Title: Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Almost Entirely Unplanned Adventure (Uncle Shawn and Bill #1)
Author: A. L. Kennedy
Illustrator: Gemma Correll
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s fiction, Humour
Book format: Hardback
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Description: Badger Bill needs rescuing. He’s been kidnapped by two nasty sisters who are about to make him fight a boxing match against three even nastier dogs.
The four most depressed llamas in the history of llamas need rescuing too. They are about to be turned into llama pies.
But never fear – Uncle Shawn is here! He loves rescuing things. He has a rescuing plan, which involves dancing, and a mole, and an electric fence. What could possibly go wrong?

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review:  This is a very silly and funny story which kids and I’m sure many adults will like. The story starts with Badger Bill, introducing his character and what’s happened to him. The whole way the book is formatted is very fun and it’s easy to get into the story and the humour right away.

Uncle Shawn and Bill book page image one
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Each chapter is called a Section and there’s a kind of summary at the start of each Section which explains what’s going to happen in the chapter. It’s done in a lighthearted way which can make you laugh with the way some events are described. As the story progresses we are introduced to Badger Bill, who’s having a very bad day as he’s been kidnapped. We’re also introduced to some very sad llamas who’ve been tricked into coming to Scotland and are now going to be made into pies, Uncle Shawn who’s the very silly and odd looking hero of the book, and the very nasty McGloone family who are the baddies of the book and who are the ones who’ve kidnapped and tricked the animals.

It’s a simple and yet really silly story which just makes you smile and laugh. The humour can only be described as extremely daft but something I know appeals to a lot of kids. There are pictures that accompany every double page of the book and I think the pictures are what really make the story even better. They are well drawn and simple yet full of humour like the writing itself. Most of the illustrations shown have a word or two description which somehow makes then even funnier.

Uncle Shawn and Bill book page image two
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I don’t really want to give away the story but it has a predictably good ending. Even as an adult I’ve laughed at some of the jokes in the book and I think it will really appeal to the kids it’s marketed at. It’s definitely a book I’d recommend and something that cheered me up when I read it.

-Review first published April 2017 – now republished here.

Read review of book 2 – Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Pajimminy-Crimminy Unusual Adventure by clicking here


What do you think of this book?  Have you enjoyed any funny/silly books?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