Britain's Smartest Kid ... On Ice! by Ivor Baddiel (author) and James Lancett (illustrator)

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These brainy kids are a SMASH hit! Young Marsham needs to survive a TV show competition where they don’t just test trivia knowledge, they test everything... Marsham can answer almost all the questions on the TV quiz shows he watches with his family, so when his gran comes up with an idea for him to enter favourite show, Britain’s Smartest Kid, in disguise... Marsham goes for it! But the show has surprises in store – including the fact that some of the challenges will be held on ice! The competition is fierce, and one of the contestants will stop at nothing to win. Can Marsham outsmart the others to claim the prize without revealing his true identity – or falling flat on his face?

  • Author Ivor Baddiel is a comedy writer who has worked extensively on TV reality contest shows – so he has written this hilarious backstage mystery novel from experience!
  • Includes lively illustrations by James Lancett throughout.
  • Perfect for fans of shows like X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, The Voice, Child Genius, Dancing on Ice – and readers of Britain’s Biggest Star … Is Dad?

Our June 2022 Ages 7-8 Book of the Month

Our book of the month for children aged 7-8 is Britain’s Smartest Kid…On Ice! by Ivor Baddiel. Marsham can answer any question on any TV quiz shows he is watching at home, so Gran decides he should enter his favourite – Britain’s Smartest Kid. He enters in disguise because he feels being clever will only get him into more trouble with the bullies at school. However, the show has some surprises in store, including that some of the challenges will be on ice! Can Marsham outsmart the other contestants all whilst keeping his identity hidden?

This laugh out loud story will keep young readers engaged throughout with its exciting text that has a twist of mystery. Not only a hilarious book, it touches on important and relatable themes for young readers such a bullying and following your passions. With full illustrations throughout it will keep reluctant readers engaged and would be great to get children into reading if they enjoy TV shows such as Britain’s Got Talent, Child Genius or Dancing on Ice.

Olivia - Book Club Editor, Ages 7+
Olivia - Book Club Editor, Ages 7+

Product Details

Catalogue number

696 in SCB Offer December 2023







Date published

May 5th, 2022

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  • 320 pages



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  1. Milo
    on 29 May 2023

    Best book ever

    My favourite book of all time the plot twists are insanely good and the characters are excellent the plot was also insanely good. I was so sad when I finished I never wanted this book the end and I hope there's a sequel

    5out of 5

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