Everyone has a Lifetime Deed Counter (LDC). It works like this:
You offer to help with the housework: Lifetime Good Deeds +1
You steal your little brother's sweets: Lifetime Bad Deeds +1
Looks straightforward, huh? But what if your every thought was disputed by opposing forces of good and evil - by an angel wearing ray bans (called Windleberry) and a demon in the form of a wart (called Muddlespot)? And within your mind they were fighting a fierce battle over your actions, a battle dictated by a game of poker?
When Muddlespot is promoted from a devil's janitor to special agent, the pressure is on for him to infiltrate Sally Jones and make her Bad. If he doesn't, it will be Very Bad for him. But as his mission leads him down Sally's ear and into the deepest recesses of her mind, all becomes unclear. Just what does it mean to be good? And can it be good to be bad?
John Dickinson was born in London in 1962. Educated at St Paul's School London and Trinity College Oxford, he joined the Ministry of Defence in 1985, with spells at the Cabinet Office and NATO.
In 2002 he left MOD to be house-husband, touchline Dad and writer. He is also the household cook, a struggling tenor and treasurer for the parish church. John lives in Painswick, Gloucestershire.
Hear the name John Dickinson, and you expect something intriguing and original.
And with this fascinating book for younger readers, you won't be disappointed. ...Stories don't have to be quick and easy to be enjoyable, and there's nothing
wrong with expecting your readers to reach high. This book is touching and funny
and provocative, and we promise you - it will be well worth any effort you put
into reading it.
This is one of those books that takes
figurative meaning literally.
end up with a whole lot of light-hearted silly good fun. But parallel to this,
Muddle and Win also explores concepts of good, evil, truth, and ideas (just some
of life's itsy-bitsy philosophical questions). At times, I thought the storyline was
aimed at 10 years or younger, but the language structure (and maybe some of the
ideas) is aimed at an older reader.
There are bits for everyone in there.
Muddle & Win is bonkers, but in a good way! I was hurled into this fabulously imagined world that was brilliantly fun, silly, witty and wonderfully written and put together. I immediately fell in love with brave little Muddlespot... The storyline is engaging and is perfectly paced, it is one of them one-sitting books that I love so much. I really haven't come across anything like Muddle & Win before and I think everyone should read it themselves to experience the full on punch of silliness it packs into every page.
Fiction Fascination blogspot - Carly
It's a brilliant, funny story about good and bad which is so well written that even slower, less capable readers will probably get through it in a day or two. I really enjoyed the story and think that so many pre-teens will too, its a great, fun read with a brilliant serious message underneath it all.
ReadaRaptor blogspot - Raimy Rawr
It's funny, and it's scary, and it's very, very sharp in its observations of human nature. ...It's a huge relief to come across such an intelligent, thought-provoking book for children.
Steel Thistles blogspot - Kath Langrish