Martin Moone is eleven and completely fed up with being the only boy in a family of girls. He's desperate for a decent wingman to help him navigate his idiotic life. So when best mate Padraic suggests Martin get an imaginary friend - or IF" for short - he decides to give it a go.
His first attempt is Loopy Lou, a hyperactive goofball who loves writing rubbish rap songs. But Martin soon gets fed up with Lou's loopiness and decides to trade in his IF for someone a little less wacky. Enter Sean "Caution" Murphy, an imaginary office clerk in a bad suit with a passion for laziness and a head full of dodgy jokes. Sean is full of tips and tricks to guide Martin through the perils of the playground, from dealing with his sisters' pranks to besting the bullying Bonner boys. But getting rid of Lou is not that easy, and having TWO imaginary friends is a recipe for trouble!
We tried. We really did but...NO.
We simply couldn't read this book through.
It was a tad quirky (we can live with that).
It written from a boy's perspective. (this was a good thing)
BUT.. this story used words we deem inappropriate in this house, and the lad Martin was disrespectful of his parents which neither of us could get past.
When it came right down to it, not a book I would recommend for the recommended 9-12 year old age group at all. Skimming through the rest of the book did not endear me to it at all. Just left me thinking.... what an odd book with children left having to manage their lives with ineffectual parents and bullies running their lives, leaving imaginary friends as their best way to cope through life.
Set up to look like it was written on journal paper.
In searching for reviews to see if somehow I was missing something in this book I learned that it is a British import and is based on a TV show about a wacky Irish family. It seems that people either like it and find it immensely funny OR they don't like as the humour doesn't appeal to them. So my advice? Go to your library and check it out for yourself. :)