I’m afraid you’re soon going to meet a tarantula the size of a kitten. You’re also going to bump into a whopper of a seagull who is the British Champion in Poop Bombing. Not to mention an extraordinary, furry creature whose ancestor once belonged to a notorious pirate captain.
You’re also going to meet a ten-year-old boy called Max, the owner of the tarantula, whose life is about to turn upside down in this nail-biting adventure that includes petnappers and disgusting healthy smoothies! So I am warning you, Dear Reader: Should you decide to read about Max and his animal friends, your life will never be the same again.
Yours sincerely, MK
Before I get started with my thoughts let me clear this up. The Piraroo is a jumble of the words “Pirate” and “kangaroo”, so don’t pronounce it like an American. I did and it took the whole book to get it right ;,)
On to the review… I’ll warn you now, I’m going to gush.
I absolutely loved The Piraroo! This is one of the absolute best middle-grade books I’ve read since… well, probably Jasper Jinx.
I actually had such a fun time reading this I bought copies for my nephews before I was even finished reading it!
In The Piraroo we’re taken on a journey though a child’s loss of a pet, neglectful parents, and the gaining of a new friend. Readers will enjoy watching Max learn to appreciate his sister and learn responsibility. They’ll even love finding that things aren’t always what they seem.
The only thing I didn’t love was Max’s parents. Through much of the story they appear to ignore the kids and it really just hurt my heart.
|Publisher & Date:||July 18th 2018 by CreateSpace|
|ISBN:||1540748758 (ISBN13: 9781540748751)|
|Setting:||Puffington Hill, England|
|Series:||Tales from Puffington Hill, #1|
Jesper Jinx, who first appeared in 2014, is beloved by children all over the world, since books with his wonderfully wicked adventures are already published in several languages.
Marko has written novels and short stories too, and his Finnish novel Meidän maailma (Our World) was shortlisted for the Runeberg Prize in 2009. Born and raised in Finland, he now lives in Eastbourne, England, with his wife and stepdaughter and their two mischievous cats.
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