The Fabulous Phartlehorn Affair

The Fabulous Phartlehorn Affair
M L Peel (Illustrated byHannah Snow
Reviewed by Andy Murray
Walker Books Ltd
Thu, 02/02/2012
9781406331806
£5.99

Currently there are several pretenders to the empty throne of Roald Dahl.

Writers such as Andy Stanton and David Walliams have brought us larger-than-life tales brimming with strangeness, imagination, warmth and humour. In this, her first book, M L Peel proves she may have the right qualities to stand amongst them. What begins as a one joke premise – young hero Bruno can do quite tremendous bottom-burps – evolves into an unexpectedly epic, rip-snorting adventure in which poor Bruno finds himself embroiled in an ancient Alpine mystery.

This is deftly written, an engaging, evocative read complete with a flotilla of vivid characters and daft ideas - and not remotely as crude as you might expect. It's a real blast. Peel has come up trumps.
 
 
 

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