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Parent Agency
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 4th 2015 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published October 9th 2014)
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Maria Espadinha
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pais e Filhos - Esses Eternos Desconhecidos


Barry detesta chamar-se Barry e tem como irmãs um par de gémeas identicas sonsas, que designa abreviadamente por GIS -- a G1 e a G2 , cuja simples existência detesta reconhecer!
E pior que tudo, desejava pais diferentes -- daqueles que organizam festas fabulosas, que compram a capa do edredão do Lionel Messi, que são glamorosos, ricos, divertidos, famosos, ...
E seria tão bom se a mãe algum dia desistisse aquele lugar vitalício atrás da máquina de lavar l
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Freckles
“What would you like for lunch?”
“Hmm,” said Barry. “Pizza?”
“Oh well, you’ve made a mistake there,” said Secretary One smugly. “We only ever eat gluten-free, free-range, nut-free, free-from-E-numbers, salt-and-sugar-free food.”
“Yes, our food is very, very free,” said Secretary Two. “Except, of course, it costs a lot of money.”
Andris
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lasu-bērniem
Vairāk didaktiska nevis smieklīga, bet mazajiem klausītājiem patika. Vienu zvaigzni no viņu vērtējuma noņēmu, līdzsvaram.
Mehsi
My 3-star rating has mostly to do with our main character. Other than that the book was really interesting and I like the idea of a Parent Agency.

Let's start with the main character. I just didn't like him. I found him whiny and pathetic. Never once thinking about his parents. They did their best for him and his siblings, but they just didn't have a lot of money and thus they had to say no to him. But yet he kept complaining and whining and acting all mean towards his sisters and his parents.
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Kristina
Аз съм голяма фен на детски книжки и от време на време се отдавам на книжка за по-малките читатели и обикновено съм доста доволна. Този път обаче не съвсем.

Допадна ми главната идея за недоволно дете, което се оплаква от родителите си поради ред причини, но при шанса да получи други, той научава, че всъщност неговите въобще не са толкова лоши, а напротив - чудесни!

Самата екзекуция и стилът на писане не ми допаднаха толкова много, но това определено не трябва да се приема като голям минус, защото
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Emma
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Review by Jack 9:6

The Parent Agency is a children’s comedy book, which in my opinion is suitable for all ages. The author is a comedian but the book does not have many laugh-out-loud moments, mostly using more subtle humour. The story follows a normal boy named Barry, who hates his parents. When he screams, “I hate my parents!” after being sent to his room he is teleported to a world where children choose their parents. He trials five sets of parents, one per day.
Barry chooses each trial set of
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Lobo
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Be kell vallanom, hogy bár a történet kiváló és rengeteg ötlet van benne, nekem az elején nagyon nem tetszett Barry alakja. Nehéz volt vele szimpatizálni, s igazán reméltem, hogy jól megtanulja a leckét, hogy értékelni kell azt, ami van, jelen esetben a családját. De lehet, csak a túl szigorú szülő beszélt itt belőlem Amúgy szörnyen élveztem a regény humorát. Nem kikacsintós, vagyis nem megy kárára a történetnek, meg a korosztály-besorolásnak, de azért jókat lehet somolyogni a szülőtípusokon, ga ...more
Lola Patiño
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely interesting!!!
Emīls Bekmanis
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bad book
Lese lust
Ich habe von Baddiel vor vielen Jahren mal ein Buch gelesen, dessen Titel und Inhalt ich zwar erst wieder nachforschen müsste, das mit aber als wunderbar leicht, witzig in Erinnerung geblieben ist.

Jetzt habe ich gesehen,dass es da ein Kinderbuch von ihm gibt und wollte es mal für meine Kinder antesten.

Der Anfang ist auch vielversprechend: Barry ist ein beinah 10jähriger Junge, der sich von seinen Eltern gegenüber den Schwestern benachteiligt fühlt, seinen Namen hasst und auch sonst so einiges an
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YABookReviews
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 10-14 year olds
Recommended to YABookReviews by: My Mum
Title: The Parent Agency

Author: David Baddiel

Rating: 8/10

Would you like your parents? Do you wish you could choose your parents? Well, that is what Barry Bennet wanted, and he got it. Barry Bennet is a normal kid, who hates his parents. At first, this seems like a dream come true. But as he’s about to find out that, choosing a new mum and dad isn’t as easy as it sounds…

I loved this book, its funny, witty and has lots of heartwarming moments. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves futuri
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15HartleyJ
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall I really enjoyed this book. Barry is just an ordinary boy (he loves Lionel Messi and James Bond) but bored with his ordinary family that he wishes he could swap for another. He is particularly fed up with his younger twin sisters. It is a funny story that often twists your mind as sometimes you are not quite sure what’s going on! I found that, once I had started reading it, I didn’t want to stop. I recommend this book to people below the age of 12 but overall I give it a 9 out of 10.This ...more
Constantin Piştea
Am găsit în romanul lui David Baddiel un băiețel care nu-și prea simpatizează părinţii. Are mai multe motive pentru asta, suficiente pentru o listă. El, Barry, a denumit lista „Lucruri pentru care îmi învinovăţesc părinţii”. Printre ele, faptul că i-au spus cum i-au spus, Barry Bennett, dar şi felul lor de-a fi: plictisitori, obosiţi, nici eleganţi, nici celebri, prea stricţi etc. Oricum ai lua-o, suficiente defecte pentru ca Barry să-şi imagineze cum ar fi să aibă alţi părinţi.
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Janie
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My twin boys (8yrs) declared this their favourite book of all time. We read it together at bedtime and every night they begged and pleaded for another chapter. A really enjoyable, funny and moreish read.
Marie the Librarian
It was times when it tried too hard to be funny and for me it was a bit predictable and easy to see what was going to happen. Its funny though and I think for sure that some kids will love it. Its just lacking something to make it a bit more complex, its all very straightforward in a way.
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5/5
Katy Noyes
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

Well done, David! After a slightly wobbly start for me (silly immature jokes and lists), I quickly saw that this was going to turn into an excellent wish-fulfilment adventure for young readers.

