticated than that.

Overall a good book and I wouldn't mind checking out the other in the Hugless Douglas series.

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