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Funny Kid, Fabulous Series: Review Funny Kid Slapstick

July 9, 2019

Fans of Funny Kid will be overjoyed to hear there is a new instalment in the best-selling series this month – and as you would expect, Funny Kid Slapstick is epic!

The star of the series is Max, the boy who can be guaranteed to get his classmates laughing – even in the face of adversity and in Funny Kid Slapstick there are some pretty grim moments.

Max and his friends have been forced by their teacher Miss Sweet (the name is deceptive) to join a junior ice-hockey team and learn how to participate in a team sport. The only problem is that not many other kids are signing up and the ones that have come forward don’t know how to play hockey and even worse they don’t know how to skate either!

You might think that is the biggest obstacle between the junior team winning and losing but you haven’t yet met the Redhill Rhinos, a team of very angry teenagers who are going to be their first opponents. There’s also the return of Mr Armstrong as coach – sadly Mr Armstrong despises Max and has some serious anger issues.

Can Max and his team win the big game? More importantly, can they live to star in another instalment of the series or will the Redhill Rhinos crush them into an icy oblivion?

If you haven’t come across Max before then take a look at the other titles in the series here. We reviewed the last one here and spoke to author Matt Stanton about why he writes for kids here.

The Funny Kid books are filled with hilarious illustrations that make them very appealing to 8 + readers. The series was written to entice reluctant readers, so you can be sure that Funny Kid books won’t be left languishing on the bookshelf.

There are a lot of laughs to be had – a pet duck who is always getting Max into trouble and a devoted best friend Hugo, who brings Max’s hair-raising ideas to life. If your little reader likes Wimpy Kid or Tom Gates, then this is for them.

Matt Stanton also has a great website here and – wait for it- his own YouTube channel where you’ll often find him doing crazy things like catapulting his book across a field or being shot out of a canon. He also demonstrates how to draw Max and the other characters that appear in the series.

Purchase a copy of Funny Kid: Slapstick by Matt Stanton

Matt Stanton is a bestselling children’s author and illustrator, with more than half a million books sold. He is the co-creator of several bestselling picture books, including the mega-hits There Is a Monster Under My Bed Who Farts and This Is a Ball. He launched his much-anticipated middle-grade series, Funny Kid, around the world in 2017. The first book in the series, Funny Kid for President, debuted as the #1 Australian kids’ book, and Funny Kid is fast winning legions of fans around the world. He lives in Sydney with his wife, bestselling picture book creator Beck Stanton, and their three young children.

Other titles in the series include: Funny Kid for President, Funny Kid Stand Up, Funny Kid Prank Wars, Funny Kid Get Licked, Funny Kid Slapstick


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