By Author / Illustrator
Siri Kolu, Ruth Urbom
Little Tiger Press Group
Paperback / softback
A madcap adventure starring a bandit family, a LOT of sweets and a girl who is ready for anything...
Maisie is convinced her summer holiday is going to be as boring as ever - until she's snatched by the Robbersons, a bunch of bandits with an insatiable appetite for sweets! Soon Maisie realizes that life on the open road with the Robbersons is just the adventure she has always longed for. They've even started to see her as one of the gang! So when she discovers that the police and her parents are hot on their trail, Maisie decides she isn't quite ready to be rescued...
A fresh and fun story about what it really means to escape, ME AND THE ROBBERSONS is perfect for fans of Roald Dahl, Danny Wallace's HAMISH series and THE SUPER MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF FREDDIE YATES.
Me and the Robbersons is a quirky, unique, witty and fun adventure full of odd, crazy and heartwarmingly hilarious events. Bored Maisie is not looking forward to the summer holidays with her boring, disinterested parents and utterly annoying sister, Primrose AT ALL…Until a family bunch of sweet-stealing bandits hijack Maisie's family car and steal Maisie alongside the pick and mix and packed lunches.
Ready to be scared for her life, Maisie quickly realizes that being hijacked by the Robberson family could actually be the best, most exciting summer holidays of her life! The rule-breaking Robberson family are joyfully chaotic and totally endearing. Every character is individually hilarious and engaging. There is the chunky chief of the gang, Wild Karl, with his bad back and cardigan of a "captain’s coat". My personal favourite was smart talking and quick 12-year-old Hellie (handy with a bit of dangerous knife throwing but also with a love of stealing Barbie dolls).
This bandit family are not into money or big rewards but have sweet-toothed and smaller ambitions. They are more like magpies than fierce hijackers. Some tasty pick and mix, a few packed lunches, a new jacket, glittery nail varnish … It's the little things in life and hijacked cars that this eclectic gang are after.
Maisie is entranced and captivated and quickly figures out that this is the fantastic adventure she has been craving. Not at all keen at being dumped by the Robbersons or rescued by her family, Maisie makes herself at home and part of the gang - learning the tricks of the hijacking trade and the bandit code of conduct. A summer road trip is just the thing before school begins again and Maisie is going to make the most of it.
The story is so warm hearted and such escapist fun to read. The reader quite happily accepts the quirks and eccentricities of the Robbersons and goes along with the ride!
224 pages / Ages 8+ / Reviewed by Jennifer Caddick, teacher
Suggested Reading Age 7+