Following the huge success of Funny Kid For President in which we met the hilariously goofy Max whose shenanigans never failed to put a smile on our faces, Australian children’s author and illustrator, Max Stanton, is back with the hilarious sequel, Funny Kid: Stand Up. This time around Max is put to the ultimate test, performing in a talent show where he has no option but to be the funniest, wackiest, most hilarious kid he’s ever been.
Things don’t always go to plan for Max though, and this book is no different. In the line for Redhill’s Got Talent, his local talent show, he quickly checks out the competition, and it is no other than Tumbles the Clown. Tumbles swiftly becomes Max’s biggest threat in the show, pretty much ruining his first performance! Enraged and confused, he storms off, only to find out his arch-enemy, Abby Purcell, is in the show, too – as a magician! Could this day get any worse?
As it turns out, it could. Max’s grandpa has gone missing and Redhill nursing home is celebrating the absence of Grandpa Walburt, better known as ‘cranky pants.’ To find his grandpa, Max must enlist the help of his best friend Hugo, who, whilst being a good and generous friend, is constantly bringing Max back to reality. So, when Max begins to obsess over the talent show and forget about his missing grandpa, his friendship with Hugo saves him.
Funny Kid: Stand Up is packed full of jokes and yet still remains heartfelt, with an inspiring twist that somehow shines a little bit of love on every character, even those Max thought were his enemies. For kids aged 8+, this book stands a chance of being one of the most delightful they’ve read, with Stanton once again cleverly striking a balance between zany characters and important messages of friendship and courage. From kidnapped grandpas, to a giant police dog named Steve, Funny Kid is an ode to all things wacky and lovable.
About the Author:
Matt Stanton is a bestselling children’s author and illustrator with half a million books in print. He is the co-creator of nine 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, globally, in 2017. The first book in the series, Funny Kid for President, debuted as the #1 Australian kids’ book and is fast winning legions of fans around the world. He lives in Sydney with his wife, bestselling picture book creator Beck Stanton, and their two young children.