This evening, I was talking to some friends about the danger of young boys being “reluctant readers”. We were discussing children’s books over a beef and beetroot stew, lovingly (if somewhat messily) prepared by the Falcon Berger elves.
After the meal, one of my friends mentioned that she thought The Trumblebuggins - one of our earlier titles – was a good book for getting boys to read, due to the humour and subject matter (namely, naughty children and their hijinks at school). The Trumblebuggins was our second title, very much in the same vein as Roald Dahl and David Walliams. Uniquely for a Falcon Berger title, it has anarchic illustrations peppered throughout (drawn, in fact, by the same elves who put the stew together).
This seems like a good time to mention The Trumblebuggins, because the author – Harry Ladd – is putting the finishing touches to the manuscript for a sequel, called The Trumblebuggins Meet Their Match.
It occurred to me that we have a lovely website for the first book, where you can learn all about the terrible Trumblebuggins children – including newspaper cuttings and hair-raising school reports – which we haven’t previously linked to. If you’re interested and want to learn more, it’s right here.