We love getting books to review, and there’s something extra special about getting samplers of books before they have even hit the shelves.
Our book to review this week was King Coo, the debut novel by author Adam Stower, whose picture book ‘Sing a Song of Bottoms’ raised squeals of laughter from the boys when we borrowed it from the library last year.
The book was sent so we could write about it on the Love Reading review site, but as we liked it a great deal I am including the review here too:
King Coo taps into every fantasy my kids have. The underdog hero, Ben, escapes a nasty group of bullies and meets the mysterious and mischievous bearded girl King Coo. Ben finds himself in a forest that could have been designed by children, with an extraordinary treehouse, long water slides into pools, heaps of anarchic fun, and even a friendly wombat.
The book is aimed at upper primary aged children but, with author Adam Stower’s captivating pictures on almost every page, my five year old was just as taken with the book as my older boy. Unlike most reading books with pictures, in King Coo the images and the dialogue within them are designed to be read as part of the narrative, which is great for young readers as it makes the flow of the book easier to understand.
King Coo is divided into small chapters ending on enough of a cliff hanger to have young readers anxious to turn the page and find out what happens next. The sampler we read certainly had my boys asking for more and they have picked up the book several times to chuckle over the pictures once again.
We have so many questions after reading the sampler – what has been making holes all over the town, is the Mayor really going to pay one ba-jillion pounds to the person who solves the mystery, and what is Ben going to do about those bullies? We’re looking forwards immensely to finding out.
Notes: we received the sampler of KIng Coo to review on the Love Reading site and are looking forward to receiving the full version when it is published. All opinions are my own, or that of my little reviewers Ollie and Toby.