The Parent Agency

David Baddiel, illustrated by Jim Field

How did I miss this when it first came out? It’s hilarious!

Like so many children Barry Bennett wishes that his parents were different. He even has a list of things he would like them to be – richer, less strict, less tired, less boring – and he just hates being called Barry! So when he enters a world where the kids are in charge and parents can be chosen, Barry thinks that he has won the jackpot!

This story will have universal appeal. It’s very funny in a Roald Dahl type way and adult readers will appreciate the word play throughout. This 10th anniversary edition, with illustrations by Roald Dahl Funny Prize Winner Jim Field, has additional excerpts from the London musical of the same name which should be on stage next year.  I can’t wait to see it.

Published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2014 & 2024 (383 pages)

Reviewed by Rachel Bolton