Title: Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Pajimminy-Crimminy Adventure (Uncle Shawn and Bill #2)
Author: A. L. Kennedy
Illustrator: Gemma Correll
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s fiction, Humour
Book format: Hardback
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Description: Uncle Shawn needs rescuing. The evil Dr P’Klawz wants to squish all the Unusualness out of the world. And he’s noticed that Uncle shawn is quite Unusual, Pajimminy-Crimminy Unusual, in fact.
Thank goodness Badger Bill won’t let anything bad happen to his best friend! He’s never rescued anyone before, but he’s not alone. he has four arguing llamas, a pirate boy, an invisible girl and lots of spiders to help him. what could possibly go wrong?

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review:  I really enjoyed this book so much, it’s such silly and daft fun! ‘Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Pajimminy-Crimminy Unusual Adventure’ is Bill and Uncle Shawn’s second adventure together. Some very unusual things are happening at the farm, and someone has appeared in the local village, a person who can cure unusualness, but is he all he appears to be?

Uncle Shawn and Bill book two book page image one
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This story is just as silly as the first Uncle Shawn and Bill book and possibly my favourite so far. This book picks up from where the first one ended in the way that everyone is now living on Uncle Shawn’s farm, however you don’t need to have read the first book to enjoy this one as the story is a complete standalone. The story has lots of easy to read chapters which are called sections instead of chapters. Each chapter, as in the last book, has a funny description of what’s to come before you read the story itself.

The story is a fun and interesting one and similar to the first. There’s a new doctor in the village noting down everyone and everything that’s unusual. Of course talking llamas and a talking badger are very unusual, but there’s somebody even more unusual, Uncle Shawn, and the doctor wants to get rid of all of his unusualness. Although it sounds daft and silly the story does make sense. It’s a bit of a crazy silly type of humour but I really do love it. I like the twist on the first story where Bill and the llamas who are the ones who needed rescuing before are now the ones doing the rescuing! And just like in the first book the adventure to rescue their friend is filled with a very silly plan and a fun but very satisfying outcome.

The illustrations are what I love about this book. They are so funny that the story is so much more humorous with them. All the images look a little childlike but it’s somehow more appealing and I can’t help but love the way Badger Bill looks or the way the llamas look, especially Brian when he’s hiding after being afraid. The illustrations are all black and white and grey and there’s an image on each double page, many of the pictures being diagrams with funny descriptions of characters or things.

Uncle Shawn and Bill book two book page image two
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The whole story is madcap and just so silly it’s hilarious. You have to be into the very silly, nonsense kind of humour to enjoy this book, but if you are then this will appeal at any age. The ending is a heartwarming one and very satisfying and also funny. I liked the bigger message in the story too of friendship and the positive way that being unique or unusual is ultimately a good thing. It’s a great book and one I’d recommend. I’d also recommend the first book for those that haven’t read it as you learn how Uncle Shawn and Bill’s friendship began. I can’t wait for another adventure from Uncle Shawn and Bill, I hope there will be one!

-Review first appeared online May 2018 – now republished here.

Read review of book 1 – Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Almost Entirely Unplanned Adventure by clicking here.

Do you like this book?  What do you think about books with silly humour in general?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