Book review: The Astounding Broccoli Boy, by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Boyce, Frank Cottrell.  The Astounding Broccoli Boy.  Walden Pond Press/HarperCollins Publishers, 2015.  384 pages, $17.89. ISBN:  978-0-06-240017-8.  Ages 8-12. Grades 3-7.  P7 Q9

boyce-broccoli-boyThis book grabbed my attention from the first page.  Rory Rooney compares his life with that of a superhero.  He even has an arch nemesis.  On top of everything else he keeps referring back to a book Don’t be Scared, Be Prepared.  What could prepare him for turning green?  Even with all the uncertainty of being broccoli green, he seems to, at least in his mind, have super powers. Each chapter starts with phrases you would see in comic books.  Throughout the reading of this book, I was giggling and amused at all the shenanigans that Rory got himself into.  This book is recommended for grades 3-7.  This would be a great book for a whole class read in upper elementary.  And, I think even early high school would love this book.  The characters build throughout this story, the writing flows and the plot leaves you wondering what is going to happen next.  Frank Cottrell Boyce has also written Cosmic, Framed, and MillionsMillions was also made into a movie.

March 2016 review by Fawn Ferguson.

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