I watched the movie version of this a long time ago, so when I saw this book sitting on the shelves of the ‘recommended reading’ section, I thought “sure, why not?” and picked it up… and I’m glad I did. It’s very humorous and witty, with a sprinkle of sadness here and there. Here’s what it’s about:
Damian becomes obsessed with saints after his mother dies, and he even tries to become one by being ‘excellent’ and builds himself a hermitage out of cardboard boxes. So when a bag filled to the brim with money comes flying out of the sky, he thinks it’s from God. He shares it with his older brother Anthony, and they enjoy their lives as millionaires, but in different ways: Damian by giving it away to people, and Anthony by spending it on luxuries. But the money is in pound sterling, and England is converting to Euro in seventeen days. The fact that thieves are on their trail to get the money doesn’t help. Will Damian and Anthony survive? Will they ever find the one thing they truly need? Read to find out!
I really enjoyed this book as a light and funny read. It’s my first time reading Frank Cottrell Boyce’s books and now I’m searching for his other ones too! Damian, the narrator, is so cute and innocent, and I was watching over him till the end, sighing when he makes a mistake and cheering him on when he does something right. I give this book 9 stars, as I really liked it! I recommend it for ages around 9+, as younger kids might not understand a few difficult concepts of money. I really recommend this book. It’s worth millions!