October 2016, CreateSpace, 150 pages, Ebook, Review copy
Jesper Jinx is eleven, and probably the unluckiest person in all of Puffington Hill. Everything he touches seems to end up in sweet disaster. Hence his nickname 'Jinx'. Every great hero needs a sidekick who’s ready to laugh at their silly antics. And Oliver has been just that for Jesper on countless pranks since the day they were born. But now Jesper’s sister Melinda has set her sights on Oliver and even worse, he doesn’t seem to mind. Add to this horrible dilemma the fact that there is a heatwave in Puffington Hill. The air is now so hot that birds are falling from the trees and grandpas and grandmas are forced to wear bikinis. It all adds up to sweet disaster for Jesper. How far is he willing to go to save his friendship with Oliver?
While I was marginally disappointed about this book having less animal incidents than previous books, the humour and warm fuzzy feeling end that almost made me cry (I cry when I'm happy and sad) let this latest installment have full marks. It was fascinating learning how Jesper knew his best friend Oliver - they are hilarious as babies! I wonder what Melinda was like as a baby... You have to read it to understand the high level humour which is what Jesper's tales are about.
Marko definitely keeps raising the bar on the story's quality with immense twists that had both me and Jesper baffled and amazed. As usual Melinda, Jesper's sister is involved in Jesper's falling out with Oliver, but it's not what it seems. It is most definitely a book about the different types of friendship, how deep friendship can go and be expressed by boys who seem less open with their emotions than girls.
There was a hint of animal activity at the end which has me eagerly awaiting book 7, and forgiving Marko for the lack of animal appearance in a tale whih focused on humans this time.
Be sure to check out Jesper's website! I'm signed up to the newsletter and it's really good ^o^
Check out the other books in the series including where it all started, Jesper Jinx by Marko Kitti (Children’s, 7 years +, 10E/10E, semi short 'n' sweet review)