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Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties

Authored by Humza Arshad and Henry White
Illustrated by Alexsei Bitskoff
Published by Puffin

A rip-roaring and exciting read, Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer
Aunties 
finds our hero tackling the mystery of vanishing teachers and an influx of very generous yet suspicious aunties.

Little Badman, also known as Humza, is a young rapper desperate to become famous, constantly in trouble at school.  However, the teachers in his primary school start dropping like flies and are swiftly replaced by local aunties.  They begin to take over the lessons, only interested in gradually feeding more and more delicious food to all of the pupils.  Wary, Little Badman, with the help of his two friends, Umer and Wendy, have to figure out what’s happening and save the day… whilst everyone else is losing their minds, and gaining pounds, around them.

This book is a hilarious and entertaining read.  The story is told through the eyes of Little Badman, who is a brilliant and engaging main character.  Throughout the book, illustrations help bring the story to life.  I loved the relationship between Humza and his wider family, alongside the dynamic interplay between his friends.  There were many times that I laughed out loud and had tears streaming down my face.  I was completely lost in this world, and the jeopardy only added to the adventure and humour.

As well as being engaging, this book offers a range of culturally diverse characters who could inspire young people that don’t always see themselves represented in children’s fiction.  It also promotes the values of tolerance, co-operation and courage by thrusting our heroes into a range of challenging situations.

This book would work as a class novel and it would be a great book to have on the classroom shelf.  Once the word gets out about how funny this story is, I imagine there will be real anticipation for the next book in series, whatever situation Humza Arshad and Henry White decide to put the rapping Little Badman in next time…