Help! I Am a Prisoner in a Toothpaste Factory ¦ The Boy with Illuminated Measles
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Help! I Am a Prisoner in a Toothpaste Factory
The Boy with Illuminated Measles
'You were born for adventure, Ronnie. Therefore adventure must come your way.' And indeed it does in both these books. A message in his toothpaste sends him in search of Glum's toothpaste factory (part of an extra-terrestrial plot by Glum's Products to enslave all humans, including Ronnie's Mum and Dad, by addicting them). He finds himself on a houseboat full of chickens with Uncle Roger (escaping from toothpaste addiction and a belief that he's a chicken) on the way to Australia.
'Uncle Roger beamed. "My wife ran away to Australia. Or was it Wapping? She met a Madagascar seaman who turned her head with his curries."
"Do you want her back?"
"I didn't like her back. I didn't like her front very much either.'"
If that sort of goon-type humour is what appeals, these are your books.
Illuminated Measles includes Mum in orbit in a lift, the musicians from the Titanic preserved on an iceberg, Jonah in the whale, Russian spies and Hollywood.
Not recommended for the literal-minded or those who need a strong story-line.