New book published by Dadhacks author is co-incidentally the greatest Dadhack yet discovered
BOOM! Dadhacks is back, and whaddya know, it’s a book recommendation! What’s the name of the author again? Why haven’t you heard of him before? Has this guy been playing you like a piano?
Not intentionally, I promise you. But it’s true that I took my eye off Dadhacks to nurture this little idea about a book… and here it is. Cheeky Charlie. Because I’m sick of waiting for someone else to ask, here are the answers to the questions that matter.
What’s it all about?
Cheeky Charlie is a collection of short stories about a badly-behaved little brother. And if you’re thinking that sounds familiar, it’s because I read the fabulous ‘My Naughty Little Sister’ books to my eldest. And while I loved ’em – as did she – I wondered if the references to cakes in the pantry, rosy-cheeked coppers and gypsies might be due a refresh. And while we’re at it, we could take the chance to crank the naughtiness up to Hurricane Force 12.
Who will enjoy Cheeky Charlie?
Anyone named Charlie. Or Charles. Or Charlie-boy. Or any boy, or any girl. And their parents. It’s probably a bit old for pre-schoolers, though my middle one (nearly 4) sat and laughed obligingly whenever I elbowed her in the ribs. But for kids aged 5 upwards, it’s perfect bedtime reading. And good for solo reading from about 8.
I’m not sure about this. Will it encourage bad behaviour?
You don’t need my help for that: you should hear what they’re saying to each other at playtime.
Yes, but is it funny?
One test reader fell off the sofa laughing. You can’t buy that kind of endorsement.
I’m still not convinced. Convince me.
Blimey, you’re hard to please, aren’t you. I bet you weren’t this demanding before you bought Horrid Henry. You can get a free Charlie story over at my author homepage; it’s not in the book, so consider that a bonus. And then head over where they’ll knock out a beautiful paperback version of the new book for you. They may send it in a big cardboard box, too, so you’ll have something for the baby to play with.
If you’d like to know more about Cheeky Charlie, and stay in touch as this breaking story develops, head over to matwaugh.co.uk.