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. Volume XXI Number 41. . . .June 26, 2015
In this humourous tale, a young boy and his best friend save their island and its lost treasure from evil villain pirates. The story, itself, takes a backseat to gross references of snot, burps and other bodily functions that dominate throughout. While The Ghastly McNastys: The Lost Treasure of Little Snoring is not an example of groundbreaking children's literature, it is an example of an amusing adventure that will make young readers giggle and will appeal to their love of low brow humour.
The protagonist's family has financial problems due to his father’s losing his job running the island's lighthouse. The rest of Tat’s family leaves the island for a couple of days to sell the mother's wedding ring for money, leaving Tat alone to battle the despicable twin pirates, the McNastys. The ensuing adventure is predictable but capitalizes on every possible toilet joke that could appeal to someone under the age of 10. The fallout from the McNastys’ invasion alerts the island to the importance of the lighthouse, and Tat's father soon finds himself back at work. Despite the tidy ending, there are hints at a sequel.
Recommended with Reservations.
Sophia Hunter is a teacher-librarian at Crofton House Junior School in Vancouver, BC.
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