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King Bones

Chris Hallatt Wells, illustrated by Steph von Reiswitz


9 November 2017









A comic fantasy — with skeletons — set in modern day England.

‘Being good at being bad is easy. Almost anyone can do it. But being truly evil requires practice. Lots of practice.’

When Danny’s parents are imprisoned for stealing the Crown jewels, he is sent to live with his evil Aunty Ratbag in the grim town of Greezy. How will Danny survive as the most hated child in England?

Then, in the murky town of Greezy, he meets King Bones. And King Bones has a mission for Danny…

For children age eight and up.

A rollicking, hilarious, page-turning romp. Chris understands what keeps children gripped and writes with wit, originality, energy and fun.  Beautifully, irreverently written  with energy, fun and style. The characters burst from the page, the gleeful prose glitters, the plot never lets up pace.

– Helen Fielding alias Bridget Jones

King Bones is a story packed with humour and invention that spreads through its pages like wildfire. A rattling good read, certain to ignite any reader’s imagination. Brilliantly bonkers.

– Gareth P. Jones, The Thornthwaite Inheritance and the Considine Curse

Lots of hilarious lines in this quirky and highly amusing adventure. Chris Hallatt Wells plays beautifully with language, while also challenging stereotypes. Behind the humour, this novel also explores child abuse and cruelty, criminalisation of the poor and social inequality. A fantastic and thought provoking read, for ages 8-10 and 10-12.

– INIS Children’s Books Ireland

Quirky, fun ingenious and infused with humour. The plot is fast-paced, incredible and hard to predict. The black and white illustrations are entertaining, witty and help to move the story on. I look forward to reading more books by this very talented author.

– The School Librarian

The characters burst from the page with gleeful prose. the plot never lets up and marches the reader down a fantasy path that will have you leaping for cover. I LOVED THIS BOOK.

– Mr Ripley’s Enchanting Books

Bizarre, funny, heartwarming, original. Definitely good for seven years plus.

– Read it Daddy

This book is jam packed full of adventure and mystery. It’s brilliant! You never quite know what to expect next as you turn the page.

– Liam Clifton (age 10)

Danny Bouygues travels through places you can’t imagine because they’re so diabolically abysmal. Although this may seem like a miserable story, never fear for this book is not all snivel! It has such a gripping storyline I could hardly put it down. This book is exceedingly outstanding and hilarious.

– Pranaav Vijayan (age 10)

Brilliant description, especially of the skeleton army. My favourite character is King Bones because he is funny and a caring soul. Well, if skeletons have souls. I think Chris Hallatt Wells will have to write a second story because of the wonderful mysterious ending.

– James McConnel (age 10)

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