Meanwhile Adventures by Roddy Doyle
by Scholastic Ltd., 2004
you’ve read Roddy Doyle’s other two books The Giggler
Treatment and Rover Saves Christmas you will know
what to expect from this, his third book for children. All your
favourite characters are back, Mr. Mack who has become an inventor
and his crazy wife Billie Jean Fleetwood-Mack, their sons Robbie
and Jimmy Mack, Kayla and her friend Victoria, not forgetting Rover
When Mister Mack gets arrested for supposedly robbing the bank,
it is up to Rover the dog and the Mack children to rescue him. As
if this isn’t challenging enough, they are also on a mission
to find their Guinness-record-breaking mother who is running around
characteristic fun and originality of Roddy Doyle’s writing
shine through but children and even adults will be compelled to
stop and work out what’s going on from chapter to chapter
that incidentally almost all begin with the word Meanwhile.
are interrupted by what the author calls Useful Information
which is in fact absolutely useless, or with advertisements in newspapers
such as The Evening Insult or The Daily Outrage that have no bearing
whatsoever on the story.
Nevertheless, readers both young and old will be
treated to plenty of laugh out loud lines and great ideas. The key
to enjoying this book is, above anything else, expect the unexpected!
A little adult explanation might also be needed for young readers
who will have no problem tackling the text but who may think the
book is the craziest they’ve ever read which is probably just
what the author wants them to think!
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