Like the 90s films North (Elijah Wood), Barry decides that he has rubbish parents and wishes he had different ones. He hates his name, he hates them being tired and poor, he hates his younger sisters. Now whether or not the following chapters are somehow real or a dream doesn't really matter. It'
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Bookish Devil
So near yet so far !!


This book has so much of potential but somehow things dint fall into place quite well.
The humor ... on which the entire book is based on, din't seem to work well at most of the places. The story line was very predictable but this book being a middle grade novel din't really need to have such an elaborate and complex plot. The first few chapters were very fun to read but as the story progressed, it became kind of repetitive. Some of the puns were really really good while
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Amy-Jo Conant
In a world of sad, heavy, deep, sometimes disturbing adolescent books there's The Parent Agency, an ode to youth and its whimsy. This is a very good book. Because I'm an adult reading it I give it a three. I think that number will move up or down based on your preferences. If you don't enjoy whimsy or predictability then it will likely go down. If you like a bit of fun and silliness and lighthearted then it will go up.

The basic plot: Disgruntled Barry is totally disgusted by his own tired, bori
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Sara Eames
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, firstly this is a kid's book - so there is no depth to it. But, if you want a quick, predictable, easy read with good characters and a totally predictable story-line, then you can't really go wrong with a kid's book. On the whole, this was an ok read - it was enjoyable at times and mildly amusing. I am sure many children will relate to Barry and will enjoy the story.
Sophia
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the general idea behind this book and I liked the storyline. But the main character... ok, I get that 10 year olds have limited brainfunction, but if I had read this as a 9 -12 year old I would have found it sooooo akward. I really feel sorry for parents 4 and 5. He is really horrible! But I guess he might be written like that for a reason. so 3 stars.
Meryem Anib
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really liked the book, especially the twist at the end!
Benjamin
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This boy try's to find parents that suits him. But it all go's wrong and at the end you find out what really happened to him.
Elvio Maccari
Apr 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
David Baddiel - Agenzia genitori
Harry ha quasi dieci anni, la sua ribellione verso i genitori è arrivata ad un punto di non ritorno. Sono tutte piccole cose che gli danno fastidio e vorrebbe cambiarle. Non ama i suoi genitori perchè non si sente ricambiato come vorrebbe, lui immagina quello che si aspetta e invece non arriva mai. Una cosa su tutte è la festa di compleanno, lui vorrebbe qualcosa di magnifico, invece è sempre la solita umile festicciola. Vorrebbe qualcosa di meglio, così compila u
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Maria
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So funny.
Jon Nikrich
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sincerely funny for both dad and son, which is what you want as a dad reading to your son.
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
*Received as an ARC*

The Story

Even if we don't want to admit it, we've all had a time when we felt a bit fed up with out parents. So much, we wished we had new ones, better ones. Usually this feeling goes away, and we feel bad for ever having thought such a thing...but, what if it didn't go away? What if each day was such a drag, you hated every moment - Being ignored, your brother/sister was the favourite, lame gifts, boring parents, embarrassing parents and even...groundings!

What if it didn't
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Pop Bop
Oct 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cool, Warmer, Warm, Hot, Cooler, Cooler, Cold

Interesting setup. Barry is unhappy with his parents, (they like his sisters best, they're dull, they don't cater to his desires). But, when he enters an alternate world in which kids get to try out new parents, and parents compete to earn a kid's favor, he learns some grass-isn't-always-greener lessons. That's pretty neat, and what early middle grade reader isn't going to be at least intrigued by the premise?

The execution, though, was a little schizo
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Rosemary
Are you parents sooo boring? Are they too strict? Like your brother/sister/dog better than you? Not wealthy enough to give you the lifestyle you want to become accustomed to? What would you do if you could pick your own parents: what would be on your wish list? Barry Bennett feels the same way. His parents are too boring, they’re not rich, they’re strict, they named him Barry, and after they mess up his perfect idea of a James Bond birthday, he’s fed up. He wishes he had new parents, and finds h ...more
Valerie McEnroe
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Had no idea what to expect and it turned out to be really entertaining with a great message to boot.

Barry hates his name. It's too old-fashioned and he blames his parents. He blames them for a whole list of things. One of which is the lame birthday parties they come up with. Barry is about to turn 10. He loves two things. James Bond and Lionel Messi. They can't even plan a James Bond themed party that is mildly fun. Barry storms off in protest and the ne
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David Lionel Baddiel is an English comedian, novelist and television presenter. Baddiel was born in New York, and moved to England when he was four months old. He grew up in grew up in Dollis Hill, Willesden, North London.

After studying at Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School in Elstree, he read English at King's College, Cambridge and graduated with a double first. He began studies for a PhD in Engl
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