Jeremy Strong writes great slapstick books for kids aged about 6-10. They are slightly more aimed at boys, which is all good by me, seeing as I own two of them. He is a prolific writer, publishing a new book every few months, some as part of a series (Hundred Mile an Hour Dog, My Brother’s…) and others on their own.
His subject matter covers everything little boys love – dinosaurs, ancient Egypt, animals, bottoms, haunted houses and aliens to name but a few.
Killer Tomatoes is one of his stand-alone books and I think it’s probably one of his best. And I’m not the only one who thinks so – it’s won more awards than all of his other books.
It’s the story of Jack, a particularly accident-prone little boy, who is lying in hospital with a broken leg in traction. It’s about the characters he meets as he tries to piece together the story of the killer tomatoes… Just so you know, these are not tomatoes from your garden or the supermarket with massive teeth. They are tinned tomatoes, which in great enough quantities can prove hazardous. That’s all I have to say on that subject, you will have to read the book to find out more.
Try reading it out loud with your kids – use a few different voices for the characters. It’s brilliant and very funny and also quite believable.
If you’ve got 7 and 8 year old kids, I promise you will all enjoy this one.