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A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.


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Saturday, August 3, 2013

241. Hooey Higgins and the Shark by Steve Voake

Hooey Higgins and the Shark by Steve Voake. Illustrated by Emma Dodson
Hooey Higgins, #1

Rating: (5/5)

(US) - (Canada) - (UK)

2010; Apr. 24 2012, Candlewick Press, 103 pgs

Age: 7+

"Hooey Higgins is desperately in love - with the humongous chocolate egg in Mr. Danson's store window, that is. Too bad he and his best friend, Twig, have nowhere near enough money to buy it. But when a shark is spotted off the coast, Hooey and Twig dream up a plan: capture the shark and charge people to view it. Brilliant! With Hooey's older brother masterminding the foolproof scheme, they set off with ketchup, a cricket bat, a floral quilt, and a rope in tow. What they find is so amazing it blows the shark plan out of the water! Aided by Emma Dodson's comical illustrations, Steve Voake introduces a hilarious new character in a fast-paced story kids will sink their teeth into."

Received a review Copy from Candlewick Press.

What an unexpected surprise!  Absolutely hilarious!  A British farce that had me laughing out loud.  The dialogue, the plot, events and illustrations all combine to bring a larger than life adventure of three boys, with input from their parents and grandparents.  There are several other books in this series which are still only available in the UK but Candlewick will be publishing the next one in Spring 2014.  Here's hoping we get more of these this side of the ocean!

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