The best word to describe this book is Slimetastic! Having a friend that can shapeshift into anything and take revenge on all your enemies is a good thing in my book – and I definitely think this is a good book.
Ned, an eleven-year-old boy is unable to walk so uses a wheelchair to move around. He lives with his parents and his older sister, Jemima, on the small remote island of Mulch. Without giving too much away, Jemima plans to put loads of disgusting ingredients (sorry, it needs to be in bold capitals DISGUSTING INGREDIENTS) into Ned’s bath water. Fortunately, Ned thwarts Jemima’s nasty trick by putting all the ingredients in the bath for her instead and of course, all the disgusting ingredients merge together to create Slime.
Normally, slime is a sticky-icky gloop, but in this story, he becomes an hilarious talking, flying, shapeshifting character – Slime! What is so clever about Slime is the way that every shape he changes into accommodates Ned as he doesn’t have his wheelchair available.
I believe this book was written specifically because of a boy in a wheelchair who suggested to David that he should incorporate someone in a wheelchair into his stories and he has done so admirably. Ned is a strong, independent boy and with the assistance of Slime is able to defeat all the interesting characters who make the children on Mulch so miserable.
The drawings by Tony Ross, alongside the emphasised words and made up words that David insists are incorporated into a fictional Walliamsictionary bring life and humour to this incredible story of imagination, courage and determination and I give it a well-deserved five stars.