Diary Of A Brilliant Kid: Top Secret Guide To Awesomness by Andy Cope, Gavin Oattes and Will Hussey

The Blurb On The Back:

This is a diary with a difference.  More of a do-ary.  Scribble in it, dribble on it, nibble it when you’re peckish.  Read, enjoy, learn, laugh but most of all DO.  Because your future’s so bright you’re gonna need shades!

This book is an instruction manual for life.  It tells you how to be epic so grab a hot choc, make your bum comfy and read on.  It’s even got pictures!

It’s time to shine …

From the multi-layered cupcake consisting of Andy Cope (Doctor of Happiness), Gavin Oattes (stand-up comedian), Will Hussey (an actual real teacher) and Amy Bradley (best illustrator evs) – this is your recipe book for having your cake and scoffing it.  Diary Of A Brilliant Kid works up your appetite to enjoy and savour every last dollop of whatever life serves you.  As well as putting-the-cherry-on top, it inspires you to:

– Think big, sparkly brightly and by your absolute best

– Be a mover, shaker and relationship maker 

– Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons

– Feel the fear and do it anyway

– Embrace the magnificent seven works that will change your life (yes, really!)

#Fact: The average person lives for 4000 weeks.  Life’s short.  It’s a gift.  Let’s not send it back unwrapped.

You can buy DIARY OF A BRILLIANT KID: TOP SECRET GUIDE TO AWESOMENESS by Andy Cope, Gavin Oattes and Will Hussey from Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstone’s or Bookshop.org UK.  I earn commission on any purchases made through these links.

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A Book Of Milliganimals by Spike Milligan

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Do you know what a Onecan is?  Have you met a Gofongo or the Bald Twit Lion?  Can you guess what the Wiggle-Woggle said?

Another collection of goonish poems and zany drawings by Spike Milligan.  

You can buy A BOOK OF MILLIGANIMALS by Spike Milligan from Amazon USA and Amazon UK.  I earn commission on any purchases made through this link.

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Small Dreams Of A Scorpion by Spike Milligan

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They chop down 100ft trees

To make chairs

I bought one

I am six-foot-one inch

When I sit in the chair

I’m four foot two.

Did they really chop down a 100ft tree

To make me look shorter? 

Here’s a volume of Millipoems on pollution, population and conservation – serious subjects, overlaid by the inimitable Milligan humour.  

You can buy SMALL DREAMS OF A SCORPION by Spike Milligan from Amazon USA and Amazon UK.  I earn commission on any purchases made through this link.

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Rory Branagan: The Deadly Dinner Lady by Andrew Clover and Ralph Lazar

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Hello.

I am Rory Branagan.  I am actually a detective.  My school is having a talent show – with Mr Bolton’s ridiculous rap, Mr Meeton’s epic guitar solos and my friend Cat’s amazing dance – but, right in the middle of it, there is the deadliest crime in the history of our school.  I have to find out who did it and why – before they strike again! 

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Deadpool: The Complete Collection Volume 1 by Daniel Way, Andy Diggle, Steve Dillon, Paco Medina, Carlo Barberi and Bong Dazo

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He’s the Marvel Universe’s Merc With A Mouth!  As quick with a pistol as he is with a one-liner!

Fan-favourite writer Daniel Way brings the crazy with his character-defining run on the Crimson Comedian, the Regeneratin’ Degenerate, the Asinine Assassin … Deadpool!

The X-Men’s favourite frenemy, Deadpool straddles the line between hero and villain, sanity and insanity.  So when a Skrull invasion force lands on Earth, it’s anyone’s guess which side the unpredictable Wade Wilson will join!  The wisecracking, gun-toting, one-man army single-handedly saves a baseball stadium full of fans from a Skrull attack – and promptly surrenders to the invaders, leaving everyone scratching their heads.

Deadpool infiltrates the Skrull ranks – and through all the allegiance swapping, back-stabbing and mental instability, he tries to make good on a contract and get PAID!  But all hell breaks loose when the objective is compromised and his big, fat pay check gets cancelled.  Wade sets out to settle the score – even if that means he has to fight his way through Norman Osborn’s new team of Dark Avengers, made up of the Marvel Universe’s greatest villains in disguise.

And as Deadpool storms his way to the top of Avengers Tower, Osborn goes all in and deploys his bloodthirsty black-ops team of assassins, the Thunderbolts!  Plug up your ears, kids – it’s gonna get loud!

Plus: Two men who can’t die slice one another to ribbons and then blow those ribbons up with lots of explosives as Wolverine and Deadpool hash out their differences in a showdown for the ages! 

