Bought this as I remembered it from childhood and in fact, this was the book with the all the bees are ded line that made me choke with laughter at twelve That happened again a few times at twenty five, although there was the inevitable loss of pathos in the name of humour that I didn t note half my life ago Very, very clever books for children , though, and amazingly well realised characters However, Jack as the hero of the piece plays into the boring Everyman trope Team Uncle Parker Wanted to read a book after reading some quite heavy gloomy ghost fantasy books lately and this was the best antidote Read this many years ago when I was a kid and it s been on my shelves for a few years having picked it up at a second hand book shop It s still funny, irreverent and cheers you up Forgot how funny Helen Cresswell was. Bad, Mad And Brilliant To Know The Bagthorpes Are Back Something Even Stranger Than Normal Is Happening In The Bagsthorpe House Ever Since Uncle Parker Won A Luxury Cruise, They Ve Alll Gone Competition Crazy There Isn T An Unfilled Entry Form To Be Found And They Re Scrawling Winning Slogans All Over The Place Only Jack And His Dog Zero Are Staying Out Of It Everybody Knows That They Could Never Win So Just How Does The Mixed Up Mutt Become The Most Famous Dog In Britain Floods Fire A plague of competitions Great stuff I enjoyed this one a bit than the first in the Bagthorpe saga, perhaps because it seemed to have increased zaniness Very funny. I laughed until I cried Twice Hilarious This book was even funny than the first one I love the unholy alliance between Daisy and Grandma It was really hilarious to see development of their personality In the first book, I find them to be kind of annoying, but this book brings out the youthful, mischievousness in Grandma and paired with the inexhaustible ideas of Daisy really helped me to connect with these characters.It is so nice to see Zero finally get recognized for the great dog that he is I have to admit there was a tear in my eye when the entire family jumped in to defend Zero when the greedy man tried to claim him, even though they were back to bashing him not five minutes later It shows their true feelings about zero, which really does a lot for Jack s confidence in the series.I would recommend this book as good fun and clean laughs for all ages. This is where the Bagthorpe Saga really gets into its stride, with some outstandingly funny set pieces It s a sharp critique of consumerism and the fickle world of celebrity, and prefigures reality TV by some thirty years Indeed, if I had to nominate my favourite instalment in the series, it d be this or Bagthorpes Unlimited.Most significantly for fans, it s where the Unholy Alliance between Grandma and Daisy, so key to the humour in later books, is forged. This book I read was about when Uncle Parker had won a luxury cruise, the whole family was going competition crazy Though, Jack and his dog, Zero, were staying out of it Here are the scenes I liked about this book Chapter 2, Page 30 The house was full of Bagthorpes similarly engaged Rosie was sucking her pencil over a Slogan for aftershave made difficult by her uncertainty as to what this product was actually supposed to do In the end, she settled for You may be no saint, but X will make you feel good Chapter 7, Page 111 It seemed an ideal place to set about losing Zero because he was very much preoccupied by rabbits and squirrels He had never yet caught a rabbit indeed Mr Bagthorpe swore to having once seen Zero pursued across the meadow by a rabbit Nor, of course, had he ever caught a squirrel, though it was not for want of trying.I would recommend this book to teen readers because on how the writer describes the story with descriptive words. I had forgotten about the Bagthorpe series until I reminded on a librarian s email list Children s librarians were sharing titles that they wished were back in print I grabbed up this title at their recommendation and I m so glad I did Great British language Wonderful humor Wild and crazy characters I laughed and laughed and laughed I highly recommend Absolute Zero
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- 174 pages
- Absolute Zero
- Helen Cresswell
- 08 July 2019 Helen Cresswell