Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Worst Class in the World by Joanna Nadin & Rikin Parekh

The Worst Class in the World written by Joanna Nadin and illustrated by Rikin Parekh is a laugh out loud collection of crazy school adventures. According to their headteacher, Mrs Bottomley-Blunt, Class 4B is LITERALLY the worst class in not just the school, but in the entire world. They spend most of their time coming up with madcap schemes and breaking every rule in the book. Despite never being as good as 4A, the class wouldn’t have it any other way. They thoroughly enjoy every silly escapade and work their socks off trying to come up with the next FOOL PROOF PLAN.

The introduction and two stand alone stories that make up this entertaining book are full of all the things Year 4 children find impressive: food, burps, sick, unusual objects, challenges, keeping secrets from the teachers and being the best at everything. The result is a fast-paced, enjoyable read overflowing with giggles and thoughts of which real life children these loveable characters remind us.  Mrs Bottomley-Blunt’s list of rules is fantastic! As a teacher, I can just imagine the conversations with children that caused each new rule to come into being. When children have an excuse for everything, teachers have to make sure all bases are covered!

The Worst Class in the World reminds me of the Miss Nelson books from my childhood (Harry Allard and James Marshall). The kids in Room 207 are so awful that when their teacher is poorly, they have the sternest, strictest supply teacher ever! Miss Viola Swamp comes to teach them a lesson and they soon realise how much they miss the lovely Miss Nelson. There’s a real joy in being naughty and seeing just how much you can get away with!

Thank you to NetGalley and Bloomsbury Children’s Books for this fun book. My 10 year-old twins really enjoyed it too and can’t wait for the next one!

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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