Reluctant Reviews: Rory Brannigan and Funny Kid

I love it when I get reviews from children who do not usually read. To start the new year of reviews I have been lucky enough to have a contribution from a reluctant reader who found some time to tell me about his two recent reads.

Name of Book: Rory Branangan Detective

Author of Book: Andrew Clover and Ralph Lazar

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Age of Reviewer:12 

What is the book about? This book is about a detective named Rory who can’t find his dad, he is on a mission but gets sidetracked when a man passes out.

Who is your favourite character and why? My favourite character is Wilkins who is Rory’s neighbour’s dog, he is a sausage dog.

What is your favourite part of the book? My favourite part of the book is where Rory and Connor made an Olympic stadium out of their leftover smoothie boxes for Connor’s guinea pigs.

Why is this book better than other books? I like this book because it is about a detective and there are not many kids detective book.

Name of Book: Funny Kid for President

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Author of Book: Matt Stanton

Name of Reviewer: Kamden H

Age of Reviewer:12

What is the book about? This book is about a funny kid named Max who runs for class president against his enemy Abby who is really smart. And finds out that she is not his only enemy and then he teams up with Abby and tries to beat Layla who is the teacher’s pet.

Who is your favorite character and why? The Duck is my favorite character because he spends the whole book following max around and driving him crazy.

What is your favorite part of the book? My favourite part of the book is where someone finds fake ballot papers to switch with the real one after everyone votes.

Why is this book better than other books? I really enjoyed this book because it was really funny and the story is about something kids might go through themselves.

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Funny Kid for President – Very Funny

Funny Kid for President by Matt Stanton

Reviewer Sam loved Did you take the B from my _ook?, so when I had an opportunity to read funny kid for president also by Matt Stanton I jumped at it, even though the jokey kid/reluctant reader is not really my thing.

I approached my book review this week with hope and more than a little trepidation, and after the first chapter I was going a

little more with trepidation than hope. The first chapter was all about poop. I get that kids find poop really funny, but me…. well I just cringed my way through the first chapter wondering if I could even finish the book! But finish the book I did. There are more ‘poop like’ moments that I as an adult did not appreciate but kids will find hilarious, but this book is so much more than that.

Matt does not get on with his teacher, and so finds himself in the race for class president which he is determined to win just to get back at Mr Armstrong. But things don’t go to plan, and Matt finds himself working with his campaign manager Hugo, his arch enemy Abby Purcell and a duck towards a surprising election conclusion. The story is fast paced and the illustrations are integral to the story line, which is great for reluctant readers and younger children who want to stretch themselves alike (the book is aged for 8+). And it is funny! Even I found myself laughing and smiling. But most importantly for me it is a great story about rivalry and friendship packaged in a great way that kids will want to read.

With Christmas coming up this is a great gift idea, and I even know a couple of children who may find this in their Christmas present.

 

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There is a Monster on My Holiday Who Farts – Picture Book Fun

There is a Monster on my Holiday Who Farts

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by Tim Miller and Matt Stanton

(Reviewed by Tahj aged 5 and starting school next year)

Who knew there was a monster who farts? Well Tahj did! Apparently There is a Monster Under my Bed Who Farts is one of his favourite books. After talking to Tahj I did some research and found the farting monster can also be found under the Christmas Tree, and now he is going on Holiday in Tim Miller and Matt Stantons’ new offering.

I have to admit as an female adult I do not really get the fart thing, but I enjoyed the puns in this book and the illustrations are beautiful. I then tried it on our 10 year old reviewer Sam, who also liked the puns and thought the book was ok, but he preferred Matt Stanton’s Did you take  the B From My _ook?

With our luke-warm reaction I then decided to go the the target audience. Tahj sat down and read the book with me and laughed and enjoyed it so much he wanted to take the book home. Finally I had found a lover of the Fart Monster. Tajh says what he likes most is the farting and the pictures. What I enjoyed about reading the book to Tahj was his enjoyment and I still liked the puns.

Why not have a look for yourself in the promotional video below?

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