Brian, His Granddad & the Cup of Ages

Brian, His Granddad & the Cup of Ages P.J.Taylor
  • Title: Brian, His Granddad & the Cup of Ages
  • Author: P.J.Taylor
  • ISBN: 9781780034225
  • Page: 109
  • Format: Paperback
  • Brian, His Granddad & the Cup of Ages P.J.Taylor Brian His Granddad the Cup of Ages When eleven year old Brian Pankhurst has to stay with his grandparents he s not exactly enthusiastic He barely knows them after all and they re a little strange They re stranger than he realises i
    When eleven year old Brian Pankhurst has to stay with his grandparents, he s not exactly enthusiastic He barely knows them, after all, and they re a little strange They re stranger than he realises, in fact Very soon after he arrives at their ancient house, Brian starts to feel that something isn t right Why has someone sent his granddad a completely blank letter WhyWhen eleven year old Brian Pankhurst has to stay with his grandparents, he s not exactly enthusiastic He barely knows them, after all, and they re a little strange They re stranger than he realises, in fact Very soon after he arrives at their ancient house, Brian starts to feel that something isn t right Why has someone sent his granddad a completely blank letter Why don t people who go in to the local bookshop ever seem to come out again What does his granddad mean when he says Brian s father wasn t really an accountant Then Brian wakes in the middle of the night and finds he s going to have to adjust to three things very quickly magic is real, monsters are real, and he and his family are in terrible danger
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    About P.J.Taylor


    1. P.J Taylor was born in Kent in 1971 He was educated at Ramsden School for Boys, where he spent pretty much most of the time playing computer games, watching movies and occasionally writing a short story In 1988 he began working for a bank in London and five years after this he was happily married and living in South East London.In 1994 he was diagnosed with Wegner s Granulomatosis and became seriously ill Five years later and after various treatments he successfully went into remission Unfortunately, in 2004 he became seriously ill again and was diagnosed with an inoperable tumour behind his left eye caused by the same disease.It was whilst he was in hospital, receiving treatment, that he began working on his first novel Brian, his Granddad the Cup of Ages Inspired by the books he loved as a child this was successfully published as both a paperback and digitally in 2012 You ll find that many of the locations within the novel are real whilst the names of a number of characters are inspired from old time radio shows such as Round the Horne , The Goon Show and The Clitheroe Kid Due to the popularity of his debut novel he has recently completed a sequel Brian, the Alchemist the Silver Dragon is due to be published as both a paperback and digitally in August 2016.P.J Taylor currently lives in Surrey where he spends most of his time still playing computer games, watching movies and writing children s fantasy novels.


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    1. You can find the original review over at my blog 3.5 Let me start off by saying that this review is of my opinion of the book I think that it is a perfect book for middle graders, and if given a rating for that it would be a 5.The start of this novel gets straight to the point with Brian s situation and what his mother is doing albeit a tad too formal for this genre Brian, Audrey and Norman all reminded me too much of Harry, Hermione and Ron from the Harry Potter series It was like this the whol [...]

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    2. This book reminds me of Harry Potter which, in my opinion, is no bad thing Yes, it has magic and wizards and every book that includes such individuals will always get compared to J.K Rowling s books.Myself and my daughter, who is 11, read this together I thought the book was written well and we loved all the monsters and the magic rain and the talking statues Our favourite monster was definitely Hadley My daughter wants to read the next book but there doesn t appear to be another one which is ra [...]

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    3. Excellent I really loved this book Brian s father is missing and his mother takes him to stay with his grandparents for a while Things are not what they seem, two monsters Sam and Hadley and three friends join Brian in an enthusiastic romp Great fun Wasted on just kids

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    4. I read Brian, His Granddad the Cup of Ages when the first Kindle version was out This is my review I wrote Like Harry Potter, they said Nah Ok, if you really, really want to make a comparison, you could say Audrey is Hermionish i.e, a know it all and that Grandma s rock cakes remind you of Hagrid s cooking and mine but no, Brian, His Granddad and the Cup of Ages is a magical book in its own right So many things, situtations and personages are unique to it It is brillant, and as you read along, t [...]

