It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time


113 pages
ISBN 0-380-77934-X
DDC jC813'.54




Reviewed by Lorraine Douglas

Lorraine Douglas is the youth services co-ordinator at the Winnipeg
Public Library.


This reissue of Godfrey’s wacky novel (first published by Tree Frog in
1987) has an appealing cover and format. Michael has just moved to
Edmonton from Buffalo, New York. Two reporters for the school paper
persuade him to dress up as a girl named “Michelle” and get the
scoop on an “all-girl” party for the paper. Michael finds that he
really likes the party’s hostess, Judy, and doesn’t want to trick
her. But when he sees her with another boy he decides to go ahead with
the conspiracy.

Godfrey’s comical and lively story moves at a quick pace as it
follows a neat twist of events. Readers who liked Paul Kropp’s
Ellen/Elena/Luna will enjoy Michael’s masquerade and change in
identities. Recommended.


Godfrey, Martyn., “It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed May 30, 2024,