Review: Chance Of A Lifetime

The Izzy Folau series, reviewed by a kidThis week’s book review comes from Book Boy Junior, aged 10.

Title: Chance Of A Lifetime (Izzy Folau series, book #1)

Author: David Harding with Izzy Folau

Publisher: Random House Australia

About the book: This book is about two very different boys in a rugby union rep team. One of them, Sione, doesn’t want to be there at all, while the other, Daniel, wants to win at all costs. The story is about what happens when they meet – and when they meet Wallabies player Izzy Folau.

What I thought: I really liked this book because I am playing my first season of rugby union. It’s very entertaining and exciting, because of the descriptions of the rugby games.

My favourite characters in the book were Sione, who is really calm and has a great step, and, of course, Izzy Folau, who even offers some training tips about passing in the book.

I would recommend this book for ages 8+. You don’t need to be interested in rugby union to enjoy it, but I think it would help.

Buy Chance Of A Lifetime here.

6 books I would give my little brother for Christmas

Books I would give my little brother for Christmas bookboy.com.auWith Christmas coming, I thought it might be helpful to share some books I think would be good to give as gifts. Book Boy Junior is my nine-year-old brother, and these are some books I think would be good for him, or any other nine-year-old boy.

Click the title link to read more about the book at Booktopia.

The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee by Deborah Abela. My blogging friend Jazzy reviewed this one and it sounds really good.

Danny Best: Never Wrong by Jen Storer and Mitch Vane. I’m actually not going to give him this one because he’s already reading it to review for the blog, but he’s liking it so I think that other little brothers would also like it.

The Turners: Camp Freakout by Mick Elliott. Book Boy Junior loved the first book in this series (his review is here), and this is the second.

Space Demons by Gillian Rubenstein. I read about this book on Children’s Books Daily, which is a website where I sometimes review books. Lily, who reviewed the book, made it sound really interesting, so I think I would give it to Book Boy Junior so I could read it myself.

Adam Spencer’s Number Crunchers by Adam Spencer. If you read my review of Adam Spencer’s Big Book Of Numbers, you would know how much I like this author. This new book has lots of games and puzzles in it and I think Book Boy Junior would really like it.

The Unforgettable What’s His Name by Paul Jennings. I thought that this book would be perfect for my brother because it is funny, clever and imaginative, much like all of Paul Jennings’s other books.

Other books that little brothers might like that we have already reviewed (click links for reviews):

Artie and The Grime Wave by Richard Roxburgh

The 78-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

The Other Christy by Oliver Phommavanh

Ranger’s Apprentice: The Tournament at Gorlan by John Flanagan

My Life And Other Massive Mistakes by Tristan Bancks and Gus Gordon

Countdown To Danger: Shockwave by Jack Heath

The Impossible Quest by Kate Forsyth

Tiny Timmy: Soccer Superstar by Tim Cahill

Weirdo 3: Extra Weird by Anh Do (and Jules Faber)

Review: Tiny Timmy: Soccer Superstar

Tiny Timmy review by kidTitle: Tiny Timmy: Soccer Superstar

Author: Tim Cahill

Publisher: Scholastic

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.