Curly gets in trouble enough already, but when the monster in the cupboard turns out to be a mischievous little creature called a Fent, Curly is about to find out where the trouble really starts! Adults can't see the Fent, so when the Fent tickles Curly in the car until he shrieks, and farts in the classroom, and eats Curly's dad's new invention, there's no one to blame but Curly. So unfair! But there's worse to come. Curly lives next door to the school bully and Billy can see the Fent too. Billy wants the Fent for himself. Can Curly save the Fent from Billy and get him home to his family?
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(199mm x 127mm x 10mm)
Random House Australia
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Book Review: Curly and the Fent by Sally Morgan - Reviewed by Boomert (14 Jan 2010)
What’s a Fent, you may ask? When one appears in eight-year-old Curly’s bedroom, he isn’t sure either. The feathery little monster is invisible to adults and has a mischievous streak, so friendship between the two inevitably leads to mayhem. Curly’s main problem-apart from being blamed by his mum for the Fent’s antics-is keeping him away from the family next door. This comprises the school bully, a killer dog, and a dad who has invented a gun that turns Fents visible (he’s out to prove to the adult world that what he himself saw as a child really does exist). The pair do get caught by the neighbours but are saved by the Fent’s magic and Curly’s loving family in a wish-fulfilment, happy-ever-after ending. This story is too predictable and full of holes to satisfy any adult reader. But there are quirky and humorous elements such as Curly’s dad’s crazy inventions and a funny fart gag scene that kids will enjoy. Curly’s biracial parentage is a nice touch. With accessible type size and cartoon-style illustrations, this tale will work best for newish readers of chapter books, for whom clichés haven’t yet had time to become clichés. Ages seven-plus.
Author Biography - Sally Morgan
ABOUT THE AUTHORS Sally Morgan is recognised as one of Australia's best known Aboriginal artists and writers. Her first book, My Place, has sold over half a million copies in Australia. Sally's children's picture story books include Little Piggies and Hurry Up Oscar. Recently she completed a series of three children's books illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft- Just a Little Brown Dog, Dan's Grampa and In Your Dreams. Sally is a Professor at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at the University of Western Australia and lives in Perth with her three children. Curly and the Fent was written by Sally and her children Ambelin, Blaze and Ezekiel. Ambelin Kwaymullina was born in 1975 in Perth. She is a Lecturer in the Law School at the University of Western Australia. When she is not teaching and writing she enjoys making jewellery, reading and taking her two dogs Tinsel and Sparky for long, interesting walks. Blaze Kwaymullina was born in 1978 in Perth. He is a Lecturer in the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia. Blaze is interested in reading, rock climbin