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Artie and the Grime Wave

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Artie and his best friend Bumshoe have stumbled upon a Cave-of-Possibly-Stolen-Stuff, and along with it a gang of shady characters including scary Mary, fang-toothed Funnel-web and the devious Mayor Grime.

Artie and Bumshoe's attempt to solve the mystery sparks a chaotic chain of events that involves kidnapping, puppy-dog cutlets, modern art and pioneering the sport of the
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 2016 by Allen & Unwin
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Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was brilliant. We listened to this as an audio book from @bolindaaudio, with the author, Richard Roxburgh narrating, using the CD player in the car.

I didn’t want it to end. His accents and range of characters had me in stitches.

The story was nothing new, but the joy was the language and characterisation.

The book is also illustrated by the author, but what I really want is more! Please write more Artie stories.
Judy Wollin
May 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Artie is a weedy kid from a dysfunctional family. His best friend Bumshoe eats only lollies. The best thing about friends is they do stuff together. Artie and Bumshoe find a cave full of probably-stolen-stuff. They set up a camera to get evidence so they can go to the police.
The crooks find the camera and capture the boys. How they escape and who helps them makes for a funny story.
I liked the colourful characters and the humour throughout the book.
Recommend for 8+ Particularly for readers who e
Jo Casey
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: primary
Not a bad story - silly beyond belief, but primary school boys like that sort of stuff.
Nick Pollack
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great fun read
Jan 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Good mix of humour, mystery and loyalty to friends. Bullying and crime add much to this story too.
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
it was funny because people called Artie's friend Bumshoe.
Bruce Gargoyle
I received a copy of this title from Allen & Unwin for review.

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Since his dad died and his mum became catatonic from grief, Artie has navigated life under the care of his shouty big sister and with the help of his best mate Bumshoe. When the boys stumble across a potential (no, probable...okay, definite) stash of stolen goods, they must work to unravel an organised crime racket that (probably) goes all the way to the top.

Apart from the slightly disturbing illustrations that sor
Nov 09, 2016 rated it liked it
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

Artie is always being bullied, along with his rather unfortunately-named pal, Bumshoe. While a shout of ‘Rabbits’ often distracts his dumb tormentors, this time it seems like Artie has gotten into more trouble than he can cope with. With Mary, Funnel-Web and Budgie on his tail, he needs to make things happen… fast.

In the tradition of ‘The Day My
Jimmy Jones
Jan 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Great read. Very reminiscent of Roald Dahl. I've been slowly reading this to my kids every fortnight when they stay with me and they kept asking to hear more. Guess that says it all. Roxburgh is a ridiculously talented actor and now a bloody good children's author it seems, oh he also did all the illustrations
Book Bazaar
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Our junior book club just finished this and very much enjoyed it.
The kids said it was funny, it's got comedy and imagination running wild. They said it has good pictures, the character names were weird and it was very punny!

They scored it 8.75/5.5/9.99/9/8/9/7/8

Chent Higson
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
That took a slightly alarming turn...
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Didn't finish it. Not because I didn't enjoy it but because I was juggling too many other things.

Enjoyed it enough to put on my "borrow again" list.
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