Thursday, 3 March 2016

REVIEW: BEETLE BOY BY M.G. LEONARD



Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Darkus Cuttle’s search for his kidnapped father leads him to discover a mountain of extraordinary beetles, and pits him against the mad-scientist of the fashion world, Lucretia Cutter, an haute couture villainess with an alarming interest in insects. 


Review: Can we all just take a moment to enjoy the page edges? Look at those beetles! The world can never have too many beautiful books!

While Beetle Boy is aimed at younger children and not for people in their 20's I can't help but loving this one. After reading the synopsis I really don't think it would have been one that I would normally go for, but when working in a bookshop you have a range of wonderful staff that are constantly telling you about their amazing reads. This is one of the staffs favourites at the moment. I just had to find out what all the fuss was about. Now I know!

Drarkus is a wonderful character with a brilliant plot. The story reminds me of 101 Dalmatians with a Cruella De Vil type character which gets the reader screaming at the book in anger (and a little bit of fear). Lucretia Cutter is the scariest children's Villain I've come across in a long time.

The writing style reminds me a bit of David Walliams. Lovers of his work will enjoy this one just as much. 

This would be the perfect book for children learning about beetles as Beetle Boy teaches without you know you're being taught.


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