An interesting book title isn't it? That's what I first thought when I was emailed by Rachel Hamilton about her book. I read the synopsis and thought, yes this is something I'd love to read with my boys. Something a little bit quirky and fun. It also helps that Rachel is super lovely and I got to have her on my blog a few months back, about how you can mix book writing and babies. Right up my street, being the aspiring writer that I am. Yes aspiring to be a writer, than hopefully an author. One day. I can dream.
Anyway one to the book:-
Synopsis - Quirky twelve year old Noelle (Know-All) Hawkins may be one of the brightest girls in her class but even she can’t explain how her dad, wacky scientist Big Brain Brian, spontaneously combusted while sitting in a portaloo. It’s true that he was working on a new top secret Brain Ray machine and was on the point of a great break-through when he vanished – could this have had something to do with his disappearance? Know-All is sure all is not as it seems and with the help of her sister Holly she is determined to find out what really happened to her dad!
Review - My seven year old and I loved it, laughing aloud at so many parts of this book. I think it's a great book to read with and to your children, also perfect to be read on their own by older readers. I loved the unusual layout of the book, cover and quirkiness.
The main character in the book is Noelle or Know-All, she's a great character who is smart, funny and very inquisitive. She is like an encyclopedia, with a photographic memory, it's very cool. Her dad is a scientist and she puts her knowledge to the test in trying to discover what has become of her dad after all that is left of him is a pair of smoking shoes when a toilet explodes. You will never guess where this book is going and will be taken along in the rollercoaster ride with Noelle in trying to uncover the mystery.
Being quite a fast paced book, which has a lot going on in it, I was worried that Lucas would get a bit lost, but once we started we couldn't put it down. There is a lot going on in this book, but there are clues along the way and it all works really well together. We really liked reading about Noelle and her chats with her teachers and disagreements with her sister. While giggling. The book comes to a great conclusion and I love the little illustrations throughout the book. The scientific parts and the general geekiness is cute and clever without being boring. I think this book is very well done and a joy for boys and girls to read.
Overall - An excellent debut from a wonderfully talented author. This book is a fun, clever, easy read, that will have you giggling along the way. I can't wait to read the next one.
Disclaimer:- I received a copy of this book to review, but I also bought a copy of it.