Warren try to convince Richard that surgery is the only option. It wouldn't be so bad if the second head was as calm and reasonable as Richard, but he isn't. But we do need to be honest with ourselves. I suppose it might help a youngster trying to come to terms with a loss but I had to stretch my imagination to connect with the depth of emotion and the ending. And come out the other side, older and wiser.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes funny books but also books that you would not want to put down. I was swept up by the beginning of The Boy With Two Heads — the excitement of the unknown and the undercurrent of menace coming from the doctors promised a thrilling adventure. We all self-censor too, don't we? It made me cry my eyes out and I thought about it for weeks on end. A novel idea for a children's book, with the potential to be very dark. Well that's not how Richard feels, when he wakes up to discover he's grown a second head.
I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. As premises for books go, that's pretty freakin' good. Andy Mulligan was brought up in south London. But unlike Richard, docile and non-conflicting, Rikki is the exact opposite. This Book was slightly disappointing.
With thanks to Netgalley for the review copy. Modern smartphones and computers can read files of any format. Well that's not how Richard feels, when he wakes up to discover he's grown a second head. This second head becomes a more aggressive version of himself, called Rikki. Still grieving the loss of his beloved grandfather, Richard is shocked.
The only choice is to live it. Will these two mixed personalities join together to make it to the end? And Mulligan makes a great deal of friendship and the huge source of strength and support it can be. Meet Richard, who wakes up one morning with a second head. Richard is a normal eleven-year-old who one day begins to grow a second head. His parents rush him to hospital. Doctor Warren says he can help, but is he being honest about his true motives? At first his parents say get rid of it, but the specialist they consult wants to study Richard and convinces them to keep it.
Well, that's what happens to 11 year-old Richard Westbrook. Trash was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, has been translated into 31 languages and was filmed by S. Dr Warren had been watching Rikki for a long time and brought them in to his hospital. The book didn't quite live up to my expectations, but its central themes of friendship and acceptance are important and well-handled. Richard is a normal eleven-year-old who one day begins to grow a second head. Mulligan won the 2011 , a once-in-a-lifetime book award judged by a panel of British children's writers. I really wasn't sure what the ending was supposed to be.
Fleeing to the mountains of Wales, they're pursued to the top of the highest peak by a crack team of commandoes. Rikki is very, very funny, even when he's at his bitchiest, and the whole thing has a slightly surreal air that makes it feel quite safe to read. Best of all, if after reading an e-book, you buy a paper version of The Boy with Two Heads. One morning, he wakes up to find a new head on his shoulders: the belligerent and sharp-tongued Rikki. Rikki held Richard's hatred - while part of him loved his granddad very much, he also felt hate towards him.
If anything, as strange as it sounds for a character who spends the entire book literally on top of the protagonist I kind of felt that Rikki was underused. The librarian apologised for giving me a children's book but I started it and enjoyed it. This book tells that of Richard and his daily struggle that's what it claims, at least. Andys novel Trash has been published in twenty-two languages and will soon be a major motion picture directed by Stephen Daldry and scripted by Richard Curtis. Andy Mulligan won the 2011 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, and his international bestseller, Trash, is now a major film - directed by Stephen Daldry and with screenplay by Richard Curtis.