Hang in there Bozo, by Lauren Child (HarperCollins, RRP $5):
Ruby Redfort is the heroine of a series of books by Lauren Child: a secret agent, detective, thirteen-year-old kid. And now a survival expert.
Subtitled “The Ruby Redfort Emergency Survival Guide for Some Tricky Predicaments”, this book is packed with helpful hints and tips to deal with all manner of, well, tricky predicaments.
There’s everything from an etiquette guide to make meeting the Queen of England go smoothly to how to deal with rhinos.
This handy pocket-sized volume might not always be the most practical (where are you going to encounter a rhino in Invercargill?) but it will provide a few laughs.
Take Your Last Breath, by Lauren Child (HarperCollins, RRP $25):
When she’s not offering helpful tips on rhinos, everyone’s favourite kid detective is solving crimes.
The Ruby Redfort series of books has sold millions of copies and is showing no signs of slowing down.
The 13-year-old crimebuster is on the case of the Twinford pirates as she tries to evade the clutches of both a vile sea monster and the evil Count von Viscount.
As expected, this has all usual humour you have come to expect from Lauren Child’s offerings. A great read for ages 9-plus.