Book Review: The Barking Family Christmas by Edward Beedham
“The Lake District was peaceful – and then there was the Barking family …
Dad Barking is an inventor taking any opportunity to disappear into his shed to bash some new contraption together but in The Barking Family Christmas he will have to be at his inventive best. Evil is closing in on Christmas and only the Barking family stands in its way.
The children, Napoleon, Wellington and Josephine hold the family together in spite of their father’s dangerous genius and their mother’s odd sense of humour; together with their pet rhino, Roger, they help to defeat an army of intelligent squirrels and chase runaway Christmas trees before turning their attention to the dark evil that is about to ruin every child’s Christmas around the world.
Inventive and often hilarious, The Barking Family Christmas will confound your sense of what is real and plunge you into the world of Dad Barking – enter if you dare …”
The Barking Family Christmas is a book full of quirky and silly stories, often about the dad’s new inventions and things happening with them. There’s also a story running through the whole book about three escaped criminals but their story is not always part of the other Barking events.
Kids often like these kinds of silly stories, especially ones with a bit of magic or crazy science inventions that make strange things happen, but with 421 pages the book is a bit stretched out and, in my opinion, too long for the intended age group (8-12). For kids who really love this kind of humour and silliness it might be a good length and they can always dip in and out of the book.
Barking Family Christmas was published on the 30th of October this year by Austin Macauley Publishers and is available to buy from Amazon.co.uk.
We were sent this book for this review. As always, all my reviews are 100% honest and all thoughts and opinions are my own.