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Beetle Boy Paperback – Illustrated, 14 Jan 2002
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'The artwork is quirky and bizarre but child-friendly, with lots of detail and colour on every spread.' -- FT
'You couldn't ask for a hipper book' -- FT
'this is an irresistible book.' -- Sunday Telegraph
Gregory Sampson woke one morning to discover that he had become a giant beetle. He had a large, purple-brown beetle body. He had two long beetle antennae. And six, thin, hairy beetle legs.' 'Gregory, get dressed and come down for breakfast,' his dad called. When Gregory Sampson wakes up one day to find he has become a beetle, he is pretty upset. But what is more upsetting is that nobody notices! Not his mother, not his father, not his sister, not his teacher. Only his best friend Michael realises that Gregory is now a beetle. Together, they try and work out what to do. This is a brilliantly funny story that has deceptively complex messages, touching on relationships within the family, self-confidence and how others perceive you. A classic of the future. "Better than Pokemon. I sent this to my eight year old nephew and I hear he's very upset that he's not Beetle Boy. He's memorised much of the book already. It's replaced Pokemon as his reason for living." - A customer from Amazon.com.See all Product description
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Darkus is the young boy in question, he has lost his mother, and now his father a director of a natural history museum goes missing. Darkus knows something is very wrong, and his Uncle Max arrives takes him into his home. Next door are two very interesting cousins who have a very large beetle collection. Darkus finds a large black beetle he names Baxter, and he takes center stage in helping Darkus and the other beetles search for Darkus's dad.
Every story deserves a villain, and in this one we have Madame Lucretia Cutter. She is an evil woman looks for particular beetles, and this is just one more hurdle to overcome. Darkus and his friends consider all the odds and push on. 'Beetle Boy' is the first book in a trilogy. What I really liked about this book was that it does not leave us in suspense waiting for the next book. My grandson and I really liked all the information about beetles, much more than either of us ever expected, this is a real plus. An entertaining and educational book is what I look for in my grandson's age group. He is an avid reader, and retains information exceptionally well. This book more than met both of our criteria for qa good book.
Recommended. prisrob 01-25-16
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