Goodfellows


Publication Date: 28 Sep. 2021
Format: Paperback / softback

ISBN 9781800900363

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    A case of mistaken identity leads to unintentional criminal activity when a dream family holiday goes terribly wrong in this punny comedy caper from author-illustrator Tom McLaughlin.

    The Goodfellows are the perfect family. From helping the local community to scooping up prizes in school, there's

    nothing they can't do. And they've just won the holiday of a lifetime to the Big Apple!

    When the family touchdown in New York and overhear a gentleman looking for the goodfellas, they can only assume he's there to pick them up. But soon they're involved in a diamond robbery and a gangster named Big Tony is thanking them for their impeccable work. It looks like everything for the Goodfellows is about to go very, very wrong ...

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    Book Type: Junior Chapter
    Age Group: 8 to 12 years
    Traffic Lights: Green/Amber
    Class Novel: No
    Good Reads Rating: 4.5/5
    Literary Rating: 4/5

    Review

    The Goodfellows are the perfect British family—except for Michael. Michael’s older sister Camilla is good at everything; at awards night she wins everything she’s up for. Michael, on the other hand, is more interested in football, TV and computer games. But when the Goodfellows go out for dinner to celebrate Camilla’s awards night success, they unwittingly set off a chain of events that will change their whole lives… 

    Michael wins an all-expenses-paid gangster-themed New York holiday for the whole family. Unbeknownst to them, a gangster called Big T is planning a diamond heist—and he’s bringing in four goodfellas from Chicago to carry it out. The Goodfellows are picked up at the airport by Knuckles—Big T’s driver—and he takes them to a jewellery store, arms them, and tells them to carry out a robbery.

    By this point they know they’re in something deeper than gangster-themed holiday fun, but they aren’t sure what to do: they don’t want to get on the wrong side of either the mafia or the police. When they encourage the store clerk to call the police, he's so he’s so intimidated he just hands the jewels over. Big T invites them back to his home and rewards them richly, and the Goodfellows attempt to play along, using Michael’s extensive knowledge of mafia-themed media as a guide.

    The Goodfellows eventually escape Big T with the diamond haul and beat him back to the store in a golf cart, where Michael’s mother makes a complaint about the clerk who handed over the diamonds and testifies about Big T’s plans. The Goodfellows manage to get away scot-free. And across the city, four gangsters come out of a showing of The Lion King with plans to open a tea shop.

    Charming and riotously funny, this adventure is full of action and surprising twists and turns. This book is dyslexia-friendly and written for a reading age of 8 years.

    Themes

    travel, adventure, gangsters, mafia, heists, family

    Content Notes

    1. Camilla throws her medal at Michael (p. 6). Mention of people who cross the mafia "getting whacked" or "swimming with the fishes" (p. 19). Gangsters shoot at Goodfellows, no injuries (p. 63). Big T crashes a car into the jewellery store (p. 88). 2. Big T drinks wine (p. 21). Gangsters smoke cigars (p. 29, 46, 47). 3. Colin says they're in "the real America" and that they can see a man "doing a wee in a bin", intended as a humorous caricature of an excited tourist (p. 32). 4. Badass x 1.

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