Book Review – The Unforgettable What’s His Name, by Paul Jennings

unforgettable-whats-his-nameThis book is BRILLIANT! Paul Jennings has written another fast paced and funny chapter book that will appeal to boys and girls in Years 2-6.

At school, “What’s His Name” is used to being alone and prefers not be seen. However, one day when feeling scared, he discovers that he really can blend into his surroundings in way he had never imagined.

We follow along on the journey as he attempts to evade a group of bikies, return escaped monkeys to the zoo, and eventually learn to control and use his extraordinary ability. The book gains momentum as the story develops and has a very satisfying ending.

Full page colour illustrations interspersed throughout the book add a visual dimension for readers who are challenged to try to find What’s His Name.

This book depicts anxiety in an original way and we learn how What’s His Name learns to cope in situations where he feels afraid. You’ll need to read the book yourself to discover What’s His Name’s real name!

This would be a great book to read with your child to discuss the topic and search the illustrations together.

The Unforgettable What’s His Name is available in the school library, public libraries and bookshops.

by Catherine Whittaker

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