The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson

This book review of The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson was written by Bertie Mellis as part of Stockton Children’s Book of the Year Book Review Competition.

The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates is a laugh-out-loud book skilfully written by Jenny Pearson.

This incredible book is about a comical and resourceful boy named Freddie. He departs on a long perplexing journey to Wales with his mates Ben and Charlie to find out the identity of his biological father. Along the way, he causes some miracles to happen or possibly some highly imaginative coincidences depending on your viewpoint!

The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates is a great book, because there are many chucklesome moments that are sure to make you howl with laughter! For example, Freddie unwillingly had to wear a spectacularly embarrassing Supergirl costume because his hapless friend Charlie burned all of their clothes. He believed he could dry them out in the oven!

Another reason this book appeals to me, is the use of bizarre random facts dotted about the story, some of which are a challenge to believe. It is baffling that a pig cannot see the stars, maybe they can somehow roll around and see them from a different angle!

Considering the book starts out from the heart-breaking circumstances of Freddie’s Grandma’s death and that he has struggled and felt anger over not knowing his biological father, there is incredible humour shown throughout the book. It turns an emotional situation into an adventure, something his Grandma would be very proud of.

This novel should be recommended for children and adults because it is a successful combination of imagination, facts, relationships and is both hysterical and heartfelt. It explores some very mature situations with excellent humour and kindness and leaves the reader wanting to know more. I hope Freddie Yates continues to have more life experiences and expeditions and I hope we all get to read about them in the future.

 

If you loved reading The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates, then try Jenny’s latest, The Incredible Record Smashers, available in library branches across Stockton and online via Libby.

 

Read all of the shortlist for Stockton Children’s Book of the Year 2021:

The Girl Who Stole and Elephant by Nizrana Farook

The Time of Green Magic by Hilary McKay

Nevertell by Katharine Orton

The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson

The Night’s Realm by Nick Ward

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