Thunder Down Under by Timothy Knapman – Book Review

Thunder Down Under by Timothy Knapman – Book Review

Thunder Down Under by Timothy Knapman

Thunder Down Under

Author – Timothy Knapman
Illustrator – Steve James
Publisher – Little Tiger Press
Pages – 32
Released – 13th May 2021
ISBN-13 – 978-1788818728
Format – paperback
Rating – 5 Stars
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Crikey! Someone just farted! It’s HUGE. It’s smelly. But who did it? Not Wombat, Emu or Kangaroo. Tiny Numbat knows, but NOBODY is listening!

Review by Stacey

Down in Australia the animals all rushed out to play in the summer sun, but not long into their playtime a nasty, horrible, disgusting smell surrounded them and turned the air sour. One of them had had a bottom burp and they each accused one another of being the stinker, but who could it be?

From reading the very short blurb for this book I knew it was going to be funny, I mean what child doesn’t find someone making a smell funny, add into the mix a load of random animals all accusing each other of being the culprit and you have a very humorous book.

I can see some of the parents out there getting a little hot under the collar about the word ‘fart’ being used, as I know many don’t allow their children to use that word, and when my children were little I didn’t either. If I’m honest my kids are 15, 18, and 24 and I still tell them to use a different word because I hate it. However, the book still made me laugh. If your children are too young to read then you could change the word for something you don’t mind.

Thunder Down Under is illustrated with full-page, colourful, bright images. The text changes throughout in size, boldness, how it is written, but this brings the story alive. I love the ending and the little nugget of wisdom that is shared.

Depending on how you feel about farts in books you will either love it or hate it. I can see children loving it and giggling the whole way through.

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Author Info

Timothy Knapman thunder down under

Tim Knapman writes plays, musicals, songs and children’s books and has been published by Simon & Schuster, Puffin, Macmillan, Scholastic, Hachette, Egmont UK and many more. His previous books include the bestselling Dinosaurs in the Supermarket, Dinosaurs Don’t Have Bedtimes and Superhero Dad.

His books have been translated into 20 languages and several have been read on CBeebies bedtime stories. Tim has done more than 100 events and readings in schools, colleges, bookshops, fairs, libraries and festivals.

He lives in Sussex and his hobbies include swashbuckling

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2 Responses

  1. Alison Cox says:

    This made me giggle too. I have preordered a copy for my grandson.

  2. Thanks Alison, glad you like the look of Thunder Down Under, I hope your Grandson finds it amusing.