**I received a copy of Frankie Fish and the Sonic Suitcase in order to complete this review. All opinions are my own. The following post also contains affiliate links**
What do you do when your cranky-pants grandad builds a time machine and accidentally deletes the whole family? If you’re Frankie Fish, you race against the clock to save them!
Frankie Fish and the Sonic Suitcase is the first installment in a new adventure series for kids by Australian comedian Peter Helliar. There isn’t much Helliar hasn’t done in his long spanning entertainment career, and writing appeared to be the natural next step.
Mr 7 is a huge fan of science fiction and the paranormal. With Dr Who as one of his favourite television shows, a book about time travelling is right up his alley. I made the mistake of telling him about this great series before we’d actually received the book. Anyone with a child will know what that means…weeks of ‘is the book here yet?’ followed.
Finally, the book arrived and even Harry Potter wasn’t enough to keep him from requesting this one for our night time read. The shorter chapters also meant that we could read more at once, something that Mr 7 was definitely happy about! The pictures also helped set the scene for this hilarious adventure. The artwork for the first book was by artist Lesley Vamos.
The story starts at the beginning of the school holidays. A time that all kids look forward to. Frankie though is especially excited because, for the first time he is going on holidays. It’s also the first time he has a best friend to spend them with…until an epic prank turns all of that on it’s head and Frankie is forced to spend the holidays in Old People Jail aka Nanna and Grandad’s house.
What follows is the side-splitting adventure as Frankie and his cranky-pants grandad attempt to undo the trouble a time machine has done to their family. Will they save them in time? Will Frankie have fun in Old People Jail? You’ll just have to read the book and find out!
Frankie Fish and the Sonic Suitcase goes on sale March 1st 2017. You can preorder your copy from Booktopia now!
If you could time travel, what time period would you travel to?
oooh, looks good!
Looks great- so glad to see more variety in kids books these days!
I saw this book in book club yesterday. I didn’t know Peter Helliar wrote books either but I’m sure it’s a great read.
I wouldn’t mind a sonic suitcase. It kind of has my name on it.
I love Peter Helliar, he’s hilarious! I think even my Miss 8 would go for this one.
If I could time travel I’d go back to 1950’s America – rock n’ roll dancing, all those beautiful big cars, (think Grease!)
This sounds exactly like something my eight year old will enjoy – we are reading Narnia at the moment and definitely hearing you on the short chapters. I think I’d like to travel back to the 1950s and 1960s – just to see if the “good old days” were actually good or we are continually sold a glossy lie (I have a feeling it’s the latter).
This sounds awesome! Punky has just started to get interested in having chapter books read to her, we are currently reading George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl and she’s loving it! Definitely going to pick up a copy of this to read next.
And time period I would travel to? I’m not sure, but probably a couple of hundred years ago, at least!