Title: The Treasure Under the Jam Factory (An Alien in the Jam Factory #2)
Author: Chrissie Sains
Illustrator: Jenny Taylor
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Younger children’s fiction, Humour
Book format: Paperback
Description: Jam. Pirate treasure. A devilish dancing ferret. And more jam!
Scooter’s brain is PACKED with ideas. He and his alien friend Fizzbee couldn’t be more excited to reveal them all tonight, at the GRAND REOPENING of McLay’s jam factory.
ONLY PROBLEM: his arch-enemy Daffy Dodgy is demanding cash, or else she’ll claim the factory. Luckily there is gold under Scooter’s very nose! But he isn’t the only one who has sniffed it out…
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: This is a great and funny story. Scooter and his parents have moved their Jam Factory into the old Dodgy Doughnuts premises and are looking forward to the grand opening where everyone in the village will be invited to see inside the factory for the first time. But not everybody wants the jam factory to re-open and they will do anything to stop it.
This is a brilliant and funny story which I enjoyed reading. This is the second book in the ‘An Alien in the Jam Factory’ series, but you don’t have to have read the first book in order to enjoy this one as all of the characters are introduced well in this story and I found myself enjoying it from the start, even though I haven’t yet read the first book. Scooter’s parents own the jam factory but Scooter is the brains behind so many new jam recipes and inventions. I love how many different jam inventions there are and how they end up appearing in the story.
While Scooter plans to show everyone the factory, there is someone who wants to make sure the factory never opens. I loved the villain of Percy Pincher and his ferret Colonel Pom Pom (that name!), and how silly things became when he’s trying to find something and stop the factory opening. The story is good and I love how we seem to find out more about some characters than was probably known in the first book and it’s made me eager to read the first book in the series now, to see more about what happened to Scooter and Fizzbee before the events in this story, and how they met.
The book is filled with illustrations throughout, and there’s even a detailed map of the factory on the inside front cover. All of the illustrations are in black, grey and white and I love how all the characters look, especially the animals and Fizzbee! The illustrations are dotted around the text throughout the story and I love how the pictures add to the story, especially when showing off all the different jams and inventions.
The story ends well and it’s such a fun read that I instantly want to read the first book in the series now to see more of Fizzbee and Scooter’s adventures. I love this story, not only for how fun and different it is, especially with so many interesting gadgets and jam, and the fun characters, but I also enjoyed this as the main character is one with cerebral palsy, something which I haven’t found in other books yet, and yet, despite his disability, the story shows just how capable and smart he is and it’s great to read such a lovely and positive story about a child who may have some disability issues. The book has a recipe at the back as well as some more information about cerebral palsy too so children can understand it, and it’s certainly good to have a book that explains this as I had a classmate with this when I was young and I didn’t know much about it at the time.
Overall this is such a brilliant story and I can’t wait to read more of Fizzbee and Scooter’s adventures! The tale is so inventive, interesting and funny, and I’m sure lots of children will enjoy this, especially if they’ve read the first book in the series, although like I said it’s not necessary and this is a great standalone story. 🙂
What do you think of this book? Have you or your children read the first book in the series? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