The Astounding Broccoli Boy
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The Astounding Broccoli Boy

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Rory Rooney likes to be prepared for all eventualities. His favourite book is Don't Be Scared, Be Prepared, and he has memorized every page of it. He could even survive a hippo attack. He knows that just because something is unlikely doesn't mean it won't ever happen . . .

But Rory isn't prepared when he suddenly and inexplicably turns green. Stuck in an isolation ward in a hospital far from home with two other remarkably green children, Rory's as confused by his new condition as the medics seem to be.

What if turning green actually means you've turned into a superhero? Rory can't wait to make it past hospital security and discover exactly what his superpower might be . . .

The Astounding Broccoli Boy is the hilarious tale of an unlikely (and very green) hero believing in himself and finding adventure. This edition features fantastic cover artwork and black and white inside illustrations from the incredible Steven Lenton.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 26mm | 299g
  • MACMILLAN CHILDREN'S BOOKS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • B&W illustrations from Steven Lenton
  • 1529008808
  • 9781529008807
  • 691,593

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Family and friends, the power of the imagination, tackling bullies and learning that real heroes come in every shape and size are just some of the themes covered in this delightful, laugh-out-loud reading odyssey which has been brought to glorious life by Steven Lenton's quirky illustrations and is guaranteed to enchant both children and parents. * Lancashire Evening Post * A funny, silly and underlyingly serious story about self-belief, slapstick adventures, a very endearing penguin, the miraculousness of London and the value of being nice to people. It also carries the message that even if your are small (or any other size) and green (or any other colour), you should never be pushed around. -- Nicolette Jones * Sunday Times * An action-filled romp from an all-star author. * Metro * Frank Cottrell Boyce has cracked it again with a fast-paced adventure about a boy who turns green . . . a rallying cry for the power of difference. -- Lorna Bradbury * Telegraph.co.uk * This is classic Cottrell Boyce: brilliantly funny, believable and very human. * The Bookseller *
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About Frank Cottrell Boyce

Frank Cottrell-Boyce is an award-winning author and screenwriter. Millions, his debut children's novel, won the CILIP Carnegie Medal. He is also the author of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, Cosmic, Framed and The Astounding Broccoli Boy. His books have been shortlisted for a multitude of prizes, including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Whitbread Children's Fiction Award (now the Costa Book Award) and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth was shortlisted for the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal and selected for the inaugural W H Smith Tom Fletcher Book Club.

Frank is a judge for the BBC Radio 2 500 Words competition and, along with Danny Boyle, devised the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics. He has written for the hit TV series Dr Who, and is the screenwriter for upcoming film, Goodbye Christopher Robin.

Steven Lenton is originally from Congleton in Cheshire, where his family run a pom-pom factory, but he now splits his time between Brighton and London, where he works from his shared studio. Steven has a BA and MA in animation and has worked as a successful animator and art director for children's television. Steven is the illustrator of the Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam series (Nosy Crow), The Nothing to See Here Hotel (Simon & Schuster), as well as picture books with Elli Woollard.
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734 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
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4 33% (239)
3 27% (201)
2 7% (50)
1 3% (22)
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