If a Book Were a Song #14 ‘The Institute of Fantastical Inventions’ by Dave Leys

If a Book Were a Song #14 ‘The Institute of Fantastical Inventions’ by Dave Leys

If a Book Were a Song #14

THE INSTITUTE OF FANTASTICAL INVENTIONS by Dave Leys (Harbour Publishing House, 2018)

Dave Leys is an exciting new voice in the children’s book world. His debut novel, The Institute of Fantastical Inventions, is a must read for children who like clever humour. This book is packed with original jokes, snappy dialogue and hilarious scenarios.

The Institute of Fantastical Inventions (or the IFI as it is affectionately known) is a place where every human fantasy is made true. Have you ever wanted to float like a bubble or grow an extra leg? The IFI is the place to go.

Chief Technical Officer at the IFI, Leo McGuffin, faces the difficult challenge of turning the incredibly boring Roger Mumble into an international man of mystery. Through the process, however, he uncovers a sinister plot to bring down the IFI. Leo’s love for the IFI motivates him to protect his workplace at all costs, and he sets out to stop the evil plan.

The story is filled with wonderfully quirky characters and memorable scenes. I especially love the dynamic between Leo McGuffin and his colleague, Dr Andrea Allsop. Every scene they share is packed with hilarious tension. Another stand-out moment is when Leo and boy genius, Edward, analyse a performance by Psychic Suzie. And then there’s the scientific explanations. Leys has done such a beautiful job explaining technical things with humorous logic. It makes for a superb read.


Funny. Logical. Original. Fantastical. Clinical.

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