What would you rather do, tell Sid he smells or tell Principal Brody he smells? That's easy. I would tell Mr Brody. No one is scarier than the bully Sid Malone, and now he's coming to get Freddy.
Luckily, Freddy's got a plan. Laser beam eyes. If he stares at a white wall for long enough and wants it bad enough, his eyes will start to shoot laser beams.
On second thoughts, he might need a back-up plan! Freddy's friends are in danger too. But what can Freddy do when he's even afraid of his little sister? (Well to be fair, she is totally evil!) He has to find a way to rescue them all from Sid.
Need I say more? This is certainly aimed at The Wimpy Kid, Big Nate market but it’s Australian, and written by a Teacher Librarian who really knows what kids want.
I found it really easy to get into, and I felt for the plight of Freddy, with his unfortunate name ringing true (I also got teased for a variation of my name at primary school, so this really rang true).
With lots of humour, it also tackles bullying and gangs, and shows that through courage and fairness, this can be overcome. A win for the good guys in the end!
A really clever read that is best suited to a 7-10 year old reader.
Reviewed by Rob