This is a review of “Misery Guts” by Morris Gleiztman. It is the first novel in the Keith Shipley Series.
Keith is a young boy living in London. His parents are misery guts’. Always frowning and worried. Keith can see that they’re unhappy, and vows to cheer them up before he too is turned into a misery guts.
But what to do? Painting their Fish & Chips Shop didn’t work (even though he thought ‘Tropical Mango’ was a pretty cheerful colour). Nor did planting the bright (if slightly off) tropical fish in their freezer at work.
All his efforts do is cause his parents to explain exactly why they’re unhappy. They’ve got money problems. The shop’s got plenty of competition, and Keith’s dad has been forced to use cheaper ingredients to make cheaper meals. They never got their dream shop or their dream house. No wonder they’re miserable. But then Keith discovers Australia.
To Keith, Australia looks like paradise. And there are so many types of fish there, they’ll never need to settle for second best. But how can he get them over there?
A really entertaining book. As a kid, I really loved reading Morris Gleiztman’s novels. They were comedic and easy to understand, but at the same time I knew they were about something deeper. So I decided to buy all the books I didn’t have (but remember loving) and reading them again.
As an adult, I can only admire the way in which Gleiztman can tell a story from the eyes of a child but deal with adult issues in a way that is so graceful, poignant and touching.
This is a wonderful book about not letting anything get in the way of your dreams, and always looking at the positives in life.