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The Wizard In My Shed

The Misadventures of Merdyn the Wild

Simon Farnaby author Claire Powell illustrator


Publisher:Hachette Children's Group

Published:1st Oct '20


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Merdyn the Wild is from the Dark Ages. He's the world's greatest Warlock (don't call him a wizard), banished to the 21st century for bad behaviour, and he's about to create a whole load of trouble for Rose, aged 12.

Rose is a totally ordinary girl, on a mission to mend her broken family.

Bubbles is Rose's guinea pig. He just poos a lot.

When Rose bumps into Merdyn and discovers what he is, she quickly realises that he could be just what she needs. Rose agrees to help Merdyn navigate the confusing ways of the modern world (things like: the lidded bowl in the bathroom is NOT a sink, it's a TOILET, so definitely DON'T wash your face in it) if Merdyn gives her a spell to fix her family in return.

Now they just need to hide him in the shed without Rose's mum noticing, track down Merdyn's magic staff and find a way to send Merdyn back through time to the Dark Ages. What could possibly go wrong...?

From the writer of the Paddington 2 movie and writer and star of Horrible Histories, this hilariously silly, heartfelt adventure with a historical twist is perfect for fans of David Walliams and David Baddiel.

Farnaby's skill is evident not just in the gags, but in how he ties up loose ends... [a] hoot of a debut. * The Observer *
a time-travelling comedy of errors full of mischief * Guardian *
[delivers] plenty of laughs * The Sunday Express *
From the first page, the originality, quirky characters and subversive humour in this whacky, inverted time-slip novel grab the imagination and don't let go. This compelling debut novel from one of the authors/stars of TV's Horrible Histories is big-hearted, inventive and very, very funny. * BookTrust *
full of laughs and fast action... will appeal to the adult reader as well as the intended audience * Books for Keeps *
A funny, big-hearted read * Woman's Way *
[this book] made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion * ReadingZone *
a big, bold cast of brilliant characters, fun and laughter all the way, an entertaining historical twist and a story with a warm and compassionate heart... one of the best middle grade series' to grace our bookshelves * Wigan Today *

ISBN: 9781444957617

Dimensions: 218mm x 144mm x 40mm

Weight: 500g

384 pages