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Belly Laughs All Around: Danny Best: Me First! by Jen Storer and Mitch Vane

February 7, 2018

danny-best-me-first-Danny Best: Me First! is the latest in Jen Storer’s brilliant series for younger fans of Wimpy Kid and Tom Gates, and with this third instalment she has proven herself to be a master of energetic and engaging fiction for readers aged 6-10. She is worthy of being counted amongst our children’s fiction luminaries such as Andy Griffiths, Aaron Blabey and Anh Do.

Full of Danny’s rather unique life advice, Danny Best: Me First! whether explaining in detail how best to annoy your older sister, or how to plan and execute an incredibly dangerous and brave hunting expedition, will be sure to induce belly laughs and giggles.

Readers will love becoming a part of Danny’s world, and will delight in joining friends Fab, Clancy, Sticks and Pugsly the Pug as they take on evil, dog-eating, mutant fish, try to win the class creative writing assignment and raise enough pocket money to buy the newest volume of the Guinness World Records.

Illustrated fiction is phenomenally popular these days, and in Danny Best, Mitch Vane has created a visual feast! The book is jam-packed with photocopied lists, sketches, sticky tape, school assignments and squashed bugs. Vane’s dynamic text design and the bold, watercolour drawings provide much for the eyes to take in – readers will find themselves pouring over each page with great enthusiasm.

Screen Shot 2018-02-07 at 16.58.44Jen Storer has wonderful insight into the language, behaviour and world of children. In Danny Best, she has wonderfully captured both the modern day high-energy life of small neighbourhoods, busy families and grand plans while also paying homage to the children’s classics of old and Danny and his friends will surely trigger fond memories of the Famous Five (if they were led by Dennis the Menace).

This new Australian release is sure to be an absolute hit in homes and libraries across the country – whether you’re trying to engage older, more reluctant readers, or provide something age-appropriate for younger adventurous ones, we are confident that Danny Best is the key!

JenStorer - cred Samara CliffordAbout the Author

Jen Storer has written many acclaimed books for children, including the best-selling Truly Tan series, illustrated by Claire Robertson. Jen is the author of the children’s fantasy novels, Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children, The Accidental Princess, illustrated by Lucia Masciullo and The Fourteenth Summer of Angus Jack, illustrated by Lucinda Gifford. Her Danny Best series, illustrated by Mitch Vane, now includes Danny Best: Me First, Danny Best: Full On and Danny Best: Never Wrong.

84a50ce0bb2911e49bbb85a80fc0778f_content_thumbnailAbout the Illustrator

Mitch Vane has had a long career as an illustrator and artist. Her distinctive loose energetic style can be seen in many of the children’s books she has illustrated including The Deep End ( Ursula Dubosarsky) and Bed Tails (Meredith Costain ). Mitch collaborated with  Danny Katz on the YABBA award-winning Little Lunch series which has now become a popular ABC3 Tv series.

You can see more of what Mitch is up to on her website at

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