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Brian, His Granddad & the Cup of Ages

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  57 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
When eleven-year-old Brian Pankhurst has to stay with his grandparents, he's not exactly enthusiastic. He barely knows them, after all, and they're a little strange. They're stranger than he realises, in fact. Very soon after he arrives at their ancient house, Brian starts to feel that something isn't right. Why has someone sent his granddad a completely blank letter? Why ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published August 31st 2012 by Penpress (first published August 10th 2011)
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Let me start off by saying that this review is of my opinion of the book. I think that it is a perfect book for middle-graders, and if given a rating for that it would be a 5.

The start of this novel gets straight to the point with Brian's situation and what his mother is doing (albeit a tad too formal for this genre). Brian, Audrey and Norman all reminded me too much of Harry, Hermione and Ron from the Harry Potter series. It was like thi
Sarah Fewings
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book reminds me of Harry Potter which, in my opinion, is no bad thing. Yes, it has magic and wizards and every book that includes such individuals will always get compared to J.K. Rowling's books.

Myself and my daughter, who is 11, read this together. I thought the book was written well and we loved all the monsters and the magic rain and the talking statues! Our favourite monster was definitely Hadley! My daughter wants to read the next book but there doesn't appear to be another one which
kathy bracy
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I really loved this book! Brian's father is missing and his mother takes him to stay with his grandparents for a while. Things are not what they seem, two monsters Sam and Hadley and three friends join Brian in an enthusiastic romp. Great fun. Wasted on just kids!
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Magical fun readers
Recommended to Frenchie by: The children Books forum Amazon
I read Brian, His Granddad & the Cup of Ages when the first Kindle version was out.
This is my review I wrote.

Like Harry Potter, they said? Nah! Ok, if you really, really want to make a comparison, you could say Audrey is Hermionish (i.e, a know it all) and that Grandma's rock cakes remind you of Hagrid's cooking (and mine) but no, Brian, His Granddad and the Cup of Ages is a magical book in its own right. So many things, situtations and personages are un
Shelley Lee Riley
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-fantasy
I received "Brian, His Granddad & the Cup of Ages," free as a book for review.

My mother told me, so many years ago, if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. Sounds simple, unfortunately it’s easier said than done. And so I have made it my practice not to write reviews on books I don’t like.

It’s not that I disliked this book. In fact it was cute; my main issue was how often I found myself realizing how closely the characters, and some of the plot, mimicked another story an
Laura Pilcher
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really good book for ages 7+ . We meet Brian who has come to stay with his grandparents, whilst his mother finds a new home to move into. We soon find that Brian's paternal grandparents are more quirky than meets the eye, which tweaks Brian's curious nature. Comic value arrives in the forms of Sam and Hadley! two monsters who appear in Brian's bedroom. I loved these two characters they are bizarre and funny and i'm sure a child reader would find them hilarious. This is a tale of friendship, adve ...more
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-hardcopy
Definitely a book I have enjoyed if I can read a book in a few days with two small children then that is the same as when someone else may say they read in one sitting!!!! I loved the way the author was descriptive so much so that the whole story was brought to life; even someone without any imagination could picture this story as it was brought to life in the way that it was written. It is a magical fantasy that is well worth reading and that I hope will have much more to come in the future.

Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-4-reviews
First I want to say thank you to the author for allowing me to recieve a free copy. In return I will now give my honest review.

I had a hard time with this book from the beginning. Within a few pages all I could think was this is TOO much like Harry Potter. As I continued to read the similarities just continued. For example, main character Brian has no idea about magic or monsters. He ends up becoming friends with 2 other characters- 1 female, 1 male...who argue all the time for what appears to b
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just because you're a grown-up doesn't mean you can't enjoy a great book written for kids.

You only have to look at the popularity of the Harry Potter phenomenon among adults to realise how true my first sentence is.

I mention "Harry Potter" because a couple of reviews I've read have compared P. J. Taylor's "Brian, His Granddad & the Cup of Ages" to J. K. Rowling's series.

For me, the comparison doesn't work. I never got past the first chapter of the first Harry Potter book - and neither did m
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a book to read to their kids.
The story centers around a young boy named Brian who’s forced to move in with his Grandparents after his father leaves and his mother has to move away for a new job. No sooner than he arrives than strange things start happening.

After a number of intriguing number of events Brian is suddenly plunged into a world of magic when his Grandfather is kidnapped and Brian is attacked by a fire demon. But help is at hand when Brian is rescued by two friendly monsters, Sam & Hadley, who are rounding u
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P.J. Taylor was born in Kent in 1971. He was educated at Ramsden School for Boys, where he spent pretty much most of the time playing computer games, watching movies and occasionally writing a short story. In 1988 he began working for a bank in London and five years after this he was happily married and living in South East London.

In 1994 he was diagnosed with Wegner's Granulomatosis and became se
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