Morris Gleitzman communicates his idea that life needs to be lived to the full but also be there for someone to fall back on in a situation of life and death through the events of his novel. In particular, when Colin saw what Ted was doing for Griff and Colin realised that he had to be there for his brother who he was always jealous of. This proves that Colin definitely changed during the book because at the start he was jealous of his brother and at the end of the book he was eager to fly back to Australia to be there for his brother who has got cancer, Luke.
The author gets the message across with the character in this book when Colin went to England to get help from the queen, but when he gets to grips with reality, he wants to be with his brother.”
Gleitzman gets his message across with humour by making subtle jokes, for instance ” The businessman gave another grunt of pain, ” Is that a bit of cancer” Asked Colin. The author gives a little bit of enlightenment under the seriousness of the matter.
Overall I believe that this book has been created with an incredible amount of thought and care. I especially thought that the title could only be understood if you read the book.