Aaron Blabey writes very funny picture books. His picture books about Pig the Pug and Thelma the Unicorn are hilarious and are some of my favourite picture books. I was excited when I heard that Aaron Blabey was going to be publishing a series of books for older children, called The Bad Guys. The first book in the series, Episode One, is out now and it is absolutely brilliant!
They sound like the Bad Guys, they look like the Bad Guys . . . and they even smell like the Bad Guys. But Mr Wolf, Mr Piranha, Mr Snake and Mr Shark are about to change all of that! Mr Wolf has a daring plan for the Bad Guys’ first good mission. The gang are going to break 200 dogs out of the Maximum Security City Dog Pound. Will Operation Dog Pound go smoothly? Will the Bad Guys become the Good Guys? And will Mr Snake please spit out Mr Piranha?
The Bad Guys: Episode One is a short, witty and incredibly funny book that will have you laughing out loud. It’s the sort of book that makes you laugh all the way through. The humour works on different levels so – there is lots to make younger kids laugh but adults will get some jokes that kids might not.
The story focuses on a group of animals who are always thought of as bad guys – Mr Wolf, Mr Snake, Mr Piranha and Mr Shark. They get a pretty bad rap, from attempting to eat old women to eating anything and anybody. Mr Wolf is sick of being misunderstood so he calls his friends together and they set out to prove they can be good guys. Their plans never quite seem to go as planned and have hilarious consequences.
There are so many things I love about The Bad Guys! The way that Aaron tells the story draws the reader in, with Mr Wolf speaking directly to the reader at the start of the book. It’s a cross between a graphic novel and a chapter book, with sparse text and funny illustrations, so will appeal to beginner readers right through to older children. I love Aaron Blabey’s illustrations because his characters are so expressive and it’s the combination of these illustrations and the text that make this book so funny.
The Bad Guys begs to be read aloud so grab a copy of Episode 1 and laugh along with your children as you introduce them to the bad guys who just want to be good.