“Dad has to register Grams’s death and collect her death certificate. To be honest, I still don’t see the point in awarding a dead person a certificate. Especially when they didn’t even have to try very hard to get it. I asked Dad if he was going to put it on the wall with my gold swimming certificate.”
The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates is about a young boy struggling to deal with the death of his grandmother and discovering who his biological father is, setting out on an adventure to find him and getting into some hilarious scrapes along the way.
The lovely people at Usbourne sent me a review copy of this for Jenny’s Blog Tour in early May, but I didn’t get chance to read it at the time because of the apocalypse (related: I’ve just realised the last time I wrote a proper book review was in April), but I am disappointed I didn’t pick it up sooner because it is hilarious and I think it would have given me a much needed laugh.
I didn’t really know what to expect from this one, but it gave me all of the emotions and I read it in one sitting, in the garden, chuckling away to myself. Freddie losing his grandmother is desperately sad. There are times when I choked up a bit. In addition to the recent loss of his Grams, Freddie’s mum also died when he was small and he doesn’t remember her. The idea of having a book of Things That Would Have Made My Mum Proud broke my heart. Freddie’s grief is explored really well and in a way that’s very accessible for children. It’s sad, but there are much lighter moments with humour so it never gets too stifling.
I loved Freddie’s voice. He’s so funny, and most of the time has no idea that he is, which I think makes this really special. I loved his obsession with facts (and definitely learnt some things from reading – did you know it’s physically impossible for pigs to look up to see the sky? because I did not).
He has wonderful friends in Charlie and Ben, who join him on the adventure. The trio get into some truly magnificent and bonkers situations. The Onion Eating Competition was a particular highlight for me, but there are so many brilliant moments. I loved that they had disagreements but worked their way through them.
The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates explores the meaning of family, and shows that the best parents aren’t always biological and that found family is just as important.
This is a brilliant book and one that I will definitely read again with S.
Have you read this yet?