It's always a pleasure to discover a book written by an author who really understands what children find funny and interesting, and this book certainly ticked both boxes in this house and was much enjoyed by one nine year old reader and her parents also.
The Odds is the story of a family of "meddlers", a secret people who are the ones that put those odd socks and tripping up over nothing moments into your day. Mr and Mrs Odd and their two children live in the town of Trott, famous for "its custard and tripwire". All is well in their world, Elsie and Edgar the children wreaking havoc in school, and their parents annoying the varied townsfolk, until one day the family appear to meet their nemesis, the Plopwell family, who seemingly can't be meddled and are potentially about to destroy the Odd's world. Will the Odds work out how to outprank them? To find out you will have to read the book.
We enjoyed this book very much at bedtime, both as one to read out loud and, when my child couldn't bear not to know what would happen next, for reading alone. The language level is spot on for the young reader, and the humour is of the sort that is laugh out loud funny, for both parent and child, with lots of glorious play on words and ridiculous situations that made my nine year old chuckle. There are black and white illustrations peppered throughout the pages, with just the right amount of frequency, these add to the story, my daughter loved the map of the town at the start which set the context well, and finding Mrs Odd with a knife and fork in her hair as per the narrative. She also enjoyed the scenes set in school where mayhem in assembly was the order of the day and she really related to the convincing child characters. The text is a good size also for young readers and each page is a delight as the story unfolds. My daughter loved this book - no mean feat as she is the type of child who doesn't often enjoy fiction much, but this book kept her engaged and interested until the very last page, and left her asking for more.
Having loved this book we will definitely be looking at the newly released second book in this series "The Odds Strike Back". This book is great for young readers (I would say accessible for a confident six year old and ideal for slightly older reluctant readers) and parents who enjoy reading to them alike. It's genuinely the best children's book we have read for a long time in this house of readers young and old. Highly recommended.
Book currently £3.74 on Amazon