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    5. I received Brian, His Granddad the Cup of Ages, free as a book for review My mother told me, so many years ago, if you can t say something nice, don t say anything at all Sounds simple, unfortunately it s easier said than done And so I have made it my practice not to write reviews on books I don t like.It s not that I disliked this book In fact it was cute my main issue was how often I found myself realizing how closely the characters, and some of the plot, mimicked another story and its charact [...]

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    6. Really good book for ages 7 We meet Brian who has come to stay with his grandparents, whilst his mother finds a new home to move into We soon find that Brian s paternal grandparents are quirky than meets the eye, which tweaks Brian s curious nature Comic value arrives in the forms of Sam and Hadley two monsters who appear in Brian s bedroom I loved these two characters they are bizarre and funny and i m sure a child reader would find them hilarious This is a tale of friendship, adventure and cu [...]

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    7. Definitely a book I have enjoyed if I can read a book in a few days with two small children then that is the same as when someone else may say they read in one sitting I loved the way the author was descriptive so much so that the whole story was brought to life even someone without any imagination could picture this story as it was brought to life in the way that it was written It is a magical fantasy that is well worth reading and that I hope will have much to come in the future.The rest of t [...]

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    8. First I want to say thank you to the author for allowing me to recieve a free copy In return I will now give my honest review.I had a hard time with this book from the beginning Within a few pages all I could think was this is TOO much like Harry Potter As I continued to read the similarities just continued For example, main character Brian has no idea about magic or monsters He ends up becoming friends with 2 other characters 1 female, 1 malewho argue all the time for what appears to be for no [...]

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    9. Just because you re a grown up doesn t mean you can t enjoy a great book written for kids You only have to look at the popularity of the Harry Potter phenomenon among adults to realise how true my first sentence is.I mention Harry Potter because a couple of reviews I ve read have compared P J Taylor s Brian, His Granddad the Cup of Ages to J K Rowling s series.For me, the comparison doesn t work I never got past the first chapter of the first Harry Potter book and neither did my son it just didn [...]

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    10. The story centers around a young boy named Brian who s forced to move in with his Grandparents after his father leaves and his mother has to move away for a new job No sooner than he arrives than strange things start happening After a number of intriguing number of events Brian is suddenly plunged into a world of magic when his Grandfather is kidnapped and Brian is attacked by a fire demon But help is at hand when Brian is rescued by two friendly monsters, Sam Hadley, who are rounding up other a [...]

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    11. OMG I LOVED it From the first page to the end I am so glad I won this book from I would have bought it if I hadn t I ve been reading this book to my students, Ages 5 11, and they all remind me when they think I ve forgotten to read There s no better endorsement than kids wanting to sit and listen to a story than play in centers or do something else I hate when reviews give away parts of the book, but I do love the diversity in the characters and their abilities One of the main characters is in a [...]

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    12. I received a free copy of this book for my classroom It took a little bit longer to read than expected as school was starting up and that is always a busy time of the year The book itself was a pretty good book that would be enjoyed by any of my students that are Harry Potter Fans Readers are just a curious about some of the things that happen in the books as Brian is Because of this there were several times that I did not want to put the book down With that said, there were a couple of times th [...]

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    13. I received this for free through GoodReads First Reads however my 11 year old read this and absolutely loved it He said the grandparents were interesting, Brian was very curious and smart for his age, the other characters were interesting and I had to help him look up some of the words in the dictionary since Mom s definition just wouldn t do that the story moved along at a good pace, had a great story line and kept your interest throughout the entire story I enjoyed my son s enthusiasm in readi [...]

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    14. I really enjoyed this story and certainly hope there will be a sequel, because I feel there were a couple of things that were left too open ended And I would like to see Brian grow with his magic.The characters were so fun, and I liked there silly names, George Newblaster, Gordon Grubshackle, Stanley Clutterbucket,etc Hadley was my favorite, having a huge hairy kleptomaniac monster as a friend came in pretty handy It was a fun story and a pleasant read.However, I was annoyed by the repeated refe [...]

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    15. This is the fanciful tale of an eleven year old, Brian Pankhurst, who learns that monsters are real and not everything he thought about his parents and grandparents is true His adventures begin when he moves with his granddad and grandma, and they don t end until he discovers a world of magic and the power of friendships to overcome evil Will there be a sequel to answer lingering questions A perfect read for tweens,teens, and adults who enjoy fantasy reads.

