This week’s review is brought to you by my brother Book Boy Junior (aged 10).
Title: Bear Grylls Adventures (The Desert Challenge)
Author: Bear Grylls
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
About the book: This book is about a girl named Sophie who finds a mysterious compass that transports her to a desert where Bear Grylls is waiting to guide her back to safety. It’s good because it teaches you some survival skills that might not know.
What I thought: I thought this book was a page-turner. I read it in a couple of nights – it felt as though it went really quickly, and left me with a taste for more. I really liked the things that I learnt about the desert and the things I learnt about surviving.
Did you know, for instance, that if you’re in a desert and you find a dry lake or river, it can flash flood? So if you dig down, you’ll probably find a good supply of water buried under the surface!
I would recommend the book for kids aged 6+, and I think girls would enjoy it as much as boys because the main character is a girl. If you like a short, fast-paced book, this one is for you, and I look forward to reading others in the series. BBJ
Buy Bear Grylls Adventures (The Desert Challenge) here.
This week’s book review is brought to you by Book Boy Junior (aged 9).
Title: Danny Best: Never Wrong
Author: Jen Storer (Illustrated by Mitch Vane)
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
About the book: This book is about a kid named Danny Best and he has lots of crazy adventures with his friends, such as spying on girls and writing a story that’s about lizard people that spit acid out of their eyeballs. The book is divided into lots of funny little stories with a quiz at the end of each one.
What I thought: I really liked this book. Each of the stories is different, and totally unrelated to the one before it – except that Danny is the star of all of them. The quizzes are challenging sometimes, particularly if you don’t read the whole story in one night. Danny is a very ‘out there’ character who gets away with crazy stuff.
I would recommend this book for boys and girls aged 7+. If you like Anh Do books or the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney you will probably like this book.
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Title: Artie and The Grime Wave
Author and illustrator: Richard Roxburgh
Publisher: Allen and Unwin
This week I am handing over to Book Boy Junior (9) for the review.
About the book: While Artie and his best friend Bumshoe are riding to town to replace Artie’s shoes (which were thrown on a power line), they stumble upon a cave of possibly stolen stuff! They try to get proof that it’s stolen and get themselves captured so they have to escape. Lots of other funny things happen.
What I thought: This book was exciting and very funny. The illustrations are detailed and really add to the book. My favourite character was Mary, who is a scary guy with a tattoo on his face.
I would recommend the book for ages 7-9. If you like Anh Do’s books or the Tom Gates series, I think you would also like this book.
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Title: The 78-Storey Treehouse
Author: Andy Griffiths
Illustrator: Terry Denton
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
About the book: Andy and Terry are back at it again in their ‘spectacular 78-storey treehouse’. They’ve added 13 new levels, including an all-ball sports stadium, a combining machine, a high-security potato chip storage facility and an open-air movie theatre.
When a big-shot Hollywood director decides to make a movie without Andy in it, trouble inevitably results.
What I thought: I thought that this was a good, light read. I’ve read all of the Treehouse series and this one does not fail to live up to the Andy Griffiths/Terry Denton humour, although I have to say that the illustrations are my favourite part of the books (sorry Andy!).
Fans will love the new book, and new readers will probably be begging to read the other five books in the Treehouse series. I recommend this book for ages 7+.
Buy The 78-Storey Treehouse here.
Title: The Turners
Author: Mick Elliott
Publisher: Lothian Books
I’m handing over to Book Boy Junior (aged 9) for this review.
About the book: Leo Lennox has an epic problem. You’d think that growing a tail in the middle of the school library would be the worst thing that could happen to you, but Leo is about to discover that things can always get worse and a whole lot weirder… (in a really funny way).
What I thought: Leo is funny – he’s not crazy, in fact, he’s sensible (kind of), but the way he thinks is funny. He’s surprised when a family secret comes out on his birthday, and the story is really adventurous.
I thought this book was really exciting because there were always shape-shifters and different surprises just around the corner.
Mick Elliott has a great imagination and I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
I recommend this book for kids aged 8-11.
Buy The Turners here.
Title: My life and other massive mistakes
Author: Tristan Bancks
Illustrator: Gus Gordon
Publisher: Random House Australia
About the book: My life and other massive mistakes is a series of short stories, much like the Just series by Andy Griffiths. Tom Weekly is the main character in these stories and some of the hilarious antics he gets up to include: extracting his teeth for money, helping his Pop escape a nursing home and using someone else’s nits to try and shut down his school.
What I thought: This is an extremely funny book by a fantastic author. I particularly like how the stories are funny, flow well and are easy to read. I would recommend this book for ages 8+, though good readers of 7+ would also enjoy it. I give this book 8/10 and am looking forward to reading others in the series.
Buy My Life And Other Massive Mistakes here.
Title: Countdown to Danger: Shockwave
Author: Jack Heath
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
About the book: This is a Choose Your Own Adventure book, part of the Countdown to Danger series. The story begins in a surf camp, and the reader has decisions to make at the end of each chapter. The book is written in second person, making the reader the main character of the story.
What I thought: The book is written well (I think books like this would be hard to write!) and I read it several times for different storylines. I thought that some of the decisions you had to make were quite difficult and it was a fun book – almost like playing a game.
I would recommend the book for ages 7+ – I think boys would enjoy these storylines the most. Kids who like adventure and making up their own stories will really like this book.
Buy Countdown To Danger: Shockwave here.
Title: Tiny Timmy: Soccer Superstar
Author: Tim Cahill
When I received this book to review, I realised straight away that it would be perfect for my nine-year-old brother – he’s a soccer player and he likes funny books. So I asked him (let’s call him Book Boy Junior aka BBJ) to read it, and this is what he thought of Tiny Timmy: Soccer Superstar.
“I thought this book was really exciting. Being a soccer player and lover I really enjoyed how Timmy was always improving his game, and I liked the descriptions of the game. The book was easy to read and really well set out.
“The book was also funny – one example was when Timmy was the orange boy and he was walking down the street with the bag of oranges but there was a hole in the bag. As he walked, a dog came behind him and ate all of the oranges!
“I read a lot of the book aloud to my mum, and she thought it was good, too.
“I would recommend this book for 7-9 year olds who like soccer.”
Thank you BBJ!
Buy Tiny Timmy Soccer Superstar.
Title: Weirdo 3 (Extra Weird!)
Author: Anh Do
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Weir Do is back and this time he is weirder than ever! This time his dad is working on cool dance moves for the local talent quest while Weir is trying out for the school soccer team. As usual, everything is funny!
I thought this was a really good book aimed at ages 6+. It was funny and well-written for a book of this type. I’ve read the other two books in this series and they’ve all been really good. Weirdo 3 is an easy read with an easy-to-follow storyline. The books are really all about the jokes and #3 constantly kept me laughing.
I think you would like this book if you like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Captain Underpants and Eric Vale: Epic Fail.
Buy Weird do: Extra Weird.