I am delighted to be taking part in the Blog Tour celebrating the release of The Super-Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson as this week there has been lots of fun and activities to mark the start of this book’s adventure into the wilds of children’s minds and hearts.
You may have read my review earlier this week on The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates, which I described as a quintessentially British Stand By Me with great buckets of humour, self doubt and heartbreak across the Welsh countryside as Freddie tries to track down his biological father with his two best mates in the summer before they go up to secondary school.
A crucial part of this story (and the one that allows for the shenanigans without parental intervention) is that the boys secretly plan to sneak away by themselves under the pretence of a sleepover, just telling each parent a different host as they make the assumption that when they meet Freddie’s dad he will let them stay the night before they return in the morning.
Well that was the plan and as a result the boys pack, um…. rather lightly, and of course, assumptions can cause merry chaos! So I’m delighted to host Jenny’s recommendations to pack and prepare MUCH better than the boys for real life adventures and long journeys!!!
Tips from a Seasoned Traveller by Jenny Pearson
When embarking upon a super long journey it is important to plan ahead, just like Freddie, Ben and Charlie didn’t do in The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates.
Packing enough clothing for your trip is essential. You can only get a maximum of two days wear out of one pair of underpants and that’s if you turn them inside out on the second day. Trust me on this. In an ideal world, I would suggest you take at least one pair of pants for each day you plan to be away and an extra pair, or two, in case of emergencies. I’m not going to go into detail about what said emergencies might be, but we’ve all had them, so I’m sure you can work it out.
If going on public transport, to ensure that you get your own personal space and prevent other travellers from squashing up against you, your choice of travel snacks is imperative. You could try the raw onion thing like Freddie and his mates, but I recommend something fishy – perhaps a packet of scampi fries, or some rollmop (pickled herring), or my personal childhood favourite, cockles in vinegar. Yum.
It is also probably a good idea to have some notion as to where your final destination is going to be. This will stop you having to find random places to sleep, like posh boats and miraculous old churches like Freddie and his mates did. So if you’re going on a journey, maybe have an end in sight, but make sure you have some fun on the way.
How do you have fun on the way? Well, Eye-Spy gets boring pretty quickly so if you are one of the lucky ones like me who doesn’t get travel sick when you read, you are going to need a good book of course! Alongside The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates, I recommend these brand-spanking new books. The Vanishing Trick by Jenni Spangler is a magical, eerie and gothic tale about a boy called Leander and The Strangeworlds Travel Agency by L D Lapinski is a fantastic story about Flick Hudson who is transported to different worlds when she steps inside a suitcase. If your tummy won’t allow you to read on the road – get an audio book! Simples.
So that’s your clothes, food, lodgings and entertainment sorted. I think you’ll agree that I have provided you with some excellent advice. I really hope that we are all able to start taking real trips again very soon, but in the meantime, you can’t go wrong if you take your imagination on a journey through a brilliant book.
Thank you so much Jenny for the sound advice!!
Make sure you check out all the amazing content Jenny Pearson created for her virtual launch including some brilliant videos and challenges to join in with (and keep 7-12 year olds occupied for a while!)
Also please make sure you stop by the other blogs for the wonderful celebrations of Freddie Yates on the Blog Tour as some are hosting reviews and additional content to give this amazing book the amazing launch that it deserves culminating in a finale with Library Girl and Book Boy’s brilliant #FunnyBookChat on Twitter from 8pm (BST) on Tuesday 5th May.
Thank you so much to Jenny for this brilliant book and guest post and to Fritha Lindquist and Usborne for my review copy and inviting me on the blog tour.💜
PS! I also highly recommend BOTH the books Jenny has mentioned they are both deeply imaginative and thrilling adventures!