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Summary

Following the breakout success of his instant festive classic, The Night I Met Father Christmas, get ready for the brilliant new novel from comedian, actor and best-selling author Ben Miller! 

‘Stories are often about someone who does a Bad Thing, and this is no exception....’

Harrison tries his best to be good. He doesn’t steal from shops, he shares with his sister and he never cheats at board games...but Harrison also has a BIG flaw. He can't control his temper!

So when he’s given a black hole instead of a balloon at a party, he seizes the chance to get rid of everything that makes him cross. But when it’s not just things he hates that are disappearing into the black hole but things he loves, too, Harrison realises that sometimes you should be careful what you wish for.... 

©2019 Ben Miller. All rights reserved (P)2019 Simon & Schuster, UK. All Rights Reserved

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I love this book so much thank you

I love this book because it makes me feel better if I've had a bad day and I love to think about space too j

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so brilliant 😁

This was a joy to listen to. Ben Miller does such a good job of bringing his stories to life. Loved it!! 😌

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Great story

I love it from the beginning to the end, just what i was looking for. Great story in such little time.

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we loved this a lot

we loved this a lot, we listened to it every night until it was finished. My son loved that the author was reading the book and was very impressed with his story telling skills (much better than mine)

thank you for a wonderful story

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Great for 7-12 year olds

I bought this as a new addition for our school library and it has become a very popular choice amongst boys and girls. A great story with characters that are easy to relate to.

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I LOVED this book

I really liked the expressions and the tension in the scenes, I would recommend this book to a young audience 7-12. I listened to this book every night it is a thrilling story about a black hole! And it keeps turning from calm to tension this book is a real life changer!!!- Ben age 10

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I liked the storyline, especially the part about the boy managing to control his anger.
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You are a genius Ben Miller and I love your book please make more similar

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Temper temper! Science-based wish fulfilment story

I was impressed with Miller's first book for children, competent and assured Christmas story, and was keen to see his science background utilised for this new plot. It was not a disappointment.

A young man, pretty good on the whole, has a bit of a weakness - a really, really bad temper. Harrison is given a very unusual balloon at a party, it's a black hole. For someone who would just love to make the things that annoy him vanish, it could be the perfect gift... though readers may quickly see the Midas-like flaw in this plot.

School bullies... food he hates... the scientific consequences of black holes are considered. And how to fix things is brought into the plot in a fairly mature way, not a simple 'and then he woke up' happy ever after.

I love children's books that use real science, concepts that make young people think, into their work. This made a fairly quick read (less than 3 hours as an audiobook) but was quite a busy story.

A moral tale with a message. A flawed protagonist with a lesson to learn. The audio format suited the story and children won't struggle to listen or keep track of what's going on. The author, as an experienced actor, is engaging to listen to.

Great choice for rational thinkers and questioners, aged 8-11.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.