Enter the weird and wary world of Docter Noel Zone – not a real doctor, hence the misspelled title – the world’s only Dangerologist. He’s here to save us from risks we know exist, such as sharks and tigers; risks that used to exist but don’t any more, such as marauding Vikings; and risks that we didn’t know existed at all, such as walrus pianos and vampire teachers.
Danger Is Everywhere is Zone’s handbook for leading a hazard-free life. Through the use of illustrations and convoluted acronyms, he alerts us to the potential pitfalls of cycling, parties, gardens, shopping and, well, just about anything, and shows us how to avoid them, whether by wearing suitable safety gear, adopting preventive measures, or simply staying in bed.
Comedian David O’Doherty and illustrator Chris Judge have produced a surreal, daft and funny book. It’s a bracing satirical sideswipe at today’s health-and-safety culture, aimed at kids who’ll get the irony and relish the silliness.
Danger is Everywhere, by David O’Doherty and Chris Judge, Puffin, RRP£7.99, 256 pages