Cal and his parents have just moved house. And when Cal hears strange noises coming from next door's garden he is curious to find out what it all means. With his side-kick Frankie - a hypochondriac, grumpy canine - Cal ventures over to the other side of the wall where he discovers that his neighbour, Mr Frout, has been experimenting with the most extraordinary of inventions. And, although Mr Frout is a keen despiser of young children, soon he will have no choice but to trust Cal's helping hand as disaster and chaos strike and anti-gravity takes over. A laugh-out-loud, brilliantly fast-paced and gripping story about the joys and pitfalls of science, with an underlying message that sometimes things are best left just as nature intended!
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Richard Hamilton is the author of a number of picture books as well as writing young fiction for children. He lives in London (N19) with his wife and two daughters. Sam Hearn received a BA Hons in illustration from Kingston University. He divides his time between working as a bookseller at the Lion and Unicorn in Richmond (TW9) and illustrating children's books. This is Sam's second book for Bloomsbury.From AudioFile:
Strange happenings in his neighbor's yard entice Cal onto his shed roof for observation but not before he finds the unusual in his own world. Not the least of this is a growlly stomached dog that, to Cal's ears only, speaks. The inseparable Cal and Frankie befriend the eccentric inventor next door and soon find themselves whisked into an experiment gone awry. Russell Boulter narrates with gusto, bringing each scene to life. The excitement of experiencing weightlessness is followed by the realization of its potential ramifications. Boulter's characters are distinct; he is gravelly voiced as the ever-babbling Frankie, boisterous as Mr. Frout, and pontificating as Cal's parents. A.R. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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