The Parent Agency (Paperback)

By David Baddiel, Jim Field (Illustrator)

HarperCollins, 9780062405425, 384pp.

Publication Date: May 2, 2017

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (5/2/2016)
Hardcover (5/3/2016)
Compact Disc (5/3/2016)
MP3 CD (5/3/2016)
Compact Disc (5/3/2016)
Hardcover (10/1/2014)
Paperback (6/4/2015)

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Travel to an alternate world where kids get to choose their own parents in this zany, internationally bestselling adventure, which combines the be-careful-what-you-wish-for humor of The Chocolate Touch with the classic appeal of Roald Dahl.

Barry Bennett is sick of his parents. They’re boring, they’re too strict, and it’s their fault his name is Barry. So he makes a wish for better ones—and is whisked away to the Parent Agency, where kids get to pick out their perfect parents.

For Barry, this seems like a dream come true. But as he’s about to discover, choosing a new mom and dad isn’t as simple as it sounds…

The first children’s book by British author and comedian David Baddiel, The Parent Agency includes illustrations by Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning artist Jim Field.

About the Author

David Baddiel is a comedian, the host of numerous TV and radio shows, and the writer of four critically acclaimed novels. The Parent Agency is his first children’s book. David lives in London with his family. He hopes his own children won’t be applying to the Parent Agency anytime soon.

Praise For The Parent Agency

“This best-selling British import is a hilarious, fast-paced read perfect for middle-graders who like their stories on the silly side.”
— ALA Booklist

“A good jumping-off point for chapter book readers who want to expand into full-length novels. Full of adventure.”
— School Library Journal