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Win a brilliant new children’s book: ‘The Abominators and my Amazing Panty Wanty Woos’


Win this very funny children's book to fill your kids bookcase with Tidy Book's  book review and competition

If your child is a fan of Horrid Henry, The Dunderheads, or even St Trinians, then The Abominators and my Amazing Panty Wanty Woos should be next on their reading list.

Written for newly cynical 8 year olds (and older) this is a romp of a story, with lots of bad behaviour and frankly bizarre characters.   The story nicely pokes fun at snobbishness and pre-conceptions, with the triumph of friendship in the end, and lots of very silly goings on and laughs on the way.

You can win one of two copies of The Abominators and my Amazing Panty Wanty Woos by telling us your favourite story of mischief at school.  To enter, leave a comment at the end.

Cecil Trumpington Potts’ absurdly aristocratic family have been ruined, and now Cecil and his dad live in a tiny flat, eating only baked beans, and Cecil has to go to the scruffy school in the wrong end of town. Cecil has been sheltered by his nanny since birth, and believes it perfectly normal to talk about his ‘panty wanty woos.’  The school gang, the Abominators are appalled that Cecil wants to be friends with them.  They have a reputation as the masters of mischief (such as filling the school toilets with strawberry jelly or the staffroom with frogs) that they can’t jeopardise by letting Cecil Trumpington-Potts be one of them.   They set Cecil a series of set him challenges they are very sure he’ll never succeed at.

Cecil’s very funny naivety and quick –wittedness, and his preparedness for mischief too, helps him meet these challenges, and he becomes the hero of Grimely Primary, and shows up the snobbery of rival school, Lofty Heights in the posher end of town.

My nine year old deemed it ‘pretty funny’ and liked Cecil's toilet humour.  He enjoyed it enough to whizz through the book in an afternoon, getting a fair few guffaws on the way.   I am very much out of the book’s age range, but I really enjoyed it too; it has a fantastic pace, and got me giggling.

The Abominators and my Amazing Panty Wanty Woos is the first in a series by JL Smith, and illustrated by Sam Hearn, so its one to look out for.  You can read an extract on the publishers website here

The review and giveaway copies of The Abominators and my Amazing Panty Wanty Woos have been kindly provided by publishers Little, Brown.  Published February 2013.

You can WIN a copy of The Abominators and my Amazing Panty Wanty Woos by telling us your favourite story of mischief at school. 

Leave your answer in the comment box below.  So we can notify the winner please confirm on our Facebook page that you have entered.  This competition is open to the US and UK.

Good luck!


16 thoughts on “Win a brilliant new children’s book: ‘The Abominators and my Amazing Panty Wanty Woos’”

  • Kate Williamson
    Kate Williamson March 7, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Fab book, my twins would love this, their very mischievous. I don't think they do anything at school, too scared but always being little monkeys at home.xx.

  • Michelle Reidy
    Michelle Reidy March 7, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Horrid henry is a favourite in our house

    JANE DALE-BEAUMONT March 7, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    my son put books on top of the classroom door expecting a friend to walk through instead in came the teacher, he flew across the room with the expertise of Jackie Chan (one of his heroes) he prevented the books from hitting 'Miss' on the head, needless to say the school punished him, and he lived to be mischievous on many more occasions.

  • Lisa Troccoli
    Lisa Troccoli March 7, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    My children love Roald Dahl at the moment but their favourite mischief book would have to be Horrid Henry!

  • stacey hutchins
    stacey hutchins March 7, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    my son would love this he alway getting into trouble there never a dull moment he alway being cheeky and he has a cheeky smile and he is a little monster xxx

  • Lorraine Stanhope
    Lorraine Stanhope March 8, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Technically not a story but a poem.... I absolutely adored Please Mrs Butler by Allan Ahlberg when I was at school and I still love it now! Still have my copy from when I was a child, which now sits in DD's bookcase. Love how some things never change and can read with DD and have a good giggle!!

    Here it is for any who may never have heard it....
    Please Mrs Butler
    This boy Derek Drew
    Keeps copying my work, Miss.
    What shall I do?

    Go and sit in the hall, dear.
    Go and sit in the sink.
    Take your books on the roof, my lamb.
    Do whatever you think.

    Please Mrs Butler
    This boy Derek Drew
    Keeps taking my rubber, Miss.
    What shall I do?

    Keep it in your hand, dear.
    Hide it up your vest.
    Swallow it if you like, love.
    Do what you think best.

    Please Mrs Butler
    This boy Derek Drew
    Keeps calling me rude names, Miss.
    What shall I do?

    Lock yourself in the cupboard, dear.
    Run away to sea.
    Do whatever you can, my flower.
    But don't ask me!

    Allan Ahlberg

  • Kelly Rufus

    my little boy loves that's not my car and dear zoo, but I love dinosaurs love underpants x

  • Emi

    favorite story of mischief at school is the Teacher from the Black Lagoon where a boy has a fantasy about his teacher being a monster. I notices that our local library has a series of these books but we only have that one. I do not use facebook for anything other than my roller coaster club activities so I will not be confirming that I commented on your facebook page, however, this email is the one that I use to receive facebook notifications.

  • rebbecca burbidge
    rebbecca burbidge March 13, 2013 at 11:52 am

    My 6yr old son is a big Horrid Henry fan, so am sure he would love to have this in his book collection.

  • Carolyn Gardner
    Carolyn Gardner March 14, 2013 at 11:05 am

    My twins would love this book

  • Debra G

    I would love to win this for my grandchildren.

  • tina page

    we like the mischief in the madeline books

  • michelle anderson
    michelle anderson March 21, 2013 at 10:17 am

    My boys are right trouble makers!lol. The 7 yr old has the whole collection of Horrid Henry books and the film! x

  • Caroline Hooper
    Caroline Hooper March 21, 2013 at 10:29 am

    My daughter would love this

  • Caroline Hooper
    Caroline Hooper March 21, 2013 at 10:31 am

    my daughter would love this book

  • Sarah Walford

    I loved the Naughtiest Girl in the school books by Enid Blyton when I was little. I always wanted to get away with what Elizabeth did!!!

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