Boris and The Dumb Skulls by Frank Hinks Review

Reviewed by David Savage

Boris the floating skull is back in the 16th book in the Ramion adventure series.

Boris the floating skull is still without his body as Charlie Stench, The Body Collector, still has it. Boris is now looking for fame and freedom from his mistress, Griselda the Witch. While in the shed talking to the 3 dim daft dwarves, Julioso, Aliano and Benjio, who are Griselda’s guards, they decide to start a punk rock band called Boris and The Dumb Skulls. Boris will be the lead singer while the dwarves will be the band playing the instruments.

First they need instruments so Boris has to steal some of Griselda’s gold, take it to town and exchange it for cash and then buy guitars, drums and amplifiers to build their band.

Meanwhile, Griselda needs to fill her larder with children (this is her favourite food source) and hatches a plan to get Boris’ body back from Charlie Stench so that she can marry Boris and have lots of children.

After a month of practising Boris and The Dumb Skulls get their first gig at a local pub, The Polhill Arms, but have been followed by Fifi, a dead French witch who loves to dance, and her jealous dead husband.

The father of Julius, Alexander and Benjamin – 3 brothers who just love adventure, decides to go and see the band without their mother knowing and this is the start of a new adventure of the boys and their magic cat Snuggle.

Will Griselda fulfil her plan to marry Boris, will Boris and the dwarves find the fame and freedom they carve and will the boys get their father home before their mother finds out what is going on?

Overall, Boris and The Dumb Skulls is a great children’s adventure filled with humour and some excellent characters including witches, magic cats, ghosts, mummies, vampires and of course, a floating skull. It is very well written, easy to read and very entertaining. Children will love it and parents will enjoy reading it with them.

Rating: 5/5

Suitable for age: 7 years +

RRP: £7.99 (hardback)

Available to buy from Amazon here.


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