Aussie Author Challenge Book Reviews

Book Review: Thai-no-mite! by Oliver Phommavanh #AusRead17

Lengy is Thai. His family owns a restaurant, Thai-riffic. Lengy however, prefers hot chips and pizzas. He is in for a surprise when his parents decide to go to Thailand for a holiday at the end of the year. But first, Lengy and his younger brother, Kitchai must get vaccinations from Dr Needlemouse, endure a trip to the Gold Coast with the family {a bonus his mother managed to haggle when purchasing the Thailand trip} and along with his friend, Rajiv, try and play matchmaker for two of their teachers. As Lengy encounters different obstacles for a primary school kid, he also learns the value in some of the Thai traditions through his grandmother and parents.

I haven’t read much Australian children’s fiction but this was a fun read. It’s set in south-west Sydney where I worked for many years and families like Lengy’s were familiar to me. I can see primary school kids having a laugh at Lengy’s adventures. While it is a book catering to boys, I think most kids would love it. More importantly, kids from multicultural backgrounds would identify with what it’s like growing up in dual cultures.

My rating:

***Read and reviewed for the 2017 Aussie Author Challenge. Also linking up with Kylie for IBOT***

Until next time,

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  • Vanessa
    10 October 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Sounds like a particularly great book for kids from that area – they would feel like it’s really written about them!
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  • Denyse
    11 October 2017 at 10:43 am

    That is a great idea to review books for kids too, especially when you know they would be loved by kids who could identify with the characters. Denyse #teamIBOT
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  • Kylie Purtell
    11 October 2017 at 12:00 pm

    I am adding this book to our reading list, I think Punky would like it! What is the reading level on it do you think?

  • Shilpa Garg
    12 October 2017 at 1:05 am

    Sounds interesting. Would love to check out this book for fun and as well as getting insights about Australian and Thai culture. And will look for it for gifting to kids in family/friends.

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