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My Big Mouth

Written by Steven Camden

Key Stage 2 Humorous School Stories

LoveReading View on My Big Mouth

Wonderfully humourous look at the effect lies can have, by an award-winning poet

Generously illustrated by Timothy with greyscale images this book is the first novel from poet Camden – a performance poet known as Polar Bear, and prize winner of the CLiPPA poetry award. 


Beautifully written we are taken into Jay’s world – a ten-year-old who is uncool and mostly ignored.  But when his dad just ups and leaves no-one will answer Jay’s questions.  So, he makes up his own answers – and shares them with his classmates!  This suddenly makes him one of the coolest kids in class!  


But little does he realise just how complicated it is to keep track of his stories, and who he might hurt, badly, along the way. For a book about the dangers of lying – with a moral heart at its centre – it is a very amusing, funny book which will keep readers enthralled to see if Jay and his friendships survive – or what he can do to save the day?


A powerful look at the dangers of untruths – and no matter what, the reader roots for Jay as he is such a lovely character, well drawn and full of the chaotic emotions of pre-teens thrown into their often complex school relationships. 

Tricia Adams

My Big Mouth Synopsis

'They think I'm cool.' Dom's face wrinkled up, 'Who does? Who cares?' But I did. I cared. When Dad leaves, ten-year-old Jay has questions. Where has he gone? Why did he go?

When no one can give Jay the answers he needs, he makes up his own stories, setting off a chain reaction that sees regular old Jay go from just another face in the crowd, to the centre of attention. But being the coolest kid in school comes at a cost. And as things spiral out of control, can the most unlikely person help him learn the most important lesson of all?

Funny and tender, My Big Mouth, CLiPPA Award-winner Steven Camden's brilliant first novel for readers of 8 to 11, is about friendship, storytelling and the price of being cool. Brilliantly illustrated throughout by Chante Timothy.

My Big Mouth Press Reviews

An impulsive lie gets out of control in the funny and tender first middle grade novel from YA author and spoken word artist - Bookseller

I get asked a lot what is the book that you'd recommend to Wimpy Kid, David Walliams and Tom Gates fans? My answer is THIS. -- Scott Evans (@TheReaderTeacher) - Twitter

Book Information

ISBN: 9781529010978
Publication date: 8th July 2021
Author: Steven Camden
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Humorous, School Stories

About Steven Camden

Steven Camden is a leading spoken-word poet, performing as Polarbear. He also writes radio plays, teaches storytelling in schools, and was a lead artist for The Ministry of Stories. Tape is his first novel. When you read it, you will find this hard to believe. Everything All At Once is a collection of original poems for teenagers and is his first collection for Macmillan Children's Books.

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