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Oct 26 2016

Artie and the grime wave written and illustrated by Richard Roxburgh

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Allen and Unwin, 2016. ISBN 9781760292140
(Age: 9+) Highly recommended. Ok, so Richard Roxburgh is a talented actor and director in both theatre and screen and of course the star of 'Rake'. Now he's added writing and illustrating to his portfolio in a very successful way. I mean to say, he's good looking as well? Talk about take out a jackpot! Anyway, I digress, so on with the review.
For your kids who love the rambunctious humour of the likes of Andy Griffith, Tristan Bancks, or Aaron Blabey and get the hysterical giggles over a few fart mentions this is perfect.
Artie and his friend Bumshoe are not the most popular kids in town. One is skinny, has lost his dad which has sent his mum into a deep depression, and the other is a chubby one-of-many in a pretty 'relaxed' family.
When these two discover a Cave-of-Possibly-Stolen-Stuff they realise that the dodgy Mayor Grime is somehow involved with this gang of thugs. There have been so many thefts around town that everyone is on high alert yet no one wants to believe the two boys. Artie in particular is determined to rescue his lovely neighbour Gladys' pet tortoise which has apparently been pet-napped with many other creatures. But the two boys lack a serious amount of luck when it comes to finding a solution to the problem and end up in all sorts of trouble - including being almost eaten! An eccentric old lady who dabbles in high-tech inventions although continually coated in talc, a mum who rouses herself into tigress mode at exactly the right time and the stalwart support of good friends and neighbours saves the day.
Artie is no hulking hero but he stands up for what he believes and stands up to the bullies - and that's an important message for any reader.
Any kid will love the part when one of the thugs has his bum bitten by the gang's savage guard dog while enduring the world's worst wedgie and will certainly love Aunty-boy's invention the Fartex 120Y.
Highly recommended for readers who like to laugh out loud - from around 9 years old upwards.
Sue Warren

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