Today I have decided to do a review on a children’s book. Now I haven’t read the entire book but feel I can review this through the eyes of my children.
Currently in our house we are trying to reduce the use of screens. We have recognised we are becoming a little too reliant on them but for my children in particular, especially the eldest, it is becoming the constant go to. So as a result we are increasing screen free time. To assist with this I have been buying more books for the boys and trying to find ones that are a little different or focus on topics the boys are interested in.
One that I bought for my 8 year old is called “A funny thing happened to Simon Sidebottom” by P.Crumble. I was purchasing some other books and this one was at the counter. It is the first in what I hope is going to be a series as it has been a big hit. This book is a choose your own adventure but unlike the ones that were around when I was younger this book has quirky images and is very funny with humour aimed exactly at my boys (think gross jokes about bodily functions and dangerous stunts). Even the font used in the book is fun and easy to read. My boys are seven and eight and I highly recommend it for children in this age range. In the four days since he has had the book I believe he has read every version of the story at least twice.
Tonight in our quest for less screen time the three of us were making pizzas for dinner together. As they were cooking the boys came up with a plan to read the book aloud and at each decision point we took it in turns to decide which way to go. No screens and reading as a family happily at my sons choice – this book is a big winner for me and if there is a second I will definitely be buying it.
4 thoughts on “Book Review: A funny thing happened to Simon Sidebottom”
Hi Danielle – thanks for the great review of my book! It makes me incredibly happy that your boys are loving exploring the different pathways. Enjoying reading and having a laugh is what the series is all about. Rest assured #2 in the series is well in production and should be released by the end of the year. A Funny Thing Happened to Simon Sidebottom: Too Cool for School will have even more Sidebottomy twists, turns and suitably gross humour.
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I showed this to the boys and they are very excited. I think we will be at the book shop as soon as it is released.
Thanks for the succinct review. Looking for something for my 7 year old daughter and thought this might be a good change from her usual princess and fairy books. I mshebhadnt read any choose your own adventure set so this should be fun.
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