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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mr
  • 04-25-18

parent agency

Would you listen to The Parent Agency again? Why?

yes because it makes me laugh and the parents that he gets are so funny

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

the most interesting thing was why every child in the parent agency was wearing wonzies

Which character – as performed by David Baddiel – was your favourite?

the sisterly entity

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

when he woke up in the hospital

Any additional comments?

david Baddiel is a very good writer and everyone should listen to his books

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  • Claude and Eustace
  • 04-11-18

The Parent Agency By David Baddiel Narrated by David Baddiel 3 hrs 56 mins

I think it is a brilliant book it is very ummmmmm I think it's funnnnn!The best (first) story I have listened to by David Baddiel so far I will listen to more in the future!

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  • Lisa Gibson
  • 03-27-18

Best book ever

😝I really enjoyed this book, particular the mystery near the end.renew written by constance 😝

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  • k t.
  • 03-26-18

Awsome

Cool book and very funny defiantly a must buy and if you are a fan of birthday boy or the person controller you will defiantly like this