Monday, 30 September 2013

Cottrell Boyce, Frank “Millions”

Cottrell Boyce, Frank "Millions" - 2004

I borrowed this book from my son after it had been suggested by the book club a couple of years ago.

Quite a funny story, two boys find a bag full of stolen money and they have to spend it within seventeen days because - listen to this - the UK is joining the Eurozone and all those pounds will be worthless.

The boys have lost their mother, but that is only a sideline of the story, it could have happened to any boy who would have been in his garden at the time the bag was dropped from a passing train.

The book is quite funny but you can tell it has been written for younger children, maybe around ten years old at the most. It is not one of those youth books that adults will enjoy just as well, it is a children's book.

Interesting how the author tries to answer the old question what you would do when you had a lot of money to spend I liked how he explain what a metaphor can mean for a child, they take everything literally.

In the end, the boys learn that money can be a large burden. Again, more written for children than for adults. So, I didn't enjoy the book too much but it certainly is interesting if you want something fast and easy. Or if you are looking for a nice book for a ten year old.

From the back cover: "The clock is ticking.
A bag crammed with cash comes tumbling out of the air and lands right at Damian's feet. Suddenly the Cunningham brothers are rich. Damian has questions: Is the money a sign form a higher power? Should they tell the police? Anthony is eager to spend. They can buy anything they want. There's just one problem -- the boys have only seventeen days to use the money before it becomes worthless. And the crooks who stole the cash in the first place are closing in -- fast."


  1. I usually agree that movies made from books are never as good as the book, but the British made a sweet, little movie from this book and I loved it.

  2. I will have to ask my son, he has both read the book and watched the film. He is usually very critical of movie adaptations. Thank you.