Kids Book Review: Frightful Families Collection by Sue Mongredien & Teresa Murfin


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The children in these stories all have one thing in common – parents who are completely and utterly embarrassing! Whether it’s Buzz whose parents travel to work by space shuttle, or Milo whose parents insist on acting the clown at home, these quirky, zany stories are sure to entertain newly-fluent readers.

Product Details

  • Product code: FRFM
  • ISBN: 9781408307069
  • Publisher: Hachette Childrens Books
  • Format: Collection
  • Dimensions: 19.7cm x 12.9cm
  • Pages: Varies

Todays review is on the ‘Frightful Families‘ series. The age group is 5+ but given I am a child at heart I thoroughly enjoy these books myself. We were actually introduced to this series of books by a girl I work with, she gathered some for my daughter and she was hooked!

Titles in this collection (8)

  • Football-Mad Dad
  • Millionaire Mayhem
  • Clown Calamity
  • Explorer Trauma
  • Headmaster Disaster
  • Chef Shocker
  • Astronerds
  • Popstar Panic

I love ‘Popstar Panic’ however ‘Her Ladyship’ has told me I have to tell you all that her favourate is ‘Millionaire Mayhem’.


These stories are all barmy and I mean barmy!! The parents are crackers and the kids are all easily embarrassed, so true to life – or in my house at least! I am the parent who stands outside her daughters classroom at end of school dancing about and waving in through the window at all the kids while blowing kisses or waving my arms like the embarrassing mother that I am. My mother did it to me so I am passing it along! This is why, I feel, these books speak to us so much as a family and especially to Alex as the child whose parents constantly are showing her up. Sure isn’t that why God gave us kids?!




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