#Bookreview – Brody Cody and the stepmother from outer space by Toni Pike

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What Amazon says

Brody Cody is almost eight years old and definitely, absolutely, positively does NOT want a mother. His mother died when he was a baby but life with his dad is just perfect.

Brody is horrified when his father goes away to a publishing conference and returns with a wife, Pandora Smith, who is a children’s author. His life spirals out of control as he is forced to eat healthy food, do his homework and help with some chores.

Even worse, he and his friends suspect that his new stepmother might be an alien from outer space.

A hilarious adventure for children aged 6-9.

My review

This book is a hilarious and fun read for young readers aged 7 to 13 years old. It is quite reminiscent, with its quirky and slightly dark humour, of Roald Dahl’s books, in particular, it reminded me a bit of James and the Giant Peach where James’ parents are eaten by a rampaging rhinoceros.

Cody, the young hero if this book, is raised by his relaxed and nonchalant father after his mother is mowed down unexpectedly by a runaway bus. Cody is spared because he flies out of his pram and across into the hands of the police constable who catches him like a baseball.

Cody is a happy boy who lives with no rules and little parental intervention. His father works from home in the afternoons, and is not given to checking on Cody’s homework or making sure it is done. They have an interesting diet too that comprises of sweet and sickly cereal in the morning and some fabulously unhealthy father created meals in the evenings.

Cody is happy and doesn’t believe he needs a mother like other children have. He has freedom and he is happy living with his father.

One day, Cody’s father needs to go away to an out-of-town conference. Cody cannot go with him and is sent to his friend’s home for this period. Cody’s friend has a mother and she sets about trying to mend Cody’s lackadaisical ways. Just before Cody is due to go home, he gets a quick call from his father telling him he has met and married a woman he met at the conference.

Cody is horrified and returns home quite determined to reject this new mother, but things don’t go quite according to plan. Cody discovers things about his new mother than lead him to believe she is an alien.

This really is a rollicking good story and young children will love it.

Purchase Brody Cody and the stepmother from outer space by Toni Pike


74 thoughts on “#Bookreview – Brody Cody and the stepmother from outer space by Toni Pike

  1. Thank you so much, Robbie, for reading and reviewing Brody Cody and generously sharing it on your lovely website. What a superb review. Have a fantastic weekend and stay safe. Toni x

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      1. Thank you so much for your lovely comments, Jacqui – I certainly hope both kids and their parents will relate to it. I really had fun writing it. Have a very safe week. Toni x

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  2. Sometimes it’s hard for us to explain things to little kids, but when they read books about certain subject, they can somehow relate that and the light bulb turns on and they apply the message to their situations. We do need children’s books on many many subjects.

    I’m sure this is a great book for kids, Toni. Thank you for the review, Robbie. 🙂

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    1. My pleasure, Miriam. I viewed this book as an amusing insight into a child’s imagination as a result of his new circumstances. Remembering my own childhood, I can just imagine a group of kids conspiring together because they believe someone is a witch, alien or fairy.

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      1. I remember reading books reflecting children’s fantasies. It’s interesting to try to understand their thinking! When I read to Autumn, her questions about the stories helped me follow her thoughts.

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