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    16. I also won a copy of this book and dare say I m glad I did I m only about on page 47 but it s REALLY good Very detailed but not to the point where you want to rip your hair out It actually makes you picture the things around the story.Brian is a VERY curious boy And I m left here wondering when s the next surprise is at I ll update again when I get farther up the story.

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    17. When eleven year old Brian Pankhurst has to stay with his grandparents he finds them a little strange.There are strange happenings going onen one night he meets monsters in his room Brian learns to travel through bookcases and that magic and monsters are very real I highly recommend this book to young and old reader alike.

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    18. I m on this list because I entered to win a copy of the book The only other place I ve seen it is on as a Kindle I m hoping to purchase it for my great nephew for Christmas and I usually enjoy reading a book for the kids before I give away the books So, I m sorry but I ll still have to keep you waiting a little while.

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    19. Anyone looking to fill the whole that was left when the Harry Potter books finished Well I have found it This book is a lovely read, the characters are likable I particularly like the banter between the children and the storyline is intriguing I found this book easy to read and have recommended it to all my friends and family Is there a sequal

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    20. I received this book for free through First Reads The Giveaway was Listed By Phillip I received my copy on Wed Oct 31st, 2012 THANK YOU FIRST READS AND Phillip

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    21. My son and I read this book together and whilst it s similar to Harry Potter in many respects my son enjoyed this as it s a slightly easier read Anybody who likes wizards and monsters would enjoy this book.

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    22. Wow just finished the book Please tell me there s another on the way as want to see loose ends tied up Really enjoyed the way the characters conversed with one another, felt current and real Great job

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    23. I am looking forward to book 2 to finish the story

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    24. I really liked this book It seemed to hold elements of different series that I hold among my favorites I can t wait for the next one, if there is one.

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    25. I received this book in exchange for an honest review Overall this book was alright For me, there were a number of issues which prevent me from giving it a higher rating Number one on the top of the list which I think the author should seriously consider doing something about, is the physical description of the characters I say this because I appreciate that I think the author is trying to be inclusive and PC by including characters of different ethnicities, but he does not do them justice in th [...]

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    26. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.I started out really enjoying this, but by the second half I m afraid I lost interest I m aware this book is written for children, but I am mother to a 7 year old and I do like my children s books, and I had hoped perhaps this would be a good one to read with him Unfortunately, I don t think he would be very interested in it.It s not terrible by any means It s just that, for one thing, so much of it felt like it had been modeled right off H [...]

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    27. ravenandbeez.wordpress 20 Note I received a free e copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review First, off lemme just say that in my opinion I think that this book is a bit too big for average middle grade students I mean, when I was 11 I don t think I d have read this book because it s just so big.But if I did read it or if someone read it to me I think I d have liked it a lot It s all about wizards and magical creatures The story revolves around Brian and how he gets thro [...]

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    28. I had a very hard time reading this book The author is very controlling dominating in his descriptions of every environmental aspect of the the story that it leaves no room for the reader to imagine anything other than exactly what the author wants them to picture.And that s not how I like my stories I feel author s should describe environments, people etc but when you go to far you remove the ability of the reader to immerse themselves in the story.I also think it is very important for children [...]

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    29. I can t really give this book a complete review rating I only received the excerpt to read The story line was good, however it started out with too many questions about the characters This was too much like Harry Potter Would liked to have known the secret thoughts of the adults This would have made it different and possibly interesting It may have provided even a few twists for the author to explore It does have lots of possibilities and I will try to read the whole book when I get the opportu [...]

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    30. Brian, His Granddad and the Cup of Ages is an unfunny, rather silly attempt to humanize magical grandpas, which is NOT okay P.J Taylor s writing style is terrifyingly terrible how the hell did he she get this published Kids don t even like it ask any kid I know who s read it It sounds good in the description, like a throw back to seventies fantasy movies, but it s an unoriginal piece of crap.Yes, I understand this book was written for kids, and yes, this is terrible no matter what age you are, s [...]

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