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Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face and the Great Kerfuffle Christmas Kidnap is the latest in the Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face series by John Dougherty. I was sent a review copy by Amazon Vine in exchange for my honest opinion.


Regular readers will know that I love the Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face series. I bought the first one for my son some while ago, and now we get the latest book as soon as it’s out, and fight over it. Luckily he already had Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face and the Great Big Story Nickers for his birthday, so he read that and I read this and now we’ve swapped. So we were both pleased.

If you’re already a reader of the series then you will be delighted to know that all the same things that make the other books so funny and appealing are here. There are no surprises, but there’s a lot of fun and a lot to make you laugh.

Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face wake up on Christmas morning to find that things have gone rather wrong, due to the fact that Father Christmas has been tricked by the badgers in the jail into letting them out, whereupon they tie him up in his own sack and steal his sleigh and reindeers. It’s up to them, with the help of the king, the ninja librarian, the shopping trolley and Malcolm the cat to restore order, put the badgers back in jail and make sure everyone has their presents.

I love the badgers best and the king next. I particularly love that in this story he is unable to identify the reindeer due to his animal blindness. Despite thinking he is an expert at animal recognition. It’s all very silly and all the more fun for that.

These books still fill the hole that Mr. Gum has left in my life, not quite as well, but it’s pretty good stuff and any book that has a ninja librarian in is a winner for me. Also it’s a fantastic Christmas book that isn’t too schmaltzy and sentimental and would be a brilliant stocking stuffer.

The book has lots of excellent illustrations by David Tazzyman and the wide line spacing, easy to read font and manageable chapter lengths mean that this is perfect for those readers transitioning from picture books to ‘real’ books. It’s perfect for boys and girls and would be fabulous to share in class as it’s a nice short read, easily managed in a term.