Sunday, 21 January 2018

Book Review: I Swapped My Brother by Jo Simmons



The Blurb:

'I can get a new brother? On the internet?' Jonny muttered. 'Oh sweet mangoes of heaven!'
Everyone has dreamed of being able to get rid of their brother or sister at one time or another - but for Jonny, the dream is about to become a reality with SiblingSwap.com! What could be better than someone awesome to replace Ted, Jonny's obnoxious older brother.
But finding the perfect brother isn't easy, as Jonny discovers when Sibling Swap sends him a line of increasingly bizarre replacements: first a merboy, then a brother raised by meerkats, and then the ghost of Henry the Eighth! What's coming next?! Suddenly old Ted isn't looking so bad. But can Jonny ever get him back?

What we thought:

We loved this book! Both Midge and I had a real giggle reading I Swapped My Brother and we even shared a few chapters with A before bed. We all thought it was funny that Jonny swaps his brother Ted and gets all these ridiculous sibling replacements. The illustrations are perfectly suited to this book, are a lot of fun and we loved the style of writing. 
 Midge decided it would be fun if we could all think about who we would swap our siblings for! 
As a youngster I often wanted to swap my siblings. I'm not sure what or who for exactly, probably a bar chocolate to be fair, but A had no trouble in revealing his choice...A Pokemon. Like we didn't see that one coming! Midge decided she would simply just want a girl so she had a sister to play with.

Midge really found this book a light and good read. She is moving soon and will gain 2 brothers and has just learnt she will be having a baby brother in a few months so I think she may come back to this book when she gets fed up of her 3 bothers up in Kent and a newborn very tired one in Cornwall!

A must read book that will make you laugh out loud.

We give this book 5/5! 

About the author:

Jo Simmons began her working life as a journalist. Her first fiction series for children, Pip Street, was inspired by her own kids' love of funny fiction, and two Super Loud Sambooks followed. In addition to children's fiction, she co-wrote a humorous parenting book, Can I Give Them Back Now?: The Aargh To Zzzzzz Of Parenting, published by Square Peg. Jo lives in Brighton with her husband, two boys and a scruffy formerly Romanian street dog. I Swapped My Brother on the Internet is her first book for Bloomsbury.



About the illustrator

Nathan Reed has been a professional illustrator since graduating from Falmouth College of Arts in 2000. He has illustrated Christopher Edge's How to Write Your Best Story Ever and the Elen Caldecott's Marsh Road Mysteries Series. His most recent picture book is Samson the Mighty Flea by Angela McAllister. He was shortlisted for the Serco Prize for Illustration in 2014. When he's not illustrating he can be found with his two boys and a football on Peckham Rye Common.

Book Info:

Title: I Swapped My Brother on the Internet
Author: Jo Simmons
Illustrator: Nathan Reed
Release Date: 11th January 2018
Genre: MG Humour
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Paperback

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