After a full year of Barrington Stoke book reviews, I have not done any for months. What better way to get back on track with Sterling and the Canary by Andy Stanton author of my favourite Mr Gum Books.
It's all about Sterling Thaxton's attempts to get new girl Lizzie Harris to go out with him. A fairly standard sort of plot, but it's the language that makes the story fizz. Sterling "flopped around the house like a bored pancake", brilliant!
There are some great recurring jokes too. It starts raining every time Lizzie breaks Sterling's heart.
There is a super ending. With the the help of the Canary, Sterling realises what he actually wants has been right under his nose all along.
It feels like a modern take on a fable. I had to re-read it immediately, it's the sort of book you have to read twice!
It's a hard book to review, I had to go back and take out a lot of my 'ironic' exclamation marks! I really like the way Andy Stanton writes. As you read the words just flow, but you can tell it is very carefully crafted. I loved it.