The Parent Agency by David Baddiel


Acclaimed author David Baddiel delivers an epic wish-fulfilment adventure for every child…..and for the child in everyone.

Barry Bennett hates being called Barry. In fact it’s his number 2 on the list of things he blames his parents for, along with 1) ‘being boring’ and 3) ‘always being tired’.

But there is a world, not far from this one, where parents don’t have children. No. That’s far too random for something so big and important. In this world, children are allowed to choose their parents.

For Barry bennett, finding himself suddenly inside this world seems like a dream come true. only things turn out to be not quite so simple…


My thoughts…..

I really enjoyed this book. I maybe wouldn’t have chosen it for myself in the shops but I’m glad I got the opportunity to read it, as it is quite funny. It didn’t take me long to read as it is an easy read. It’s a fun book and a great story. It doesn’t have pictures through the book but at the start, there are two pages full of the cast, which I thought was a really nice idea.




Jordan’s Thoughts…..

In the last week I have read half of the book, the start of the book was a bit boring but as I got through 7 pages it got better. There is a kid called Barry Bennett and he hates being called Barry and he loves to blame things on people. But his world is not very simple because of his parents. I would give this book a 8/10 because the first 7 pages. It is very humorous (funny) I would pick this in a shop because it’s got a bright cover and would stand out on the shelf. To finish this I just want to say THANK YOU for giving me a chance to read it.

So there you have it. A good book all around and we would both recommend it.


We were sent this book for the purposes of review but all words and opinions are our own. 

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Silent Sunday


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Word of the Week

REST! Next week we go on holiday which I hope gives us a rest from bugs because they seem to keep going full circle around the house.
I hope it just gives us a break from real life for a few days. Things have been difficult lately and we all just need to get away and relax for a while (if you follow me on Twitter you will know why)
And I’m also taking a break from the Internet.
I’m going to have a week of no blogging (I think it’s needed) and a break from social media (sort of) I’m still going to post photos or say that we’ve had a lovely day, or that we saw something great etc because it’s the easiest way for family and friends to see rather than texting everyone but I’m not going to indulge in conversations or post blog links.
I won’t be joining in with any links next week because it’s not just the linking up, you also have to comment and I don’t want to spend a whole day when I get back, commenting.
I might join in with WotW next Friday but that’s all.

Hope you all have a great week and I look forward to catching up to you all when I’m back and hopefully well rested 😊

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Wicked Wednesday!



Yes I know it COULD have been a cute photo, but I feel like being miserable.



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Why so judgmental

Why do people judge? I have been judged my whole life and have always felt the need to explain my life. Which I shouldn’t have to.
I was judged when I had my first child at 18 and then again at 20.
No one looked at the fact I had a husband, a house, no debts.
As soon as I had both children in the hospital, I was asked about contraception. Who the fuck wants to think about that or sex after you’ve had a baby? But obviously because I was young and having a baby, that made me clueless.

Then when in November when I had a 21 month old and a 3 month old I got a text (yes a text) from my husband to say he was leaving me. He came home that day and cleaned out the house and leaving me with sod all.
And so I was judged for being a young, single mum on benefits. And I was put in the statistics.

Again no one looked to see that despite being totally heart broken while my husband used me, never looked after or paid for my kids. I got a three bed home, told him to piss off (eventually) furnished it and decorated it all by myself, Fed my children good meals and gave them a brilliant christmas.

Now having been with my new partner for 10 years, that my older children call and see as their dad, we have another child together, a home, car etc. Now I am seen as the older snobby mum (I am so not)
When the older two are at school and I’m out with the toddler, people always assume he’s my first and that I need advice. I love to tell them that I have two older children.

Now I know some single parents that judge me. Assume that I have a perfect life and I have no idea how hard it is for them.
Well actually yes I do. I had it rough too, it is bloody hard but just because I have a partner now and I’m not on benefits, it doesn’t mean my life is suddenly super easy. I still struggle to afford things. Yes I have a partner that helps me out with housework and the kids but he works nights and then has to sleep through the day so sometimes I am that single parent by myself again.

So what I’m saying is, stop judging people! Life is far too short to worry or get jealous over other people, just enjoy what you do have and stop moaning about what you don’t!
And remember things are not always as they seem.

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Silent Sunday


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The Richebourg Affair Book Review


I was recently sent The Richebourg Affair book by the lovely people at mumsnet. I was so excited to read it because I’ve reviewed books but not often books for adults (not naughty) and ones that are to my taste. This book fits both :)

Firstly the blurb…

Who’d have thought it? Commandant Truchaud of the Paris police is used to dealing with villainy and violence in the French capital, but when he is summoned home to Burgundy on the death of his brother, he finds a seething vat of theft, fraud, and cold-blooded murder fomenting beneath the serene surface of the little village of Nuits-Saint-Georges. What is hidden behind the cellar walls? Who wanted his brother dead? Why does Inspector Molleau have a loaded pistol in his desk drawer? As Truchaud digs deeper and deeper into the mystery, he discovers that, for some people, Richebourg is quite literally a wine to die for. The Richebourg Affair is the first of a trilogy set in and around Nuits-Saint Georges, following Truchaud through three different wine-related scandals over the course of a year in the Burgundy vineyards.

My review….

I loved this book! It’s so exciting, it kept me engaged and I wanted to keep reading on to see what happened.
It did take a little while to get through due to the different names, it can get a bit confusing. I realised at the end of the book R.M Cartmel has written them all down with an explanation of who they are on the last few pages. I would suggest to you that you read these notes as you read the book, I think it would help lots!
It’s a very complex mystery with lots a different elements but that’s what I liked about it :)
I was surprised to learn that this is R.M Carmel’s first book. He is a natural author and was born to write.

I would definitely recommend if you like in depth mystery books. I give it 8/10

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