Review: The Broken Leg of Doom

Book Title: The Broken Leg of Doom (available here)

Author: Pamela Butchart

Illustrator: Thomas Flintham

Publisher: Nosy Crow

Publication Date: January 2021

Most Suitable For: KS1 & Lower KS2

Reviewer: Claire Coates

There are few authors who can make my own children squeal with delight quite so readily as Pamela Butchart. When The Broken Leg of Doom dropped through my letter box, it was eagerly devoured by my 6 and 8 year olds. Their huge smiles, giggles and gasps as they read were probably the best recommendation you could get for a story! As a teacher, I really appreciate the accessibility of the books too and always get a positive response when I recommend them to even the most reluctant of readers.

This story follows a similar pattern to the rest of the series; this time the team think that Maisie’s broken leg is cursed! It’s silly, charming and the perfect antedote to the sombre news all around us. It’s lovely that the book is set in a hospital too; what better celebration of the work that the NHS perform, than to have a visit from Izzy and her gang of overdramatic mates, causing havoc and generally creating a heap of feel-good drama too!

Thomas Flintham’s illustrations are easily recognisable and perfectly capture the chaotic, wonderful humour of the series. A must-read with your KS1 classes!


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