Norriss, Andrew and Illustrated by Shaw, Hannah I don’t believe it Archie 128 pgs. David Fickling Books, 2012. $12.99. (Rating: G)
This is the story of seven days in Archie’s life. There is always something that happens that snowballs into a potential disaster. Like Archie accidently having his hands glued to the door handles on the entrance to the local library –and then he gets the blame for starting a protest against the library closing down.
I know this was supposed to be a series of fast paced and silly adventures, but it was just a big old mess. Sort of had the feel of a failed Roald Dahl inspired chaos. I groaned in horror as an elderly lady tried to get naked in front of Archie, explaining how she wanted to be nude for when the news came, because newspapers love taking pictures of naked women. This wasn’t funny and won’t be in my school library. If I am having nightmares about it, so will the students.
ELEMENTARY – NOT RECOMMENDED Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate & Author.