Henry Potty and the Deathly Paper Shortage: An Unauthorized Harry Potter Parody
Valerie Estelle Frankel
WingSpan Press (2008)
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (10/08)
“Henry Potty and the Deathly Paper Shortage” is the seventh book in the Henry Potty series. It is the sequel to the first book, “Henry Potty and the Pet Rock.” In this tale, the evil Lord Revolting, also known as the Dim Lord, begins a mission to terrorize the people. He divides his soul into seven plot devices. These include: a dead man’s chest, a wooden eyeball, the one ring, a coloring book, a slug, and a video. In spite of his lack of academic skills, Henry Potty has been selected to be The Chosen One. He must seek out and destroy all of the Plot Devices to save humanity. He must defeat Lord Revolting before he himself is destroyed.
This book was hysterical. As a parody on the Harry Potter series, it also includes many other characters found in other children’s books such as, the tooth fairy, goblins, trolls, leprechauns and elves. The creatures that tend to be cute in fairy tales are not so cute in these stories. The tooth fairy is even evil. This makes the book so much more fun.
It took great talent and imagination on the part of the author, Valerie Estelle Frankel, to come up with so many ideas to parody in “Henry Potty and the Deathly Paper Shortage.” As I read, I pictured everything in a colorful cartoon format. I really enjoyed taking a break from my mundane world and all of my self-help books. What better way to help myself, than with laughter? If you enjoy Terry Pratchett type books, you will be pleased to discover this series.