Friday, 5 April 2019

Double review: Brian Brackbrick books 1 and 2 by G. R. Dix






Brian Brackbrick and the Hazard of Harry Hatman by G.R. Dix


About the book...

Brian Brackbrick is ten years old, and the one-hundred and thirty-eighth cleverest person in the whole world. Oh, and he might be a little bit obsessed with hats. But - is Brian Brackbrick clever enough to work out why Old Mr. Hatston has suddenly gone missing, and Harry Hatman has appeared in his place overnight? What does Harry Hatman want with Brian Brackbrick? Where is Old Mr. Hatston? Who is the mysterious Mr. Sparker? Does Charlie Chipchase really wear his grandad's old pants? Join Brian Brackbrick and his best friend George Bum, as they search for the answers amongst the quirky characters and strange goings-on in their town! This is the first book in an exciting new series for children from author GR Dix, who invites you to jump into the world of Brian Brackbrick and stay for fun, silliness, hats, cakes, books and mysteries!


My thoughts...


Brian Brackbrick is a wiz kid and all-round smart fellow.....did you know he's the one-hundred and thirty-eighth cleverest person in the world? No wonder he's the chap called upon to continually save the day. Armed with his best pal, George Bum, his smarts and the contents of the local library he's ready and able to take on any challenge and boy does he do that.

The Hazard of Harry Hitman sees Brian Brackbrick (one must always use his full name)....and George Bum (of course) take on the case of the mind-controlling bowler hat in this wacky and wonderful tale of mayhem and mystery. I loved everything about this book from the quirky cast down to the sing-song sentences filled to the brim with alliteration. Everything was mixed to perfection to create a joyful story that left me grinning from ear to ear. I'm only sorry to read that a cupcake was lost in battle in the fevour of determination to save the day and that I never got to find out what really happened with the 'Yogurt Inferno'.

This is a quality book filled with quirky and amusing antics that are guaranteed to make you chuckle. Brian Brackbrick and of course George Bum are the perfect duo to tackle any disaster head-on and succeed. I love the final thoughts from Brian Brackbrick regarding the unfinished ending, where every last thread of thinking has yet to be cleared up in order to leave an element of intrigue until next time....






Brian Brackbrick and the Mystery of Mrs Blumenhole by G.R. Dix



About the book...


The adventures of Brian Brackbrick and George Bum continue! Brian Brackbrick is ten years old, and the one-hundred and thirty-eighth cleverest person in the whole world. With the help of his best friend, George Bum, Brian Brackbrick has saved the town from the hat-based schemes of Harry Hatman. But Old Mr. Hatston is still missing, and the hat shop remains closed and boarded up. Meanwhile, Mrs. Blumenhole has restocked her flower shop with some very unusual plants, and does not seem like her usual self... What does Mrs. Blumenhole know about Old Mr. Hatston's disappearance? Is she working for the mysterious Mr. Sparker? What are all the new plants for? What is going on in the pet shop? Join Brian Brackbrick and his best friend George Bum, as they search for the answers amongst the quirky characters and strange goings-on in their town! This is the second book in an exciting new series for children from author GR Dix, who invites you to jump into the world of Brian Brackbrick and stay for fun, silliness, hats, cakes, books and mysteries!



My thoughts...


I promised a double review and a double review is what you will receive.....so I got the honour and privilege to read not one, but two, Brian Brackbrick books and what a happy little book blogger I am for this fact. So without further ado I can say that The Mystery of Mrs Blumenhole was a rip roaring success.....once again bursting at the seams with action and entertainment.

Brian Brackbrick and George Bum are at it again..... saving the day must be extremely exhausting but this pair are relentless. But do they solve the mystery of what happened to Mr Hatson? That is the question.....well I'm not going to tell you, you will have to find out for yourself by giving this fantastic book a read. My favourite element was the creative plants found in Mrs Blumenhole's shop which gave the impression they could have originated from a Rowling Herbology class or the exquisite mind of Dahl - I expected them to come alive and cause chaos at any time.


This was another fun and fabulous book that delivered on every level and I can't wait to see what happens next in book three. But the question on everyone's lips is.....what really happened with the 'Yogurt Inferno'? Will we ever find out I wonder.........???









I must also give a massive shout out to the illustrative talents of Taylor Brooker who created charming sketches that weaved their way beautifully through the story to add visual delights at every turn of the page.


Read and reviewed with kind permission by the author.


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About the author...


GR Dix is a scientist in his day job, and a writer of children's books at all other times. He is a late starter as an author, but has been a fan of books, comics and reading his whole life.

The major influences on his writing are (in no particular order) Roald Dahl, Simon Furman, Stephen King and Terry Pratchett.

As active member of Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) he attends conferences and critique meetings as much as possible.

GR Dix lives in the UK, and credits his success to the unfailing support of his wife, family and network of friends.

You can contact GR Dix through his Facebook page (GR Dix Author), where you can find the latest news and updates.

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