As with all of Jack Sheffield's previous books, there are great conversations between children and their parents, friends and teachers. The scene at the wildlife park and the five legged Zebra is hilarious and many other scenes are just as good and will have the readers laughing at loud throughout the book.
The series follow the life of Jack Sheffield, the head teacher of Ragley on the Forest's primary school and in previous books we have seen him take over the headship of a new school, meet and 'court' Beth and marry him and it was great to follow his life again in this book.
There are so many characters to like in these books. There are the teachers in the small village school, along with lots of characters from the village - the landlord of the pub, the vicar and the village shop keeper but there are also all the children in the school and I think these are the characters I like most. There is lots of dialogue in the book and the best is that of the children, it is written as spoken and you can often hear them saying it while you read it and there are some great bits which will have you laughing.
The book is based in 1982 and so it is great to read about some of the historical events which occurred then too - for many readers I am sure that it will be a trip down memory lane.
I really enjoyed this book and I am already looking forward to reading what happens next to Mr Sheffield and the villagers in Radley.
Thank you to the publishers, Bantam Press for sending me the book to review.