The Tail of 'Too Bad' Mike

This is the tale of Mike the skateboarding shrew and how he acquired his unusual nickname 'Too Bad.'

Children - Animals
200 Pages
Reviewed on 03/19/2021
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Author Biography

Iain Cameron Williams was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, of Scottish and Welsh ancestry. His mother was born in New York, America, and his father was born in Kalimpong, West Bengal, India. His grandfather is the missionary, writer, and poet Rev. Aeneas Francon Williams, and his great grandfather is the renowned Welsh writer and geographer John Francon Williams. On his maternal side, Williams is a third cousin of the author D. H. Lawrence. Iain Cameron Williams is the writer of 'The Empirical Observations of Algernon' ( 2019). Williams' debut children's novel, 'The Tail of 'Too Bad' Mike' (paperback publ. January 10, 2021), follows the adventures of a skateboarding shrew named Mike. Set in the fictitious kingdom of Pembridge, the story introduces the reader to a curious little world full of hidden meanings.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Amy Louise Hill for Readers' Favorite

The Tail of Too Bad Mike by Iain Cameron Williams is a children’s book about a skateboarding shrew that was born without a tail. One day his fake tail goes missing and he goes on the hunt for it. Along the way, he encounters many of his friends who over time give him the nickname “Too Bad Mike.” Mike also comes across a few difficult situations that he has to find his way around. What happens to Mike? And will he find his tail?

The Tail of Too Bad Mike by Iain Cameron Williams is a humorous children’s book. As an adult reader, I was hooked on the storyline from the very first page, and that shows just how good a writer Williams is. Throughout the book, you are introduced to each of Mike’s friends, along with his grandad Gus. Each one of Mike’s friends has a unique personality that attracts you to the story even more. The Tail of Too Bad Mike is definitely in my top ten of children’s books that I have read. Not only is this book really fun to read, but it also teaches children about diversity. With each of Mike’s friends being a different animal, it shows that no matter what background you're from, you can be friends with anyone. This book is flawless and the characters are hilarious. Every page had me either laughing or smiling and I am going to be keeping this story for future reading. I can't recommend this book enough, it is such fun to read and both you and your children are going to love it. So what are you waiting for? Grab a copy of The Tail of Too Bad Mike and give it a read.