Boys are notoriously tricky to engage with reading, which is one reason Megan loves sharing book reviews from young blogger Book Boy. The following three books for boys are all reviewed by Book Boy Jr (aged 10), who contributes occasionally to his older brother’s blog. All are by Australian authors.
Title: D-Bot Squad: Dino Hunter
Author: Mac Park
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
About the book: This is book one of a new series. A boy named Hunter discovers a secret about the librarian at his school, and about his favourite thing – dinosaurs. What follows is a big adventure.
What I thought: I thought it was a good book because I like dinosaurs. It’s good for younger kids (5+) as it is short and quick, and I found it an easy read. It’s very exciting and won’t leave you bored.
If you like dinosaurs, this is for you, and I can see younger boys really enjoying it. I think it’s good that it’s a series too, because if they like the first one, there are seven more to read, with the first four out now, and two more coming soon.
Title: Artie and The Grime Wave
Author and illustrator: Richard Roxburgh
Publisher: Allen and Unwin
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: Pixel Raiders #1: Dig World
Author: Bajo & Hex (ill, Chris Kennett)
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
About the book: Pixel Raiders #1 is about a young boy named Rip and a young girl named Mei. They are sent to a gaming contest for school, and the winners get to play a new game that hasn’t yet been released. Rip and Mei are so eager to beat each other that they don’t realise that others are beating them, and they lose the competition.
When a mysterious parcel arrives, containing the new game and a VR headset, they put it on and don’t realise that they are trapped in the game, called Dig World.
What I thought: I enjoyed this book a lot! It might be scary for younger readers, with the realisation that Rip and Mei are trapped in the game, but it’s also very exciting. I liked how the story reminded me of Minecraft and those sorts of games, and I never wanted to stop reading because I wanted to find out what would happen. Because I read at night, it left me lying in bed wondering what would happen next.
My favourite character was Rip because he was always so brave, no matter what was happening.
I would recommend this book for ages 9+ as it can be a bit scary at times. If you like playing games, or the show Good Game (the authors are the presenters of that show), you would like this book.
I already have the second book in the Pixel Raiders series (Dragon Land) and can’t wait to read it!
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