Chloe Deal is observant. Every day she notices small details – like how Front Door always refuses to open when it’s raining; how whatever task he sets out to do, Daddy usually ends up snoozing to the radio in his shed; how her younger sister Daisy muddles her similes but never her fashion sense, and how Mummy’s nostrils flare when Dad forgets to mow the lawn, again.
So when Chloe starts a school project about her house, she ends up cataloguing the chaotic balancing act of her family along with it. In the run up to the school holidays (and Chloe’s birthday), disaster follows disaster at home and school. Mummy’s patience is beginning to unravel. Can Chloe get the house, her siblings and her father in shape before it’s too late
I have to say before anything else that this book has made me belly laugh more than any other book I have read this year. T. S Easton had a wickedly delicious sense of humour and any child (or any adult!!!) will be giggling away to themselves throughout this book. And there’s no more wonderful sound than a child’s laughter!
This is a brilliant tale of a modern family who have a rather manic family lifestyle living in an old house they have recently had to move to. And I just loved the Deal family, every single one of them! My older kids would have loved this book when they were younger as this family is as mad and chaotic as ours is! I totally empathised with mum Polly and adored Chloe and the way she brought together the rooms in her house for a school project. There were so many true to life observations here that I lost track of them. As a parent, I found it a perfect study of how families interact not only within the family unit but with neighbours, friends and others too. All the characters were true to life with their teenage hormones or their naughty antics and a special mention must go to SHOUTY DAD WHO I THINK LIVES ON MY ESTATE SOMEWHERE!
Children aged 9-99 will adore this book! Now that I have read and approved this is now being passed into the hands of a desperate to read 10 year old! I can’t recommend it highly enough! And I’m now off to read Our House 2-Time to Shine to catch up on the Deal family antics.
I received my copy of this book from Piccadilly Press in return for my unbiased review.
Our House is available in paperback and in e-book from Amazon UK
Our House 2-Time to Shine
Can Chloe Deal dazzle on stage, with some help from the builders at home?
Dad’s weird and wonderful extended family are coming to stay at Christmas, and in preparation the Deal house is finally going to be redecorated! Dad’s taken a job in Germany to pay for it, but as the builders start work they uncover more serious problems with the house.. Will Dad ever be able to move back home? Chloe has landed a starring role in her school play, but Imogen is the lead, and being as insufferable as ever. She even has a stage-kiss with Thomas! Can Mum and the kids pull off two school plays, a house refurbishment and a supersize Deal family Christmas?
Another warm, funny family story from OUR HOUSE.
I’m so glad to say that T.S Easton has done it again! I chuckled to myself all the way through this latest instalment of the Deal family’s chaotic misadventures through family life. Honestly, where were these books when I was growing up? They are told with a warm hearted wit, not afraid to take on all those modern problems that children of this age face. I just adore this fictional family especially as they make my family seem relatively normal by comparison!
Chloe is once again at the heart of our story. She has a part in the school production of Aladdin but her arch rival Imogen is also in it and she seems to have changed her attitude to Chloe as they enter Year 6. Could she actually have mellowed over the school holidays (she’s certainly brown after her Caribbean break!)and want to be friends with Chloe? And thankfully, William D is now eating his school dinners but the notes home are more hilarious than ever….and so realistic! Again I think there is as much humour in this for adults as the 9+ age group that it’s aiming for.
I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this for children in Years 5 and 6 and I’m donating both this copy and my copy of My House to my local primary school for their lunchtime reading corner where I think there may just be quite a waiting list for them.
Once again thanks to Piccadilly Press for my review copy of this book in return for an unbiased review.
Our House 2: Time to Shine is available to buy here at Amazon UK.
About the author…
T. S. Easton has written fiction for all ages and has published more than thirty books. He has written under a number of different pseudonyms in a variety of genres. Subjects include vampires, pirates, pandemics and teenage agony aunts (not all in the same book). He lives in Surrey with his wife and three children and in his spare time works as a Production Manager for Hachette Children’s Books. HIs latest book is Our House 2-Time to Shine published by Piccadilly Press. You can find out more about him at http://www.tomeaston.co.uk or on Twitter: @TomEaston