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Walls by Emma Fischel

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Ned Harrison Arkle-Smith had a good life – a perfect family, a true best friend, and a brilliant secret den – but now everything is ruined!  Suddenly his mum and dad want to build a wall right through the middle of his home, Bill has made other friends, and his new neighbour has taken over his special place.

Ned is definitely, completely, totally not happy about this.  Until the night he loses his temper and something amazing happens.  Something that means maybe he can get everyone to come back round to his way of thinking … 

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Sunny Side Up: A Story Of Kindness And Joy by Susan Calman

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Susan Calman’s enthusiasm and happiness at being on <u>Strictly Come Dancing</u> was an inspiration to all of us.  Cheer Up Love, Susan’s first book, had a clear aim: to help people understand depression.  Sunny Side Up has a similarly clear path: to persuade people to be kinder to each other and spread more joy.

These are extremely difficult and confusing times – people are cross and shouty.  It’s exhausting!  But more than anything, people like Susan, people who don’t hate other people, are apologising for the way they think.  Susan wants to make sure that they don’t.

She wants them to know that it’s ok to love people, that kindness and community are wonderful and brilliant, and to bring on the joy in the little things in life and help defeat the hate and fear.

Susan is a one-woman army of hope and joy, and she’s ready to lead the nation in a different direction. 

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To Night Owl From Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer

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Avery, you don’t know me but I’m writing to you anyway.  This is awkward but I’m just going to say it.  Your dad + my dad ARE NOW A COUPLE.  That isn’t my business, only it IS my business because my dad wants to send me to a summer camp that you’re going to.

– Bett Devlin

Bett, I think you are confused and have the wrong person.  If my papa was in a relationship with your dad, there is a one hundred per cent chance I would know about it.  We’re very close, and it’s been just the two of us almost my whole life, so we’re best friends and he tells me everything.

– Avery A. Bloom

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Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian

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My name is Omar.

I have a huge imagination.

I hate marshmallows.

And this is the first book all abut me!

You might not know me yet, but once you open the pages of this book you’ll laugh so hard that snot will come out of your nose (plus you might meet a dragon and a zombie – what more could you want?).

My parents decided it would be a good idea to move house and move me to a new school at the same time.  As if I didn’t have a hard enough time staying out of trouble at home, now I’ve also got to try and make new friends.  What’s worse, the class bully seems to think I’m the perfect target.

At least Eid’s around the corner which means a feast (yay) and presents (double yay).  Well, as long as I can stay in mum and dad’s good books long enough … 

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The Accidental President by Tom McLaughlin

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Ajay

Find out how I accidentally sort of became the ACTUAL president of the USA – yeah baby!

Hank

My opposition – he sure knows how to throw a TEMPER TANTRUM, his face can turn from pink to bright beetroot in 20 seconds flat.

Sophie

Behind every great leader, there’s a Sophie. Nothing phases her … well, nothing but a MARMITE SANDWICH.

Joe

My BFF was the first kid Prime Minister in the history of the WORLD and is the first leader to call in a cheese related crisis

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The Legend Of Kevin by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

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Is it a bird?

Is it a plane?

No, it’s Kevin!

Kevin the flying pony blows in on a magical storm and – DOOF – crashes into the balcony outside Max’s flat.

As the storm waters rise and the town is besieged by creatures (naughty sea monkeys ahoy-eep-eep!) Max and Kevin set about putting things right.

With Max’s quick thinking and a constant supply of biscuits for Kevin, there’s nothing this heroic duo can’t achieve! 

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Happyville High: Geek Tragedy by Tom McLaughlin

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Happyville High might seem like the perfect school, but anyone looking closely can see there’s something really strange going on.

No-one else seems to be worried that the captain of the American football team has grown a super long spaghetti arm.

Because he’s got an incredible throw now … It is weird though.

Maybe we should investigate?

When one NERDY GENIUS, a CRACK-POT INVENTOR, and a COMPUTER GEEK band together, there’s no mystery that they can’t solve.  They might be took uncool for school, but they’re the only kids with the brains to get to the bottom of what’s happening at Happyville High.

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In Bloom by C. J. Skuse

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Rhiannon Lewis should be happy.

Her cheating fiancé is in jail – framed for the depraved killing spree she committed.

Her ex lover has been chopped up and is buried in the garden.

But there’s one small problem. She’s pregnant.

And much as Rhiannon wants to continue working her way through her kill lists, a small voice inside is trying to make her stop.

Now she has to choose between motherhood or murder.

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Sweet Pea by C. J. Skuse

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Rhiannon Lewis might seem like the average girl next door, but she’s got a killer secret.

Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhiannon’s celebrity has dwindled.  By day her job at a newspaper is demeaning and unsatisfying.  By evening she dutifully listens to her friend’s wedding plans whilst secretly making a list.

