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I have reviewed Cid and Mo’s first book:The Janksters and the Talking Slug on this site before.  You can read the review here.

We have also had Cid and Mo visit us at school to talk to our Key Stage Two children, which I blogged about here.

We are big fans of Cid and Mo in my house and on this blog. They are my seven year old son’s favourite authors.  We are also big fans of their books at school.

We were very excited when they kindly sent my son a copy of their new book The Janksters and The Ants in Pants.

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Oscar has now read this book three times.  He really wants to bring it into school to share it with his class, but he keeps worrying about other people losing it, and has elected to sleep with it in his bed for the last few weeks until he can bear to part with it.

Oscar read the book to me last week.

He loved it, as you might expect.

Cid and Mo specialise in books which are created to appeal to boy readers aged from about six to ten. They are created with reluctant readers in mind, and also cater for children with learning disabilities like dyslexia.

They use the same successful formula they used with The Janksters and the Talking Slug here.  The text is in small manageable chunks in a sans serif font, which makes it easier for children to read.  There is plenty of white space on the page around the text and between the words, so that children do not get daunted by the amount of type they are expected to read, and so that they can also easily distinguish between words, without worrying about running them together.

There are pictures alongside the text, but because the books are for slightly older readers, the pictures and the way they’re laid out and presented, are more in line with older children’s expectations, and are not too babyish.

Rather than chapters, the book is broken down into manageable ‘chunks’.  The book is packaged and presented somewhere between a picture book and a novel.

The story follows the adventures of the two prank loving school boys from the first book, Billy and Sam.

Billy and Sam are naughty, but loveable, and the pranks they play are always on people who deserve it, rather than on children who could be labelled victims.  The anarchy is always kept in check, but is still anarchic enough to appeal to children.

Although the books are clearly aimed at boy readers, I have found that they are equally enjoyed by girls too, and are great to read to younger children as a story, if they’re too young to read it themselves.

In this story, Billy and Sam go back to Uncle Tallis’s joke shop when they find out that some older boys in school are bullying people. They trust that, as in their last adventure, Uncle Tallis will be able to provide them with the perfect prank to play.

The book is funny, and sharp and clever and I loved having Oscar read it to me.  We will be getting some copies of this adventure for our new school library when funds permit, and I am looking forward to sharing it with the children at school.

You can explore more about Cid and Mo by accessing their website, here.

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