Morris Gleitzman grew up in England and came to Australia when he was sixteen. He was a frozen chicken thawer, sugar mill rolling stock unhooker, fashion industry trainee, student, department store Santa, TV producer, newspaper columnist and freelance screen-writer. Then in 1985 he wrote a novel for young people. Now he's a children's author.
Gr 4-7-Third in a series by Australian author Morris Gleitzman, this tale humorously tackles the issue of a child's feelings about his 30-something, overweight parents' perceived loneliness after separation from each other. Keith Shipley, the story's 13-year-old protagonist from London, also served as the main character in previous titles, Misery Guts and Worry Warts. Keith schemes to market his parents through a series of comical efforts. A sub-plot involves a visit from Keith's best gal-pal from Australia and her self-obsessed Aunt Bev, who seems to be looking for a bit of romance herself. Gleitzman narrates the story, and listeners will be able to define British words (bloke, quid) from their contextual clues. Gleitzman's droll reading of the text is further enhanced by his distinctly Australian inflection. Although not fully-voiced, this rendition is nonetheless engaging. Most youngsters will enjoy the clever storyline, rich with irony, brought to life by the author's obvious connection to his well-developed characters. A solid addition to audio collection for upper elementary students.-Kirsten Martindale, Buford Academy, GA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.