Millions is a really good book. Just like the other two children’s novels by Frank Cottrell Boyce, this is the best one. Work that out if you can, because I certainly can’t. It’s very funny, and I loved it all, except possibly for the part near the middle where my anxiety levels rose in a worrying manner before levelling out again.

I also happen to believe that Frank is mistaken in believing that England has gone over to the Euro. Last time I looked in my wallet, we hadn’t. That’s one little discrepancy, but it might be there to help the plot along. Also suspect Frank hasn’t accurately measured the size of £229,370 in £10 notes. Good research would require him to take that amount out of his bank for the day and see what it looks like, before taking it back to the bank. I have very few professional qualifications, but money happens to be one of them. I can’t see that £229,370 in tenners will look very different from SEK2,2 million in 100 kronor notes. Move your commas and zeros about and you’ll soon see I’m right. And I do know what that amount of money looks like. It’s smaller and I’d say lighter than what Frank suggests.

Now that I’ve proved my own aspie traits, I’ll state that although Frank doesn’t ever suggest that his main characters in any of the three novels are aspies, they simply have to be. And they are very lovely.

Millions is about two little boys who find the above sum of money, a couple of weeks before the pound ceases to be legal tender. They can’t tell their Dad (their Mum is dead, as they so often point out), and they can’t spend the money fast enough. Apart from being a hilarious tale, this also illustrates to the reader that wealth is more of a problem than a blessing.

Ten-year-old Damian has a large network of Saints as friends, and his older brother Anthony knows about property. After reading this book, you will also be aware of the importance of digging wells. Which is A Good Thing, and it reminded me that Frank gives money to Water Aid.

I really tackled Millions this week because I happened to notice the film was going to be on television the other evening. I appear to have suffered a technical hitch video-wise, so will have to try and see it on iPlayer before it’s too late. Who’d have thought that just before midnight was reckoned to be a good time for a children’s film?

10 responses to “Million$

  1. quote: “I also happen to believe that Frank is mistaken in believing that England has gone over to the Euro.”
    Yes me too. england wouldnt leave there pounds if their country depended on it.

  2. But Ireland did and it was possibly set there, Frank being Irish? Don’t know – haven’t read it but mean to. Cosmic was excellent.

  3. I kept thinking that, Mary, but it’s quite clearly set in Liverpool. The saints made me think of Ireland, as well, but there is even an address in Speke, and they visit banks in Manchester.

  4. Framed is my personal favourite. It’s set very close to where I grew up in North Wales. It captures the oddities of the mountain people beautifully. If you haven’t read it then go and do so immediately!

    ps this may duplicate an earlier post, but it looked like my original comment was eaten…

  5. Elen – I agree. They are all my favourites, but I think Framed may be more of a favourite.

    I looked for you in my spam, but you’re not there either. Don’t know what happened to you…

  6. I read all three aloud to my students and have to say I liked Millions and Cosmic best of the three. (We easily suspended disbelief about the euro, but no doubt that was easier for us being in the US.) The Millions movie is sweet too, but some of my absolutely favorite bits (the website, the Mormons, etc) are only in the book. And Cosmic — totally absolutely cosmic! It was worth paying a fortune to order it from the UK. (Out here in the US this fall, I believe.)

  7. I’m ashamed to say i’ve yet to read any of his books even though i have a signed hardback of cosmic which i’m scared to read in case i get chocolate or tea all over it.

    just thought i’d comment with a little bit of trivia- sue kendall of st. joan’s (cosmic pg. 52 i think) was my primary school teacher, and i owe my love of his dark materials plus meeting brian jacques of redwall fame entirely to her.

  8. Trivia is nice. Did you go to school with a young Cottrell Boyce by any chance?

    Read it. You’ll like it. Sit at a table wearing gloves and with no food or drink nearby. Avoid spitting or sneezing.

  9. I must have gone to the same school as him or perhaps atleast one of the family (I don’t quite remember the link, I must ask) – not at the same time as any of the Cottrell Boyces though.

    Read it i shall… I will put it a foot away and use binoculars, and a comedy-sized cotton-bud/cue-tip thingie to change pages – just in case. Or maybe i’ll chicken out and go buy another copy.

    (That should please authors everywhere – sign my books, and i shall go buy another copy to read as well).

    I have also just (re?)noticed you have a tiny smiley face in the corner of your blog. I’m rather smitten with it.

  10. I’m so grumpy, it’s a good thing that someone smiles for me. First you don’t see it, and then you can’t help noticing it all the time.

    : )

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