A kill list.

From the man at the supermarket who mishandles her apples, to the people who have got it coming, Rhiannon’s ready to get her revenge.

Because the girl everyone overlooks might be able to get away with murder …

You can order SWEET PEA by C. J. Skuse from Amazon USAAmazon UKWaterstone’s or Bookshop.org UK.  I earn commission on any purchases made through these links.

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Natboff! One Million Years Of Stupidity by Andy Stanton

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Meet the hysterical, historical folk of Lamonic Bibber …

Hairy cavemen!  Duelling knights!  Fairy tale princesses!  Craft witches!  Victorian inventors!  Useless astronauts!  Talking grapes!  Peculiar doctors!  And a squirrel!

Yes, from 10,000 years BC to the distant future, they’re all inside waiting for YOU.  So sit back, strap on your laughing faces and prepare for the craziest trip of ALL TIME!  

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Little Miss Lucky Is Getting Married by Roger Hargreaves, Sarah Daykin, Lizzie Daykin and Liz Bankes

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Little Miss Lucky is getting married and she wants to keep it simple and dignified, including the hen do.  But everyone else has other ideas.  Will she survive Little Miss Naughty’s antics and make it to her mother’s dream wedding on time?

The perfect book for any bride-to-be who wonders if they really are the lucky one.

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Rory Branagan: Detective by Andrew Clover and Ralph Lazar

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Hello.  I am Rory Branagan.  I am actually a detective.  Now … People always say: “How do you become a detective?” and I say: “Ahhh, you don’t just suddenly find yourself sneaking up on baddies, or chasing them, or fighting them, or living a life of constant deadly danger – you have to want it.”

So why did I want it?

I just wanted to find my dad …

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The Exact Opposite Of Okay by Laura Steven

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Izzy O’Neill.

Impoverished orphan.

Aspiring comedian.

Slut extraordinaire – apparently … 

Izzy never expected to be eighteen and internationally reviled.  But when photos involving her, a politician’s son and a garden bench emerge, the trolls set out to take her apart. 

Armed with best friend Ajita and a metric ton of nachos, she must figure out who’s behind the vicious website – while keeping her sanity intact.

Izzy is about to find out that the way the world treats girls is not okay.

It’s the Exact Opposite of Okay.  

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Horace & Harriet Take On The Town by Clare Elsom

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Harriet is seven.  And a quarter.  Horace is seventeenth century.  And a STATUE!

But after a rather rocky start, their friendship is soon on a very firm footing.  Together they take up the challenge to help Horace (who has come down from his pedestal) get to grips with modern life.

Separated by centuries.  Joined by a common purpose.  Horace and Harriet are rock solid! 

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Landscape With Invisible Hand by M. T. Anderson

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We were all surprised when the vuvv landed the first time.  We were just glad they weren’t invading.  We couldn’t believe our luck when they offered us their tech and invited us to be part of their Interspecies Co-Prosperity Alliance. 

Several years on, jobs are scarce due to the rise of alien tech and there’s no money for food, clean water, or the vuvv’s miraculous medicine.  Adam and his girlfriend, Chloe, must get creative to survive.  Since the vuvv crave “classic” Earth culture, recording 1950s-style dates for them to view seems like a brilliant idea.

But it’s hard for Adam and Chloe to murmur sweet nothings when they hate each other more with every episode.  Soon enough, Adam must decide how far he’s willing to go – and what he’s willing to sacrifice. 

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The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney

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Like all twenty-year-olds, Ryan Cusack is trying to get his head around who he is.  This is not a good time for his boss to exploit his dual heritage by opening a new black market route from Italy to Ireland, it is certainly not a good time for his adored girlfriend to decide he’s irreparably corrupted, and he really wishes he hadn’t accidentally caught the eye of an ornery grandmother who fancies herself his saviour.

There may be a way clear of the chaos in the business proposals of music promoter Colm and in the attention of the charming, impulsive Natalie.  But now that his boss’s ambitions have rattled the city, Ryan is about to find out what he’s made of, and it might be that chaos is in his blood.

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The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney

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Maureen didn’t mean to kill a man, but what can a poor dear do when she’s surprised by an intruder and has only a holy stone to hand?  Lucky that she’s just reconnected with her estranged son Jimmy because, as the most feared gangster in Cork, he certainly has the tools to sort out the mess.

So Jimmy enlists his boyhood buddy Tony who, with six kids and a love of the bottle, could certainly do with the money, even if his teenage son, Ryan, is far too keen to grow up so he can become a gangster himself.  And all is going to plan until Georgie, the girlfriend of the hapless intruder, starts to wonder where he went …

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