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3.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 5 3.75 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Narrator: Jason Hughes Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2006 ISBN: 9780061229343
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A few things to know about Dylan

He is the only boy in his entire town—so forget about playing games of football.

His best friends are two pet chickens, Michaelangelo and Donatello—named after (who else?) the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

His family owns the town's only gas station/copy shop/coffee house—their Picasso Pies are to die for, but profits are still in the hole.

Criminal instincts run in his family—his sister is a mastermind-in-training, and the tax men are after his newly-absent father for "questioning."

And, one more small thing about nine-year-old Dylan—he's now the man of the house.

Then an enormous secret rolls into town—one that could bring back Dylan's father, rescue the family business, and involve Dylan in what very well could be the crime of the century. With the same easy mix of wit, warmth, and wonder that made his debut novel Millions an award-winning international bestseller, Frank Cottrell Boyce tells the story of a boy who reminds an entire town of the power of art.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The quirky Hugheses may be the most winning family of wacky Brits to cross the Atlantic since Hilary McKay’s Cassons. Even the minor characters here, such as bossy schoolteacher Ms. Stannard and the dour town butcher, are deftly drawn. This sophomore effort from the author of the witty and wonderful Millions is equally charming and hilarious.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Hughes breezily reads this quirky novel in a thick, charming Welsh accent…Fans of Boyce’s Millions will especially enjoy the romp.” 

    Booklist

  • “Jason Hughes takes on the characters and situations, deftly creating personalities and narrative drive. One marvels at the craftiness of sister Minnie, the wisdom of the lone schoolteacher, the optimism and determinism of narrator Dylan, and the humorous confusion over famous artists, Turtles, and free-range chickens. Appreciation for the power of fine art shines through all.” 

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  • “Boyce’s signature daffiness plays hilarity and pathos off each other with not one wrong note.” 

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Whitbread Award (shortlisted)
  • Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize (longlisted)
  • Carnegie Medal for Literature (shortlisted)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sydney | 5/22/2011

    " I loved the twist in the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 4/14/2011

    " Very good book. Very similar to "The Englishman who went up a Hill and came down a Mountain". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shauna | 3/27/2011

    " Was kinda boring not much happening in the hole story. the end was nice though but overall pretty boring read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Davy | 1/26/2011

    " I think this book is extremely funny and interesting because it has many silly words that made me laugh. haha

    and i like the first chapter, the author describe the book in a very funny way "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael | 12/18/2010

    " it's rubbish i have to read it for school :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 12/4/2010

    " What a refreshing and enjoyable book! Younger American readers will have to be patient with the dialect differences (although they add some interest to the characters and reinforce the setting), but I would recommend this to anyone looking for something light yet poignant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 11/30/2010

    " It took quite a while to get to the crime bit of the story, but I enjoyed all of the characters and situations. In fact, I would have been fine without the crime thrown in! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Myonly | 11/22/2010

    " Listened to the audiobook and LOVED it! Great story and the reader does distinct voices for all of the many quirky characters. "

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About the Author
Author Frank Cottrell BoyceFrank Cottrell Boyce has written several children's books, including Millions, winner of the Carnegie Medal, and Cosmic, both of which have been turned into films. He lives in England with his family.