‘The Grunts in trouble’ by Philip Ardagh and ‘Dragons and Castles’ by Terry Prachett

‘The Grunts in trouble’ by Philip Ardagh jumped out to me on the library bookshelf as I have seen a few children reading it and it seemed to have a ‘Mr Gum’ vibe going on. I quite liked the Mr Gum series because as they were silly, funny and had quirky illustrations. The Grunts books have a similar presentation style and the illustrator is Axel Schleffer (the man who does the illustrations for Julia Donaldson who famously wrote The Gruffalo, Room on a Broom etc.)
It was a funny story, I did have a bit of a giggle. Definitely have a go if you like Mr Gum/David Walliams as it is similar in style. It’s great as well if you’re not too keen on books which have lots of text on a page, for me I whipped through it pretty quickly.

Check out the video below to hear the author read a bit of this story – hopefully it will make you want to read on!  It’s also worth a watch just to check out his amazing beard!

Check out this review below if you want to know a bit more about the storyline:


I’ve never read any Terry Prachett books *gasp* so I though I would give his book ‘Dungeons and Castles’ a book of short stories to whirl. It was quite nice reading short stories as I can sometimes lose track of storylines when I read before I go to sleep, as I often fall asleep with a book in my hands. These weird and wonderful stories range from funny adaptations of legends such as King Arthur to miniature people who live in a carpet – almost Borrowers style. They were good fun; I liked Prachett’s use of play on words. I think I need to read more of Prachett’s stuff to get a feel for him as an author. In his life, he wrote many books that people loved and followed.

The bearded book writers!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Ella, Year 6 says:

    I do remember when I was little I read ‘the grunts in trouble’ in a shorter version and since I’m older now I might read it again – It sounds really good! I’m going to the library tomorrow, so, I might have a look around for that.


  2. Ella, Year 6 says:

    Ooh, just remembered, you asked me to remind you about coats…


  3. Ella, year 6 says:

    I watched the video and WOAH he has got a very fuzzy beared… and I thought my grandad had a fuzzy beared…

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