‘Anty Hero,’ by Barry Hutchison, illustrations by Tom Percival.

Heroes come in all shapes and disguises!


Zac used to be the least popular boy in school. Until the super-weird Ant arrived. His clothes are filthy, he had a cockroach in his hair and he insists on wearing enormous green sunglasses because ‘his eyes are sensitive to the light.’ So what’s really behind those lenses…?

When his science teacher manages to catch a glimpse of what lurks behind the lenses, Ant’s in trouble. Big trouble! But can his friends and an army of minibeasts rescue him?

Book Boy read this before me and dubbed it: ‘fast-paced and exciting.’ I’d be inclined to agree! I loved unlikely friendships, bugs and the slightly dark ‘mad scientist’ twist.  Just the kind of cracking collaboration you’d expect between the award-winning Barry Hutchison and accessible publishers Barrington Stoke.

Library Girl.

*Many thanks to Barrington Stoke for sending me this title to review*

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