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Little Badman and the Time-travelling Teacher of Doom

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Another hysterical novel by Humza Arshad and Henry White! Simply had me working on my abs due to how much it made me laugh.
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Hilariously funny, relatable characters and a strong sense of culture. A really gripping and enjoyable storyline that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Cheeky and lighthearted, the adventures of Lil bad man will make you laugh and cringe in all the best ways. I used some of the opening chapter with my class as a guided reading activity. They all loved the characters and the style of writing. Yet another fantastic escapade!
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Another slightly bonkers adventure for Humza Khan (the best twelve-year-old rapper in Eggington and newest recruit of the mysterious 'Agency' after he saved the world from alien slug aunties) and his best pal Umer. The boys are looking forward to a long six-week holiday spent teaching their new friend Wendy how to play knock-down ginger but fate has other plans and the two boys end up being sent to a summer school in Pakistan as a punishment for a prank they are pretty certain they didn't even do. They plan to escape (well, Humza plans and sort of drags Umer along with him) but decide to stay when they are finally given their first mission by the Agency - to find out whether their science teacher, Mr Malik - an ex-Agency member - is plotting anything evil. The boys soon find themselves in trouble - with Mr Mahmood, the very angry headteacher, Mr Malik and with the mission itself. It turns out being a spy is quite hard work and, sometimes, a little bit dangerous.

This book is full of adventures, laughs and pranks. It also shows that quiet Umer is as useful a spy as the more boisterous Humza, that Pakistan is not the backwards country the boys feared it would be and that, sometimes, you can learn a lot about your family by finding out what they were like as children. This would be a fun read for youngsters of 8 and over who have enjoyed reading Walliams, Baddiel and Jeff Kinney and were wanting to branch out into a new author.
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Humza and his best friend Umer have been caught red-handed graffitiing their school, and despite their protestations of innocence, their parents decide the best punishment is summer school in Pakistan! They reluctantly head off for a long month of learning and behaving, but soon the Agency is in touch and Humza’s spy skills are needed once more.

This is the second book featuring Humza, or Little Badman as he styles himself, and it’s just as much fun as the first. The descriptions of family and school life are laugh-out-loud funny, referencing British Pakistani customs but with a universal relevance. The completely bonkers plot becomes more and more convoluted as our heroes wrestle with time travel, evil science teachers and dinosaurs, but it’s all resolved neatly and happily. 

A really readable, very enjoyable tale that fans of the first Little Badman title will lap up. Newcomers will be able to pick to up the thread easily enough and it should be enjoyed by all. Well worth stocking in children’s libraries and schools for upper KS2 readers.
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The sequel to Little Badman had me laughing out loud.  

The author did a great job of channeling the inner workings of the cheeky young school boy, Humza.  

It was interesting how the two main characters had such stereotypical views of Pakistan and their family there, which were dispelled once they'd actually visited. 

Lots of humorous illustrations throughout.

An ideal book for year 3/4. I can see this being enjoyed by fans of books such Planet Omar/ Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
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Little Badman and the Time-travelling Teacher of Doom is an action-packed, hilarious and clever adventure story that will keep children hooked to the end.  
Humza (aka Little Badman) is an 11 year old boy who fancies himself as a rapper and, after saving the world from aliens in the first book, he is now intent on becoming a proper secret agent for 'The Agency'.  Unfortunately, it seems as though all his plans are scuppered when he is framed for graffiting his school, along with his best friend Umer, and they are both sent to summer school in Pakistan.  However, things at summer school are not as they seem and soon Humza and Umer find themselves part of another secret mission where Little Badman becomes Agent Badman.  Can the two boys successfully travel through time and avoid The Agency, and the world as they know it, from being completely destroyed? 
There are a lot of laugh-out-loud moments in this book.  I loved Humza's attitude and 'voice' and thought the dynamic between him and Umer was particularly strong.  The illustrations by Aleksei Bitskoff are great too and further make it a brilliant book for reluctant readers.    
Although I hadn't read the first book in this series, this didn't matter at all; however, I will definitely read Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties now too.  This book would be a great addition to the school library and UKS2 classrooms, particularly in a time when we need more diversity on the shelves.
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Little Badman and the Time-Travelling Teacher of Doom is the second instalment of the Little Badman series, all revolving around eleven-year-old Humza Khan, a wannabe rapper from Eggington who loves to play practical jokes on everyone. After saving the world once already, Humza is determined that he will now be a successful spy working for "The Agency", but disappointment strikes as he and his best friend Umer are instead sent packing to a summer school in Pakistan for causing trouble one too many times. Although the strict headteacher, Mr Mahmood, threatens the pair with discipline and promises they will be "changed boys", the pair are soon back to their old tricks when they discover that their placement in Pakistan is actually part of the Agency's mission for them. Soon they find themselves desperately hunting down their science teacher, Mr Malik, trying to work out exactly why the Agency want them to follow him and if he really can be dangerous when he seems like the nicest man in school...

Having not read the first Little Badman I was keen to read the sequel, having heard good things about the first, but also because I was interested to see if it would work as a standalone, something which makes it a lot easier to recommend for children as they can just pick it up off the shelf without any prior knowledge. I'm pleased to say that despite it being the second in the series, Little Badman and the Time-Travelling Teacher of Doom really does work on its own. There's a quick rapped recap at the start (good luck if you're reading it aloud) which gives you some backstory to Humza, but aside from that this is a completely fresh story. 

Humza as a character is completely hilarious and as the story is told from his perspective I really enjoyed the way his character was shown through the vocabulary chosen. I felt myself reading it in my head in my best South-East accent (completely terrible when you are VERY Northern) and the dialogue is written exactly as you would expect two eleven-year old children to interact. 

The plot around the Agency and investigating Mr Malik may appear simple but is far from it as Humza and Umer discover and once it gets going their adventure doesn't stop until the final few pages. There's appearances from random dinosaurs, robots and multiple clones which all play a part in the mission the boys are set and the book is packed with funny moments and action from all directions. 

This would work brilliantly throughout Key Stage Two, probably from Year 4 upwards, and is similar to the likes of Attack of the Demon Dinner Ladies or My Brother is a Superhero in terms of humour and content. 

Time travelling, rapping, adventure and action all rolled into one.
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