# **CLOSED** Review – Boris and the Dumb Skulls by Frank Hinks (& Giveaway)

With Halloween a matter of weeks away, what are your plans? In previous years, we have gone trick or treating in the early evening followed by hot dogs and snuggles on the sofa watching a film. This year we may follow the same pattern but we may replace the film with a children’s book.

We have been sent a copy of the latest book in **Frank Hinks’ Ramion Collection **to review. **Boris and the Dumb Skulls** is the 16^{th} book in the series, aimed at 7+ year olds, and it is being published on 20^{th} October just in time for Halloween.

Brief Synopsis

Griselda the witch has been drinking too much evil spirit. Boris her pet skull and the dim daft dwarves are fed up of being bullied by her. They decide to form a punk rock band and seek fame and fortune. But just before they leave for their first gig two of Griselda’s dead ancestors break out of their glass tanks beneath the ruined tower. Fifi Vicomtesse de Grunch is very keen on dancing. Her husband the Vicomte expresses his feelings towards Fifi’s dancing partners with a spanner. Not surprisingly the boys’ father comes to regret dancing with her. When Griselda arrives at The Polhill Arms to reclaim her property (Boris and the dwarves) things do not work out as she expects (perhaps even Griselda is not totally beyond redemption), but unfortunately the evil spirit is still working inside her: it has not forgotten her ghastly plan of how to fill the larder.

We haven’t actually read any of the preceding 15 Ramion books but I have been doing a little background reading to find out more about the series. From my impressions, though, you don’t actually need any prior knowledge of the Ramion world and the books work well as stand-alone stories.

Each of the books features the same fun and interesting characters. Griselda the Grunch is a witch who lives in a ruined tower in the hills; The Boys are 3 brothers who live in The Old Vicarage; Boris is Griselda’s pet skull; Snuggle is a warrior cat sent to protect The Boys; Scrooey-Looey is a sock puppet who lives on the top shelf in the nursery of The Old Vicarage; and Eric and Drago are the friendly dragons.

The books all feature full colour illustrations by Frank Hinks himself and they are truly unique and are the cherry on top of the cake. Frank Hinks has actually produced around 500 full page gouache paintings to accompany all 16 books.

Have you got a child who would appreciate Boris and the Dumb Skulls this Halloween? If so, you can be in with a chance of winning a Hardback copy of this wonderful book right here!

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below and answer the following question in a blog post comment.

How many books are there in the Ramion Collection?

Giveaway ends Sunday 26^{th} October 2014.

One winning entry will be drawn at random by Rafflecopter.

The winner will be notified by email within 48 hours of the giveaway ending.

One winner will receive a hardback copy of Boris and the Dumb Skulls.

The giveaway is open to UK Residents aged 18 or over.

The prize is non-refundable and no cash alternative will be offered.

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