If you could swap your parents would you? If they gave you a name you hated would you swap that too?
The Parenting Agency by David Baddiel explores a world where children are allowed to choose their own parents. I ask Tween (age 11) to review this book for me, at first he was a little perterbed at the thought of choosing his own parents. He’s just had a birthday and as far as he’s concerned he’s quite happy with Daz and I as his mum and dad. We read the blurb on the back together and he decided it sounded quite fun after all.
He found the book really funny, turning over the page as he read a really amusing bit at school so he could recite it to me at home. We struggle to find books which Tween will read and engage with so to see him willingly sit down and get stuck in is a welcome sight. I’m compiling a list of our top books to get boys reading to which this one will be added. I asked Tween to explain to me why he liked the book and here’s what he said;
“I’d recommend children from age 9, I like it how it skips from one problem to another at the beginning. It makes you realise why he doesn’t like his parents. It’s not in a sad way though but you can see his point, especially because he thinks his parents prefer his sisters. It really sounds like a boy my age speaking and there’s lots of words I use and my friends use, I think that’s why I found it so easy to read.”
For a little more information watch the YouTube below from the author and famous comedian, David Baddiel.
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