The over-used whimsical is the first word that springs to mind to describe Uncle Pete’s story of adventure. But it’s more than that. It’s a completely ridiculous tale told with an entirely straight face which makes it very funny. Also in the mix are some good life lessons about the environment and how we treat each other.

Harry has never slept. Never ever. Not once. He’s not ill. He’s not tired (although everyone around about him is). He just can’t sleep. When Uncle Pete, a long-lost explorer, comes to visit he thinks he might be able to help Harry and his parents. If only he could remember how to get to the nameless country he stumbled across once before…

With the help of some stardust, a rickety biplane and a talking mouse called TM who just happens to be able to read maps, Uncle Pete sets off on his adventure. And what an adventure it is, involving some sheep, a cat who can spin and weave (but not talk – that would be ridiculous!) and some helpful whales. And, of course, Mr Weaver. Together they all save the day. The only problem is that Uncle Pete can’t remember where he left his plane…

This is Little Door Books’ first foray into the world of chapter books and they’ve certainly made a good start as far as I’m concerned. David C Flanagan and Will Hughes have written and drawn a funny and page-turning story and the book itself is an attractive thing to own – or borrow from a library if your local one has re-opened. But, at £6.99, it’s within the reach of many.

You can order the book here:

https://uk.bookshop.org/books/uncle-pete-and-the-boy-who-couldn-t-sleep/9781916205437

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