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Book of the week
Jon Scieszka’s new science fiction comedy series is charming, funny and unashamedly geeky. The story taps in terrifically to children’s natural curiosity and inquisition; a nuclear explosion of action, adventure and antimatter particles!
(Faber & Faber)
As the title suggests, this is a sequel – of sorts – to E. Nesbit’s Five Children and It (1902) and to the final novel in her trilogy, The Story of the Amulet (1906).
John Agard’s brilliant little book begins, ‘My name is book and this is the story of my life…’; and for the next 140 odd pages, Agard, in this eloquent disguise, holds us spellbound as he takes us from stories round the campfire and cave paintings to the e-book.
‘It can be a string of shells, or a bundle of special cloth. Nowadays it’s likely to be a row of ones and noughts in a computer somewhere’.This most engrossing and original book asks the question : why, when human beings managed without it for a very long time, was there a need to invent money?