Friday, 13 June 2014

Shoutykid Book Review

We were recently sent a copy of Shoutykid - How Harry Riddles Made a Mega-Amazing Zombie Movie by Simon Mayle for DS2 to review.

The book is about 10 year old Harry Riddles who writes some very funny letters to the Queen, Harry Styles and even applies to Dragons Den to try and get some help following his father's redundancy.  The book is written in a series of letters, e-mails and text messages, mainly between Harry and his cousin.  Harry is very attached to his Xbox and doesn't want to sell it despite his family's financial problems and he plans to use any celebrity help he gets to make a zombie movie so that he can save his family and get things back on track.

Harry also likes a girl at school called Jessica, and in a bid to try and impress her he writes to some more famous people to ask if they'll come and watch the school play (which Jessica is starring in).  As with his other letters, he doesn't always get the response he hopes for.

This book is pitched perfectly for DS2, who at nearly nine years old can relate to some of Harry's problems (as well as his love of Xbox).

So, what did DS2 think?

"The book was great!  I liked that there were zombies in it and Xbox too.  Harry's idea for a zombie movie was very cool, and it was funny when he turned his sister into a zombie in it.  I thought it was good when him and his cousin got the bully banned from World of Zombies - I wish I could play that game, it sounds fun.  I'd give this book 10 out of 10!"


In addition to the book, there is also a Shoutykid website with more information about the book, Harry's blog and resources for children to use once they've read the story.  You can buy the book from Amazon and at its current price it is a bit of a bargain as it retails for £6.99 usually.  Having had a quick read myself, I think it would make a really good birthday party gift for DS2's class mates (9 is a bit of a difficult age for presents I find).  It certainly held his interest and made a really nice change seeing him read in the sunshine we've had recently, rather than playing on the Xbox!

You can also watch the trailer for the book here to find out more.

We were sent a copy of Shoutykid - How Harry Riddles Made a Mega-Amazing Zombie Movie for the purpose of this review.  All words and opinions are our own.

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