Title: Dougal Daley – It’s Not My Fault
Author: Jackie Marchant
Illustrator: Loretta Schauer
Published: April 4th 2017
Publisher: Wacky Bee Books
Genre: Middle Grade, Humour
Length: 180 pages
Source: Paperback from the publisher
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
I, Dougal Daley, am dead! Ok I m not actually dead. But if I m not careful I soon will be.
In this first book, football-loving Dougal Daley finds himself at risk from the mysterious creature living in the garden shed. Nobody believes him but as a precaution, he sets upon writing his will – rewarding those who help him and disinheriting those who get on his bad side. Meanwhile, as limbs and windows alike are broken by rogue footballs and unhinged canines, Dougal finds himself in all sorts of trouble. . .and NONE of it is his fault!
I must admit that I am a huge fan of middle grade books – even though I’m well past the target age group! I love the combination of a good, funny story and beautiful illustrations. It’s something that you don’t get with books aimed for older readers and I love the whimsy that comes along with it all. So, it’s fair to say that I was pretty excited when this book dropped onto my doorstep!
Dougal Daley has the worst luck. Not only does he have a monster hidden in his shed that’s causing havoc for him and his street, but he’s being blamed for everything when it really isn’t his fault. When his new neighbours move in, Dougal thinks he’s made a new friend, but are they really all they seem?
I absolutely loved this book. It was hilarious. Dougal is such a character and you can’t help but feel for the poor kid when everything starts to go horribly wrong for him as he struggles to keep the monster in the shed a secret and juggle his friendships. With a family that always thinks the worst of him – even though a lot of the things are purely coincidental and an accident (he swears!) – it’s no wonder that Dougal tries to keep everything to himself while he does his best to make things right again.
Schauer’s illustrations were perfect for this book and I cannot wait to see what the rest of the series is going to be like. If this book is anything to go by, this will be a new favourite series of mine.
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