Laughter has to be the current go-to for children’s books. And this debut novel by a primary school teacher is very funny (if not for the stuffy), despite involving the death of a much-loved grandmother, herself a comical character.
It is about a fact-loving boy, Freddie, who travels from Andover to Wales with his two best friends, Ben and Charlie, in search of his birth father.
Author Jenny Pearson is a primary school teacher in the north-east of England, and if her caper of a debut, The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates (illustrated by Rob Biddulph, Usborne), plays a little fast and loose with a deus ex machina, the clue is in the title: “super miraculous”.
Fact fan Freddie and his two buddies, Charlie and Ben, all have reasons to sneak off on an unscheduled trip to Wales: to evade a health regime, or a preening stepmum, or to track down Freddie’s biological dad. Dodging villains and riding rusty girl’s bicycles, this sleuthing-trip-cum-crime-solving spree has all the fizz of Jeremy Strong – and an intervention from the afterlife.