Life for a 12-year-old comic genius is no laughing matter.
What could possibly be difficult for a 12-year-old? Philip Wright, the class comedian, can make everyone else laugh but finds it hard to laugh himself as he faces bullies, tough teachers, unreturned first love and friends who abandon him. Then things get worse. Philip’s single mother is diagnosed with breast cancer and this takes Philip on a journey which he does not wish to go on. He pours out his hopes and questions to his idol, TV comedian Harry Hill, without any response. Philip grows through all these challenges, sometimes rebelling and sometimes rising to the occasion. He learns that humour can be some of the best medicine for his mother, her cancer survivor support group, his community and for himself.
Grades 4-8 will enjoy the slapstick humour and raw honesty with which Philip deals with life challenges. Philip is a believable character, who is witty, frustrating and endearing. This book might be used to help young people deal who have someone in their life who has cancer.