Franc.World – March BOTM Review

“Ratbags: Naughty for Good” by Tim Harris and Shiloh Gordon  From the award-winning, bestselling author Tim Harris comes an action-packed, laugh-out-loud adventure that will make you root for the most mischievous of rats. Jigsaw and his unlikely band of ratbag friends are determined to make the biggest pizza heist of all time and show everyone […]

Franc.World – September BOTM Review

Anyone who has ever known the sheer delight of eating hot chips by the water will know the sheer terror that is being swarmed by a flock of hungry seagulls. In fact it’s such a common occurrence, author/illustrator Sam Cotton has created an entire TikTok series around chippies and seagulls and other cute cartoon characters […]

Eliza Vanda’s Button Box – Franc.World review

From one of Australia’s most beloved authors (Deltora Quest series, Rowan of Rin) comes this magical tale of spells, black jellybeans, friendship and buttons. No one saw Eliza Vanda arrive in Tidgy Bay that rainy winter afternoon. The sign advertising ‘Cabins for Rent’ was almost hidden by a pile of builder’s rubble, but Eliza Vanda […]

QBD Reviews: Serotonin by Michel Houellebecq

Houellebecq has famously called English the language of Donald Duck, so perhaps it is no wonder that Shaun Whiteside’s English translation (due for release September 26) was held back six months later than all other translations. And look, I bought a first edition in French (and it came with a beautiful Houellebecq-themed French bookmark that […]