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Circus of Thieves and the Raffle of Doom – William Sutcliffe & David Tazzyman

“It started with a rumble and a clatter and a faint trembling of the air. At first, only the animals noticed. 
Fluffypants McBain, the tabby cat from the post office, moved one ear towards the noise, thought for a second, and having established that the sound did not indicate the arrival of food, went back to sleep. Magnificat, the far-too-pleased-with-himself Bengal from the pub, who had stolen all of Fluffypants’ territory except for half a windowsill, turned his head towards the unusual noise and immediately calculated that it was being made by a large group of humans travelling in unusually shaped vehicles.”

Hannah’s summer holidays are the most boringest things ever, that is until one day when Shanks Impossible Circus rolls into town. She catches sight of the troupe early and manages to hitch a ride on the grumpy camel with Billy, the Circus master’s son. It is here when Hannah first gets the feeling that not everything is as it seems with the Circus, especially when Billy mentions they are constantly on the run. Things are going to be bad for Hannah’s town if the evil Armitage Shanks gets his way and its up to Hannah and Billy to stop him before its too late! 
What an awesome book! Seriously, Circus of Thieves and the Raffle of Doom is the funniest book I’ve read all year and will have your little ones in stitches as they catch sight of Hank and Frank the silly clowns and meet Fizzer, the best dog in the world.
The story is pretty basic, but I don’t expect anything particularly complex from a 7-9 kinda age book of this vein, its more for humour and entertainment than to make the reader think. It involves the circus and how they use their acts as a distraction to rob the town they are in, and how Hannah decides to sop them. There are a few unanswered questions at the end of all of it though and I really can’t wait to find out whats going on when the second book comes out. 
The characters and the way the book is written is what makes this book one of the best I’ve read for this age range. There are footnotes where the invisible narrator comes forward to share their insight into things and they are the funniest things. Instead of using numbers the author has used illustrations which link to what is being spoken about and the footnotes themselves are just plain silly, which makes them lots of fun to read. Then we have the characters, Fizzer has to be the best thing ever, he’s a dog who thinks himself a detective but who is easily distracted. Then there’s Hannah, who herself is the most inquisitive little girl I’ve ever met and who is really not afraid of anything. The circus troupe themselves were interesting and obviously Jesse, the Human Cannonball was my favourite as he was afraid of everything and that made for a great read! 
The illustrations were really great and I think David Tazzyman did a brilliant job capturing the characters, I loved the drawn versions of Maurice and Irrrrrena, as they really captured the pairs attitude towards everything. 
There is honestly nothing I can fault about this book, its hilariously funny, with a fun storyline, brilliant illustrations and fantastic characters. It caught my attention right at the beginning by capturing the differences between cats and dogs so brilliantly and I loved it right from there. I can’t wait for the second book, Circus of Thieves On the Rampage, and I will be getting my hands on that as soon as possible! 
Circus of Thieves and the Raffle of Doom was published on March 27th by Simon and Schuster. My copy was sent to me from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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