Series: Future Ratboy #2
Published by Egmont on 28th July 2016
Genres: Children's, Humour
Buy the book on Amazon UK
Look at the book on Goodreads
From the bestselling and Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning author of Barry Loser comes the sequel to the brilliant Future Ratboy and the Attack of the Killer Robot Grannies!
When a bolt of lightning hit Colin Lamppost he was zapped millions of years into the future and turned into a half boy, half rat, half TV! With new superkeel powers and a real life sidekick in Not Bird, Future Ratboy was born.
In this new adventure, can Future Ratboy and Not Bird save Shnozville from the bitey little insects that are turning everyone into zombies? Will they defeat the evil Mr X? And how will they ever find their way home?
Due to technical difficulties we were experiencing yesterday, this post is a day late. Thank you to everyone who was waiting for this post for being so understanding. Everything is sorted and back up and running. Thanks for your patience! – Mummy Readalot
Reviewed by Casper
Colin Lamppost was an ordinary boy until he got zapped in to the future in a wheelie bin and was transformed in to a part rat, part boy and part TV! Along with his friends ,Jamjar, Two-Face and Splorg, he has to save Shnozville from Mr X and his army of Nom Noms.
My favourite character was Bunny as she was funny and had hilarious meal choices. She also needed a lot of hand care products as she had 10 arms! It was a fantastic book with lots of LOL moments, definitely deserving to be nominated for the LOLLIES award.
Reviewed by Alex
My favourite character was Future Ratboy because he was really funny. My favourite part was when they met Harry No-Hands because he made a shop that had things for hands even though he didn’t have any! I would recommend this to people who like laughing a lot because it is hilarious and I would give it five stars!
Q&A with Jim Smith
Kids of Readalot: In Future Ratboy and the Invasion of the Nom Noms, the main character, Colin, is a fusion of a boy, a rat and a TV. How did you decide to make him a combination of those three things?!
Well, I originally came up with Future Ratboy as a character in my Barry Loser books. He was Barry Loser’s favourite TV star. So I didn’t really think about him too much, I just drew a silly looking superhero who was half boy, half rat and had a TV on his belly. Then when I came to write the actual Ratboy books I had to come up with reasons for why he was this way – so that’s when I wrote the bot about him getting zapped to the future inside a bin with a rat and a TV in it too. Make sense> Too much information?
Kids of Readalot: How did you come up with some of the ideas mentioned in the book. Things like smellnu, triangulator and wise vending machine?!
The Wise Old Vending Machine came about because I was watching a lot of Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom with my kid, Woody, who’s three. I really like the Wise Old Elf character, and I think I must have half copied that while I was writing. That’s what happens – you’re just writing away and then something pops up in your head and in it goes to the story!
Kids of Readalot: Do you illustrate the characters first and then write a story about them, or do you write the story and then create the characters to go with the story?
I came up with the characters in Ratboy’s gang first – sketched them in my sketchbook and thought about what they were like. Then I wrote the story based around them. But their personalities definitely grew as I wrote the books.
Kids of Readalot: Which is your favourite book out of all the ones you’ve written and why?
Probably the latest one – Future Ratboy and the Quest for the Missing Thingy – just because it’s the newest and freshest in my mind. Although I do like the fact that the Nom Noms book has been nominated for the Lollies, so maybe that’s my favourite? But now I feel bad for the first one for leaving it out.
Kids of Readalot: What’s your favourite thing to draw?
Bunky’s legs. Bunky is Barry Loser’s best friend, and his legs are just two long lines going down into trainers. They’re really easy to draw.
Kids of Readalot: One of our hobbies is reading. Do you have any hobbies apart from writing and illustrating?
Erm, those are sort of my hobbies really, and I’ve just turned them into my job. But I also like cycling around on my bike, sometimes with Woody sitting on the back of it. And I like collecting keel old signs and letters from shopfronts. When I was a kid I collected Coke cans – I had millions. I still like going into supermarkets and studying the packaging of everything. At the moment I’m on the lookout for Lemon Perrier – there are adverts for it on bus stops everywhere, but nobody seems to be selling it. It’s really annoying. I keep asking shopkeepers if they’re getting it in and they just shake their heads.
Kids of Readalot: What were your favourite books to read as a child?
My favourite thing to read really was a magazine called Mad. It was from America and just had the keelest cartoonists working for it, and really funny jokes. Books-wise, I loved Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake of keelse. And Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree books were keel too.
Kids of Readalot: We love to read in our conservatory because there’s a really comfy chair in there and it’s usually really warm. Do you have a favourite place to write or draw or read in?
When I’m writing a book I like to sit outside coffee shops and write on my laptop. I think being around other people and life makes you feel less lonely, not that it’s lonely writing a story, because you’ve got all your characters to keep you company. When I’m drawing I sit at my desk in my studio and draw on my iPad while listening to music or podcasts. I mostly read when I’m lying in bed after a long day, and my phone is all the way at the other end of the house where I can’t get it.
Kids of Readalot: We loved Invasion of the Nom Noms! Thank you for answering these questions for us! Love, Casper, Alex and Toby.
My pleasure, I’m really glad you liked Nom Noms and I love your keel questions!