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Publisher Description

Written especially for WBD 2016, this is a fabulously entertaining and touching novella from David Baddiel, author of the bestselling THE PARENT AGENCY and THE PERSON CONTROLLER.

Illustrated by the hugely talented Jim Field, winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

Alfie has a routine. To be honest he has a lot of routines.

But then one day Alfie’s babysitter is unavailable, and Alfie’s parents get Mrs Stokes instead. Mrs Stokes doesn’t do routines. Instead, she just tells Alfie to do what he likes. And that’s when things start to go weird.

Does everything get hilariously out of control? Yes.

Does Alfie learns a valuable lesson? Nah. This isn’t that kind of story…


Praise for The Parent Agency:

“Funny, sometimes moving, always engaging” Guardian

“I love this book because it really made me laugh! The best book I’ve read since I was born!” Tom, 11, LoveReading4Kids

“Exciting and funny – I didn't want to put it down!” Daisy, 10, LoveReading4Kids

About the author

David Baddiel is an author and comedian. His children’s novels The Parent Agency, The Person Controller and AniMalcolm have been runaway bestsellers and The Parent Agency was the winner of the Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 9 to 13-year-olds at the inaugural Laugh Out Loud Awards. David’s children’s books have sold over 1 million copies.

February 25

Customer Reviews



I am one of your nine nearly ten readers I love all of your chapter books such as the parent agency and animalcolm they all changed my attitude towards things. I just wanted to say thank you.

Keep doing what your doing!👍🏻

Kaitlyn Vincent ,

The boy who could do what he liked

I am a HUGE fan of David Baddiel's books and this book was short but good. I have read other David Baddiel books including: The parent agency (is was amazing!), The person controller , which was by far the best, and now, The boy who could do what he liked- which was great. I would highly recommend this book to people who are interested in David Baddiel's books and other books like that. It is a very funny book, yet it has a lot of story twisters in it. The boy who could do what he liked is a great book and I'm sure you would enjoy it. :)

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