Review: Big Big Secrets by Robert Arley and Marisa Lewis

When Jake’s science experiment goes wrong he isn’t faced with a room full of bad-smelling chemicals and a D grade as most students would be – instead he discovers that he has shrunk his teacher to the size of a Barbie doll! His friend, Annie, gets roped in to help him take care of his newly miniaturised teacher, keeping it a secret and trying, desperately, to find a way to reverse the process…

Although this is Jake’s experiment, the story is told from Annie’s point of view. By virtue of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and donating her mum’s microwave oven to Jake for the purpose of his experiment, she finds herself tangled up in the whole sorry escapade. There’s a lot of fun, childish humour in the story, with Annie and Jake lying more and more in order to cover up what’s happened to their teacher. Annie has to find old doll’s clothes for him to wear, help him avoid detection by suspicious mothers and sniffing dogs, create him meals he can actually manage to eat, rescue him from a toddler who thinks he’s her new doll and so on and so forth.

Read the rest of my review for The Bookbag.


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