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The Deadly 7

The Deadly 7

A monstrously hilarious middle-grade adventure from Sing director Garth Jennings

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ISBN 9781509887644
Barcode 9781509887644
Published 26 March 2019 by Pan Macmillan
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Jennings, Garth
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ISBN-13 9781509887644
ISBN-10 1509887644
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Macmillan Children's Books
Publication Date 26 March 2019
International Publication Date 21 March 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Jennings, Garth
Category Adventure Stories
Fantasy & Magical Realism
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 130mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 19mm
Weight 200g
Interest Age 9-11 years
Reading Age 9-11 years
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile;General/trade
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code 964562

Description of this Book

Who needs friends when you've got MONSTERS?Everything was happening so fast and it was all so . . . mad. It was as if someone had taken reality, made it into a jigsaw, thrown the jigsaw on to the floor and then said, 'Now, hurry up and put it all together!' as they danced all over the jigsaw pieces in a clown suit, blowing a trumpet.When Nelson's beloved big sister goes missing on a school trip, Nelson is devastated - he's not that good at making friends, and his sister is the only person he can talk to. His parents join the search party and leave Nelson in the care of his mad Uncle Pogo. Uncle Pogo is the caretaker of St Paul's Cathedral, and it is here that Nelson stumbles across a machine invented by Christopher Wren and buried for hundreds of years. Designed to extract the seven deadly sins, the machine had a fault - once extracted, the sins became living, breathing monsters who would then follow the sinner around for eternity (unless they ate him first, in the case of the particularly sinful). Nelson accidentally extracts seven deadly monsters from his own little soul. Ugly, cantankerous, smelly and often the cause of much embarrassment, Nelson's monsters are the last thing he needed in his life, but at least they're fairly harmless (he's a pretty good kid, on the whole). When he learns of their individual powers, he realizes the monsters can be put to good use, and together Nelson and the Deadly 7 set out on a quest across the globe to find and rescue his big sister. Somewhere along the way, Nelson realizes that he finally has friends, even if they are smelly, lazy friends who like smashing stuff up.The Deadly 7 is a monster adventure by successful director Garth Jennings and is packed full of hilariously appealing illustrations.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Warm and funny with a high yuck factor. * The Bookseller * This has got to be one of the funniest books I have read, I found myself giggling the whole way through and didn't really want the story to end. The Deadly 7 is a fantastic, action packed book that I would rate as a five star read. I loved the cover and illustrations inside the book, they really add to the story and help bring the monsters to life. * Bookbabblers * Adventurous, imaginative and slightly bonkers (well, aren't all the best books), The Deadly 7 is as refreshing and funny as you'd expect from the guy who wrote and directed Son of Rambow. * Dad.info * Highly imaginative and wonderfully told. * Parents In Touch * The Deadly 7 is one of the cleverest and funniest middle grade books you will read this year. * BookZone4Boys * An uproarious romp, and though the Seven would deny it, the book has a heart too. * The Bookbag * Garth's debut children's novel exudes so much confidence and bravura. . . Nelson's seven monsters are inspired comic creations, and readers will thoroughly enjoy this nutty adventure. Garth Jennings has illustrated the book too and there are numerous black and white line illustrations to add to the appeal. He deserves credit too for the authorial voice, an omniscient narrator that brought to mind E. Nesbit for me. * Books For Keeps * Written with style and boundless imaginative power, and illustrated throughout by the author, The Deadly 7 are simply drop-dead fantastic! * Lancashire Evening Post * Packed with the sort of perilous adventure and icky humour that 9+ kids will love. * Independent * A zany page-turner. * Observer * Anarchic, original, hilarious fun. * Metro *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Garth Jennings has directed many music videos and commercials as one third of the production company Hammer & Tongs. His work includes videos for Blur, Radiohead, Beck, Fatboy Slim and Vampire Weekend. He is the director of two feature films - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) and Son of Rambow (2007), for which he also wrote the screenplay. He wrote and directed the Golden Globe nominated Sing, a feature-length animated movie with an all-star cast, from the studio that created Despicable Me. He has also written The Deadly 7 and The Wildest Cowboy for Macmillan Children's Books.

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