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Beetle Boy by M G Leonard – review by Safia Cross

Beetle Boy tells the story of Darkus, some newly discovered friends and a whole host of insects.

Darkus’s dad disappears in mysterious circumstances and he has to move house and ends up living next door to the most disgusting neighbours ever.

A giant beetle called Baxter comes to his rescue. But can the two solve the mystery of his dad’s disappearance, especially when links emerge to cruel Lucretia Cutter and her penchant for beetle jewellery? A coffee-mug mountain, home to a million insects, could provide the answer – if Darkus and Baxter are brave enough to find it …

One of our Inkpots, Safia, has reviewed the book for us:

“I think Beetle Boy is an amazing book! I loved all of it! I read it in three days which is the quickest time I’ve ever read a book. I read it so quickly because I couldn’t put it down.

My favourite character is definitely Novak Cutter because I felt sorry for her having such an evil mother – “Mater”! In addition, she was really kind to Darkus helping him find his father.

One thing I didn’t like was the description of Darkus’s dad when he was going to hospital – it made me feel quite sick. I also thought how Lucretia Cutter treated her daughter was a bit gruesome. I didn’t understand all the latin words and names for the beetles. I think the author could have explained them a bit more.

I liked how what I thought was going to happen was completely different to what actually happened. My favourite part was when Humphrey and Pickering drank the champagne with the sleeping pills in, and Humphrey fell asleep on Pickering’s legs and in the morning his ankles were broken!

My favourite beetle was Hepburn because I love rainbows and she seemed really cute.

I thought the book had incredible descriptions and all the characters felt real. I found it so cool how the author, M G Leonard, came up with the idea of super-human genetic beetles. I was very impressed.

I’ve definitely become fascinated by beetles and all their names and colours after reading this book. I would absolutely recommend this book to all my friends and my family because I think the book would be great for anyone. This book is now my favourite.

Age range: 8 – 12 years.         mark


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