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  • Worst. Holiday. Ever., Book 1
  • By: Charlie Higson
  • Narrated by: Charlie Higson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)

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Stan is going on holiday to Italy with his (fifth) best friend Felix and a load of strangers.


Stan is absolutely terrified.

Luckily, his mum's given him an emergency list that includes how to survive a shark attack, and what to do if he gets kidnapped.

Stan thinks that a better list would include how to cope with odd food, and what to do if he accidentally calls Felix's mum 'mum' in front of everybody.

And it soon turns out Italy is full of dangers and things that can go wrong. One thing's for certain, Stan's not going to come back the same boy he left. He just hope he comes back at all . . .

Worst. Holiday. Ever is a story about facing fears, dealing with worries, and how it's OK to be anxious, scared, and sometimes a little bit brave.

©2021 Charlie Higson (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Best boom ever worst holiday ever

I loved listening to this book, and I can say I’ve listened to it about 20 times in a month. I adored every aspect or the book including the bit where Felix and Stan fell out.
I hope you read this and thank you for such a great book.

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A good growing up book

I liked this book - read it thinking of reading it out loud to my new Year 5s but I think it is aimed at Year 6 or Year 7 due to the use of 'pervert' several times and several swear words which did fit the story, but I wouldn't be able to read it to a class without editing them out. However, the story was great and was well crafted. It dealt with irrational fears in a fun way and was a good growing up story.

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A Great Reminder

Adults everywhere should read Stan's story - beautifully written and a reminder to us all about where things truly start. A fantastic tale that is all too real.

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Laugh out loud funny

We loved this book
My 9 year and I both enjoyed this story!
Recommend listening

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Amazing!!!!!!!!,

Great loved every second of it. When I listen I feel joy

I dislike nothing
I would recommend this book to everyone I know
Love this book amazing words and great performances

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great funny listen

so funny- plus it mirrored my sad young teenage years which all became brighter as time flew by ha ha ha

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A real surprise

The holiday experiences of a young boy amidst mainly strangers might not be a first choice but I’m so glad I took a chance. Funny, sweet, kind hearted but also covers the difficulties of trying to fit in with others. I really hope this book finds its way into mainstream schools. Well done Mr. Higson and thank you.

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Amazing story

Personally I loved this book and the point of view of which it was presented. It's a brilliant listen and I was disappointed when it came to an end.

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Great for my 9 year old son

My son really enjoyed this book and compared himself to Stan quite a bit with his feelings.

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Amusing, charming, relatable, profound!!

Stan is 12 years old and feeling the anxieties of the big wide world and how he can fit within it. It's a lovely story, with strong characters, great snippets of wisdom and laugh out loud moments.

Enjoyed this book immensely as a parent listening with my 11 year old son (who loved it too).

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