Like the mythical Tantalus, Nico is always just one good wave away from winning the world surfing championship he so desires. Nico and his friends travel to a competition on far-off Planet Eeeno where he finally surfs himself into an unbeatable position only to be thwarted by the sudden appearance of the Obelisk of Eeeno. The visual and verbal jokes in this high-energy, mad fantasy quest appeal to
If you like calm, sensible,
fluffy stories, then
Because this is a story about a LUMP OF ROCK!!
The dialogue is not very interesting because lumps of rock don't talk!
I bet you didn't know that. I bet you thought all the rocks and little stones chatted amongst themselves when you were not around.
Well, it's not true.
But here are 22 things that are true:
2 An obelisk is a piece of rock. A long thin pointy piece of rock.
4 The planet EEENO is just a piece of rock floating in space.
6 A parallel universe is really another-other piece of rock, just like the other piece of rock, but in the wrong place.
8 An author is just a piece of rock with a laptop.
10 Nell Smith had a dog, called Spot. Spot used to leave little rocks all around the garden. Little smelly rocks.
12 An obelisk is a big, fat, dumb, French comic-strip character.
14 Nico's favourite rock group is the Red Hot Chili Pebbles.
16 My mum's favourite actor was Rock Hudson.
18 He had rocks in his head.
20 So did my mum.
22 So do you.
Terry Denton has illustrated many popular and funny books, including the hilarious Just series by Andy Griffiths and Duck for Cover, Spooner or Later and Freeze a Crowd by Paul Jennings and Ted Greenwood. His own books include the madly inventive Storymaze and Gasp! series. In his Wombat and Fox books, Terry's idiosyncratic sense of humour shines through, this time directed to a younger audience.
A & U Children
Paperback - B format
8 - 12