Have you ever noticed a bruise on your leg and not been able to remember how you got it? Have you ever put something down, only to find out later on that it has completely disappeared? It’s really annoying isn’t it? In his debut book for children Danny Wallace has all the answers for why these mysterious events occur, but be careful because you might not like everything that you hear! 

Wallace’s main character Hamish Ellerby lives in a small town called Starkley which has been voted fourth most boring town in Britain because absolutely nothing interesting ever happens. Well, nothing interesting ever DID happen, until Hamish starts to notice something very strange … the world keeps stopping. Yes, that’s right, the world keeps stopping and it is because evil, monstrous, vile-smelling creatures are attempting to take over the planet!

Frank Cottrell Boyce sums up this book perfectly with his response: “HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!” – we promise you, Wallace has created something seriously funny here! The story is replete with wisecracks and knee-slaps; wit practically jumps out of the pages which are brimming with larger than life illustrations by the fantastic James Litter. The sheer pace and animation of Wallace’s plot make reading this book more like the kind of interactive experience derived from computer-gaming. As a result, the author might have provided just the ticket to encourage reading among the more reluctant by proving that literature can be just as stimulating as screen-time. 

Written by Danny Wallace, illustrated by James Litter.
Lydia Mihailovic, literary editor