New Release Book Review: The Deadly 7 by Garth Jennings

Title: The Deadly 7
Author: Garth Jennings
Published: January 15th 2015
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Length: 256

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Blurb (via Goodreads):

Who needs friends when you’ve got MONSTERS?

Everything was happening so fast and it was all so . . . mad. It was as if someone had taken reality, made it into a jigsaw, thrown the jigsaw on to the floor and then said, “Now, hurry up and put it all together!” as they danced all over the jigsaw pieces in a clown suit, blowing a trumpet.

When Nelson’s beloved big sister goes missing on a school trip, Nelson is devastated – he’s not that good at making friends and his sister is the only person he can talk to. His parents join the search party and leave Nelson in the care of his mad uncle Pogo. Uncle Pogo is the caretaker of St Paul’s Cathedral and it is here that Nelson stumbles across a machine, invented by Christopher Wren and buried for hundreds of years. Designed to extract the 7 deadly sins, the machine had a fault – once extracted, the sins became living, breathing monsters who would then follow the sinner around for eternity (unless they ate him first, in the case of the particularly sinful). Nelson accidentally extracts 7 deadly monsters from his own little soul. Ugly, cantankerous, smelly and often the cause of much embarrassment, Nelson’s monsters are the last thing he needed in his life, but at least they’re fairly harmless (he’s a pretty good kid, on the whole). When he learns of their individual powers he realises the monsters can be put to good use, and together Nelson and the Deadly 7 set out on a quest across the globe to find and rescue his big sister. Somewhere along the way, Nelson realises that he finally has friends, even if they are smelly, lazy friends who like smashing stuff up.

My Thoughts

A charming tale about an unlikely group of heroes, strange creatures, and an epic journey to save a sister.

The Deadly 7 is a fun, wacky adventure story that is sure to grip kids tight and take them on a fantastic ride. The illustrations really bring the characters to life and make the story even more fun to read.

When Nelson accidentally creates seven creatures, they turn into unlikely friends as the group travels to save Nelson’s sister, who has gone missing from a school trip.

The story was fast-paced with plenty of action and crazy moments to keep you turning the page. Nelson is a great character, one that many young children can relate to, and his love for his sister shows a great bond between the two.

There were some unexpected twists near the end of the story that made me gasp in surprise, I really didn’t see certain things coming!

With a touch of magic, a colourful cast of characters, and an amazing adventure, The Deadly 7 is sure to capture the imagination of children. This book is one to look out for in the new year for young kids.


You can pre-order the book from Pan MacMillan here.

About the Author

Garth Jennings has directed many music videos and commercials with his production company Hammer and Tongs. His work includes videos for Blur, Radiohead, Fatboy Slim and Vampire Weekend. Garth directed the most recent adaptation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, starring Martin Freeman, wrote and directed indie movie Son of Rambow, starring Ed Westwick, and is currently directing a top-secret animated film with the producers of Despicable Me. With illustrations throughout by Garth, The Deadly 7 is his first fantastic foray in to children’s books.

You can find out more about Garth at the following links: Website | Twitter

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