Competition: The Parent Agency


Barry Bennett hates being called Barry. In fact it’s number 2 on the list of things he blames his parents for, along with 1) ‘being boring’ and 3) ‘always being tired’.

But there is a world, not far from this one, where parents don’t have children. That’s far too random for something so big and important. In this world, children are allowed to choose their parents. children. That’s far too random for something so big and important. In this world, children are allowed to choose their parents.

The Parent Agency is the work of author David Baddiel. Like many 9 year olds the main character Barry Bennett longs to change his dull parents for another set. One day his wish comes true and he suddenly finds his self in a world where he is able to choose his own parents. Throughout the book, Barry tried out several would be parents each with their own rather funny flaws. Hr had many adventures along the way
He eventually decides that there is no place like home and returns back to his own parents and his much hated younger twin sisters.

This character sounds a little like a little boy whom I know very very well. A boy who hates one of his sisters and thinks his mummy is boring and does not let him do anything. It’s not surprising therefore that Ryan also loves this book. I’m sure many 9 year olds will also relate to the character in many ways.

The Parent Agency is produced by Harper Collins and aimed at anyone aged 9 and over. It went on general sales on October 9th and is available to buy on AMAZON as well as most book stores.

I have one copy of The Parent Agency to give away. To be in with a chance of winning, please enter via.

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  1. October 13, 2014 / 13:54

    I remember wishing for a kitten and I received one for my 10th birthday! Then a week later we got another so she had a friend! I loved them to bits!

  2. October 13, 2014 / 14:22

    I remember wishing I had a pony that would live in my bedroom with me!!

  3. Samantha R
    October 13, 2014 / 14:24

    I really remember very little from my childhood, I think I have blocked a lot of it out over the years. Sounds like a great book

  4. Karen Louise wright
    October 13, 2014 / 16:31

    I always wanted a Mr frosty & never got one, my brother brought me one for my 30th birthday 🙂

  5. laura stewart
    October 13, 2014 / 17:57

    i wished i was rich and famous 🙂

  6. October 13, 2014 / 20:30

    I remember wishing that I could play the voilin!

  7. Sandra Lane
    October 13, 2014 / 21:13

    We lived in a flat and so my parents would not let us have a dog but I wished so much for one.

  8. Corinne Peat
    October 14, 2014 / 12:46

    I wished for a dog but never got one.

  9. clair downham
    October 14, 2014 / 16:19

    a sindy wall of sound

  10. October 14, 2014 / 16:24

    A really heavy wooden desk with secret compartments!

  11. Linda F McGarrigle
    October 15, 2014 / 14:25

    Roller Boots i never did get them i got those cheap plastic skates instead gutted lol

    October 15, 2014 / 18:01

    Wished for a posh camera because I wanted to be a photographer

  13. maria molly taylor
    October 16, 2014 / 18:57

    My mum got our xmas presents from the catalogue and I chose Daisy the Cow which was a stuffed fur cow with long dangly legs, unfortunately my mum got the presents mixed up and gave Daisy to my sister for xmas and she refused to swap presents grrrrr 🙁

  14. Lynn heath
    October 19, 2014 / 19:19

    I really really wanted some roller boots – I think I was about 9 at the time!!!!

  15. October 21, 2014 / 14:51

    I wanted a Doll’s House ,
    but we were poor
    now I don’t want one anymore!!

  16. Becca Staples
    October 23, 2014 / 14:36

    Mr Frosty – and i didn’t get one 🙁

  17. Karl Borowy
    October 23, 2014 / 23:30

    good read

  18. Tammy Tudor
    October 30, 2014 / 11:43

    I wished for a bike 🙂

  19. leigh boyle
    November 2, 2014 / 11:54

    i cant remember probs barbies or dolls lol x

  20. Zowee Moore
    November 4, 2014 / 11:57

    A pony – im still wishing!!!!

  21. Pam Francis Gregory
    November 4, 2014 / 13:30

    I bike – We couldn’t afford one!

  22. Paula Harvey
    November 8, 2014 / 11:25

    A rabbit! I did eventually get one too! 😀

  23. November 8, 2014 / 12:04

    9 years old….. can’t remember that far back!
    I know I did want a sister, and I got one 3mths before my 10th birthday!

  24. Aimee Swift
    November 8, 2014 / 15:42

    I remember wishing for a mr frosty slushy maker Xxx

  25. November 8, 2014 / 17:16

    a two wheeler bike, i was never allowed one because of the traffic

  26. Christopher Read
    November 8, 2014 / 23:23

    A television in my room

  27. Diane Wood
    November 9, 2014 / 08:51

    I remember wanting a sister as I had two older brothers and sometimes felt left out and wanted someone to do girly things with. My best friend lives two doors down though so wasn’t that bad and I probably got more being the only girl and the youngest!

  28. Tobys proud mummy
    November 9, 2014 / 14:51

    I always wished for a lovely Sindy House

  29. susan gough
    November 9, 2014 / 17:06

    A grey horse, so I was given one that was made of metal and moved by my feet pushing up and down in the stirrups. Probably a collectors item now!

  30. olivia280177
    November 9, 2014 / 18:20

    To be living in our old house, we moved about that time.

  31. ashleigh
    November 9, 2014 / 20:19

    to get my ears pierced!

  32. Katie Robertson
    November 9, 2014 / 21:48

    I remember wishing I could be a Nurse one day.

  33. November 10, 2014 / 09:52

    i wished for a pair of in line skates

  34. Karen Richards
    November 10, 2014 / 11:54

    A bike as the chain kept coming off mine as it was too small for me. Never thought I would actually get one as I had been nagging for so long.

  35. Chris Fletcher
    November 10, 2014 / 14:04

    I remember wishing for a bike! it was amazing when I got my new bmx

  36. Christine Lockley
    November 10, 2014 / 17:20

    Seems a long time ago, lol, but I do remember wishing for a bike around that age (I wished the same wish for a few years)

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