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Bumface
by Morris Gleitzman (more about Morris Gleitzman) 245/154 first published 1998
Humour for ages 10 to 14 published by Puffin
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
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Mrs Mad's humble opinion
9/10 Very good. I am pleased with this.
What's it about?
A boy who is desperate to stop his mother having any more babies. What with his two younger siblings, school work and the school play he just doesn't have the time for any more nappy changes!
What happens?
Angus dreams of being a brave pirate, called Bumface, but in reality he is a twelve year old school boy who also looks after his younger brother and sister. His life is one long round of childcare and school work. His mother is a busy actress and his father and two step fathers are models and actors. Angus knows he cannot cope anymore, he has no support from any of the parents in his life and is afraid to tell anyone else because of the consequences. Suddenly there is anew man in his mother's life and she starts talking about babies. Angus has got to make sure she doesn't get pregnant again! In his desperate search through family planning clinics and birth control fairs Angus meets a girl called Rindi who seems to be on a similar mission. Angus realises that he is not the only kid with this kind of problem.
Is it easy to read?
Easily read, I think it is only the subject matter here which may preclude some readers. Do check this through with an adult, or if you are a teacher read yourself first. Any older reader with some knowledge of sex education should find this a good laugh.
Anything else?
A very funny and touching look at life, for a twelve year old who seems to be the adult in his family. The problems here are real, but Gleitzman studies them with just the right amount of fun to enable young people to broach these problems without finding the book heavy going. The characters, particularly Angus, Leo and Imogen are so carefully observed they are like three old friends who are constantly finishing each other's sentences.
Other books by Morris Gleitzman include Toad Rage, Two Weeks with the Queen.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
The story of a kid who's having to lead a far more adult life than he really wants to. After all, he's only 11 years old and he has to look after his brothers and sisters. And his mum's going to have another baby to add to the chaos. He's had enough - he has to stop mum from having this baby.
And what do you think?
Louise Fanning, Woodbridge High School
This is a fantastic text to cover with Year 7. My two classes are thoroughly enjoying this. It touches on some very important issues and creates much discussion. A must for any English teacher of this age !
Philip Pullman, The Guardian
"Angus Solomon," sighed Ms Lowry. "Is that a penis you've drawn?" When Angus admits that it's a submarine, Ms Lowry nods grimly. "I thought as much. Now stop wasting time and draw a penis like I asked you to." No book that begins like that is easy to resi
Susan Harrison, Amazon.co.uk
Angus worships his two younger siblings and helps his much-married, actress mother to take care of them. But he is tired of his "Mr Dependable" tag and starts to resent his mum's perpetual flirtations with unsuitable men that leave him, quite literally, h
aimee page, eltham college
this book it suitinle for ages 9-12 because some of it younger klids will not be able to understand th text. this book it about a girl and a boy that are best fiends but the girl has to marry a guy that she hasn"t even meet yet. and some hoe the boy ans More...
Timothy Stewart, Hillel Academy,Jamaica
This book is funny and awesome.
emily, mannering park
all i can say is i loved the book
maddison golitschenko, wentworth
i liked this book verry much it is a good book it depends on what kind of books other peopie like but most people should like it.
rio, magnus
i think this book is very rude but it is also good, i would aim it at 11 year olds
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