Chocolate Milk, X-Ray Specs and Me – Bethany Walker


Freddy Spicer’s parents are in Outer Castenga (where they farm sprouts) while he is left with Grandad. He is made to eat sprouts EVERY day, but otherwise Freddy quite likes living with him. He is, after all, a brilliant hide and seeker! Although he misses his parents, he writes to them all the time, telling them all about what’s going on and the happenings on his school and the local neighbourhood.

But, when a strange lady has moved in next door things start becoming weird. There are some incredible laser guns and x-ray specs which make hide and seek even easier. Then, on top of all of this, Freddy is unsuspectingly under observation from Dr Alpha Bett, a criminal mastermind, too!

We watch Freddy as he overcomes obstacles, all while taking his chocolate milk, shaken, not stirred!

Told through letters and memos, this is an exciting adventure that is full of action. I love the way that Freddy tells his story; you feel as though you get to know him really well and it’s interesting seeing the world through his eyes. Interspersed throughout the letters are memos and notes from not only Dr Alpha Bett, but also Comms from Sir Mustard too which really add to the interest of the story.

There is humour throughout the book, which will have children laughing out loud. Children will be able to relate to the character (who doesn’t want to go to Blast Yourself Bonkers?) and understand some of the less adventurous situations he finds himself in! There are some important messages hidden in the humour about compassion, friendship, family and empathy for others.

I also really liked the illustrations from Jack Noel which are added throughout. They really added to the feel of the book, as well as enhancing the main characters personality! This book is a perfect step for readers of Diary of a Wimpy Kid to step into a new author within a similar genre.

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Emily x

📚 Book gifted by publisher

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