You know it’s a good book when it’s whisked away from under your nose when it drops out of the envelope and this is your view for the rest of the day! This was my view of Book Boy when ‘Stick Boy’ arrived at our house:
As you can probably imagine, life is not easy when you look as Stick Boy does – a 2D boy in a 3D world. Life is not made any easier when you keep having to move house and start over at new schools all the time. Making new friends and avoiding the bullies takes on a whole new level of difficulty when you stick out so obviously.
But it turns out that being the newest kid is the least of Stick Boy’s problems. The arrival of the Mega Mall, a host of HomeBot super spies, and a super villain make life a lot more complicated!
I absolutely loved this book! The clever premise of putting a 2D boy in a 3D world allowed for some brilliant ‘physical comedy’ which I have seen in a middle grade title before. The stick person nature of the main character also means that at times he almost literally wears his heart on his sleeve – it’s very difficult for him to hide his true feelings.
The plentiful supply of comic book-style illustrations, humorous twists and turns, and exploration of themes relevant to its readership (friendship, family and sentient robots!), make this a sure-fire hit with reluctant readers, fans of funny, and anyone who enjoys highly illustrated titles such as the Tom Gates or Wimpy Kid series. 8+
This is what Book Boy had to say: “This book is twisty and turny and VERY funny. Stick Boy can do some seriously weird stuff!”
*Many thanks to Little Tiger Press for sending us this title to review*