On a school night, at bedtime we all get into Bradley's bed to share a book. We do 15 minutes of reading, taking turns to read a page each.
We were very excited to start Shoutykid by Simon Mayle*.
Since the World Cup was on, it was just Bradley & I for book time. :)
So, Shoutykid is based on a 10 year old gaming obsessed boy called Harry Riddles. His Dad loses his job. Scared that he may have to move schools if they lose their house, Harry comes up with an amazing plan. He'll make a Zombie movie. It'll be massive! It'll fix everything! But he needs help, and money. So he sets out contacting famous people. Surely Harry Styles will want to help? And the Queen must have loads of money to spare?
The whole book is written in the form of emails, letters, texts and forum messages rather than the usual narrative of a standard book, which breaks up the story and makes it much easier to read. It's also great for keeping the concentration on the book. This and the eye catching illustrated cover, I personally think it's a perfect book for 9+ year olds.
Myself, I enjoyed the plot and I thought the modern format in which it was written was a great idea but I was a little underwhelmed at the ending, I felt it was a bit rushed. But that maybe just a grown ups point of view :)
So, I'm handing over to Bradley [age 10] for his views on Shoutykid:
What did you think of the cover?
It was eye-catching, it made me want to read it.
What did you think of the fact that the story was written differently; using letters, emails, messages etc.?
I didn't really like the letters I would prefer it written as a story.
What is the story about?
Harry's family has money troubles and so he asks famous people for help making a zombie movie.
What did you think of the main character, Harry?
He was funny, especially when he was asking famous people for help.
What was your favourite part?
I liked it when Harry's cousin kicked his enemy Ed Bigstock off the World of Zombies forum.
What did you really like about the book?
Harry sounded a lot like me, 10 years old and loves his computer.
Is there anything you didn't like about the book?
I didn't really like how it was written in letters.
Would you recommend the book to your friends?
Yes, I think they would enjoy it.
Shoutykid was released by HarperCollins last month and is available in all good book stores, for £6.99.
But, before you splash out, HarperCollins have given the lovely readers of TheBrunetteSays... the chance to WIN their very own copy! To be in with a chance, just answer this question in the comment box below:
If you could write to ONE famous person, and were guaranteed a reply, who would you write to and what would you ask them?
Winner will be announced at the end of July.
Read more about the book, and check out some Shoutykid resources at www.shoutykid.co.uk.
As Harry Riddles would sign out, Good Luck and Have Fun!!
*PR sample sent for our honest review
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