Book Review: Billy Plonka and the Grot Laboratory by Ian Billings

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Billy Plonka and the Grot Laboratory is a parody of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. It’s definitely a different type of book but I think maybe middle school boys might enjoy it. There are a lot of nonsense words and Grot is nasty. The laboratory is messy and icky. 

The plot is pretty much the same as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The children who get to go to the laboratory each have a fault, the maker of Grot is Billy Plonka (instead of Willy Wonka, of course), etc. My favorite name is the Grumpy Trumpers rather than Oompa Loompas.

I don’t think this is a book that most adults would enjoy but I do think there are middle school readers that might like it because it’s so silly.


About the Author

Ian was born at a very young age. He is a comic, writer of books, plays, pantomimes, a reformed juggler, an actor and dabbler in many areas. He is a veteran of over 50 pantomimes having performed with, directed or written for stars such as Frankie Howerd, Sylvester McCoy, Bernie Clifton, Julie Goodyear, Little and Large, Cannon and Ball and Timmy Mallett in such diverse venues as Theatre Royal Nottingham, Derngate Theatre, Northampton, Harwich Docks and Gatwick Airport. For the last eight years he was director, writer and performer at Telford’s Place Theatre.





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