What would life be like if you were followed around by seven noisy, smelly, rude monsters? And not just any monsters, but seven monsters who represent the seven deadly sins. Garth Jennings shows us just how weird, silly and embarrassing it would be in his book The Deadly 7.
When eleven year-old Nelson’s beloved big sister goes missing on a school trip, he is devastated – he’s not that good at making friends and his sister is the only person he can talk to. In the dark catacombs of St Paul’s cathedral Nelson stumbles across a strange and ancient machine, designed to extract the seven deadly sins and Nelson accidentally extracts seven deadly monsters from his own little soul. Nelson and the Deadly 7 set out on a quest across the globe to find and rescue his big sister and on the way they have an adventure beyond Nelson’s wildest dreams, and he learns that good friends come in all shapes and sizes.
The Deadly Seven is a funny adventure story, with a bunch of funny monsters that you’ll love. The action is fast-paced and makes you want to keep reading. The first chapter totally grabbed me as it’s really mysterious and features a rather odd character who we see more of throughout the book. The Deadly 7 are made up of Stan (the angry one), Nosh (the hungry one), Crush (the cuddly one), Hoot (the vain one), Miser (the greedy one), Puff (the lazy one), and Spike (the jealous one). No one can see them but Nelson so that makes for some very funny situations (at airport security and inside a plane just to name a couple). The scene in the airport was my favourite part and I always read it to school groups as it has them laughing out loud. My favourite of the monsters was Nosh as he’s always hungry and it’s amazing what he can fit in his mouth.
It’s perfect for fans of Frank Cottrell Boyce and Cressida Cowell and any readers that a dash of humour and adventure in their books.
Recommended for 9+