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Jan 21 2019

The extremely weird thing that happened in Huggabie Falls by Adam Cece

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Ill. by Andrew Weldon. Huggabie Falls trilogy, book one. Text Publishing, 2018. ISBN: 9781925603484.
(Age: 9+) Recommended. Themes: Humour. Winner of the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing, this tale about Kipp Kindle and his friends Tobias Treachery and Cymphany Chan will tickle the fancies of many mid to upper primary people. The trio lives in Huggabie Falls, the oddest town on Earth. It is simply normal, part of its DNA, that strange things happen everyday. But when something even more weird happens, Kipp and his friends know that something is wrong. They must find out what is making everything turn normal, and to return the weirdness to Huggabie Falls.
But Cymphany has been turned into a baby hippopotamus, and an outbreak of killer bats has been summoned up by the evil Felonious Dark, a scientist who wields a wand. With his vegetarian piranhas and a Portuguese-speaking lab rat called Ralf, Kipp, Tobias and Cymphany are undaunted. The first book in the Huggabie Falls trilogy, this book will delight mid to upper primary readers looking for something silly, zany and a lot of fun, something to read out loud to friends, to share the silliness behind the engrossing illustrations and simply sit down in a shady spot and laugh until the tears fall onto the pages.
Book 2: The Unbelievably Scary Thing that Happened in Huggabie Falls appeared in October 2018.
Fran Knight

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