Compton Valance - The most powerful boy in the universe.
This is a great book if your reader:
Loves madcap humour - stinky, gross laugh until your belly hurts humour mixed with pondering the implications of time travel! That's why the age range of this book is pretty big.
Likes a bit of clever wordplay. The names of people and places (Samuel Nathaniel Daniel, anyone?!??) are genius, and the chapter titles make you chuckle before you have started reading the text. What child could resist 'A stink that stunk stinkier than the stinkiest stink had ever stunk?'
Wants a less formal look. The different types of font, layout, and amount of text on a page make it a perfect, easy on the eye chapter book.
Loves detailed black and white illustrations that explain what is happening and how the characters are feeling way beyond the written text and make you giggle.
Is in it for the ride. The plot jumps around at a pace, but it's the wonderful, unapologetically silliness that keeps the story together.
Enjoys The Wimpy Kid. However, they are in for a treat because Compton Valance is far funnier, far cleverer, and more absorbing. Many kids have happily plowed through the series at an alarming rate (you may need to dig out your library card!)
Is not always keen to read big chunky chapter books. This is a perfect read for kids to forget they are reading while building confidence and stamina.
When Compton Valance and his best friend Bryan Nylon discover the world's first TIME MACHINE (aka a mouldy, thirteen-week-old-cheese-and-pickled-egg sandwich), they become the most powerful boys in the universe. But how will Compton and Bryan decide to use their incredible new time-travelling powers? Will they use them for good? Will they use them for evil? Or will they just focus their efforts on perfecting a formula for the world's first pair of custard trousers? Things are about to get totally scrambled for Compton Valance.