Trouble in Toadpool by Anne Fine

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I do have one quibble – I thought the whole putting-on-a-show-at-the-fête set-up just the teensiest bit contrived, and was a little too much of an Aunt Sally in comparison to the series' other targets.
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A hilarious tale of family fun from multi award-winning author Anne Fine. Bliss! A lovely, quiet, nothing-to-do and nothing-on-the-calendar Sunday. Well, that's until bossy Aunt Susan -- an unstoppable force -- is on the phone insisting that Harry and his family come down to help her a local event she's promised to organise: the Great Toadpool Show. It means swinging from a trapeze. Or walking on stilts. Or riding a unicycle... And that's not counting the fortune-telling tent, the tombola, or the choir singalong. Aunt Susan has no idea of the mayhem she's about to unleash.
 

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Anne Fine has been an acknowledged top author in the children's book world since her first book was published in the mid 1970s, and has now written more than forty books and won virtually every major award going, including the Carnegie Medal (more than once), the Whitbread Children's Award, the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, the Smarties Prize and others. Anne was appointed the Children's Laureate from 2001-2003. She lives in the North-East.
 
Published January 1, 2012 by Random House Children's Books. 224 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books.
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Reviewed by Tony Bradman on Oct 12 2012

I do have one quibble – I thought the whole putting-on-a-show-at-the-fête set-up just the teensiest bit contrived, and was a little too much of an Aunt Sally in comparison to the series' other targets.

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