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A brilliantly funny, gripping novel from a born storyteller, The Parent Agency is an epic wish-fulfilment adventure for every child - and for the child in everyone.Barry said, a third time, "I wish I had better parents!" And then suddenly the entire room started to shake. Barry Bennett hates being called Barry. In fact it's number 2 on the list of things he blames his parents for, along with 1) 'being boring' and 3) 'always being tired'.But there is a world, not far from this one, where parents don't have children. That's far too random for something so big and important. In this world, children are allowed to choose their parents.For Barry Bennett, this world seems like a dream come true. Only things turn out to be not quite that simple.

©2014 David Baddiel (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • Lakey
  • 12-08-15

Really, really good - according to my 11 yr old

My son is ill and off school, after about 40 mins of "I'm so bored" I put this book on and gave him his headphones. He didn't stir for the whole 3 hours, and really loved it. I really loved the peace and quiet. Win-win.

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  • Miss S Ashton
  • 02-21-15

It was an amazing book

I loved the Narrator and I especially loved the story. My favourite bit was when Barry was with the rich parents.

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  • Denise Hobbs
  • 07-17-17

Awesome!

Loved it. David Baddiel is such a great author, and I love all his books! :)

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  • ZDBug
  • 06-25-17

the best book ever

I love all of David Baddiel's books but I didn't enjoy his others quite as much as this one. Hilarious book, if I could I would give it a million stars.

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  • Zoe
  • 01-07-17

Love it❤️💛💚💙💜

It's a great book and really appealing!
I would recommend this book for 8/12 year olds although the downside is that it contained one swear word:(
Oh well still a great book📚📚📚

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  • Mr Graeme W Robson
  • 04-06-16

The Parent Agency

A great audible. I really enjoyed reading it!! I recommend it to everyone who likes funny stories!

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  • MRS W.
  • 09-25-17

So goooooooooooooood

This is a really good book.

I love it.

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  • aline
  • 05-23-17

Amazing

I was Very funny & I think all the children in the world who do no like their parent a lot would love this it is so funny and amazing!
I LOVE IT !

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  • Joanne
  • 04-27-17

The narrator did a really good job

I loved this audio book. My friends recommended it to me and I was buzzing with exitement through it all.☺😊

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-09-17

entertaining but predictable story.

some funny parts and inventive scenes.
nice premise but the ending is flat and predictable.