We were lucky enough recently to be sent copies of the first two ShoutyKid books by Simon Mayle to review, and as with a couple of other treats they have had recently through my blogging such as their Veggie Trump cards and the tickets for Horrible Histories at the Hall For Cornwall in a couple of weeks, this little parcel made my boys decide that blogging really is the coolest job.
When it comes to reading in our house, my children are at the stage where they don’t really want me to read them a bedtime story any more, which I do feel a little bit sad about! They prefer to spend an extra ten minutes outside playing with their friends, or on the Xbox than on an extended bedtime routine. When they were younger, there was nothing quite like snuggly bedtime story time, with them both in pyjamas smelling delicious straight from the bath, all cuddled up on my bed for a story.
Nothing stays the same though, they are growing up fast and this means that their reading tastes, and the way that they want to read has also changed. The Gruffalo (my personal favourite and theirs for years) is out, as are Mr Men and anything else that they now deem to be for babies, and more grown up books like Big Nate and Beast Quest are firm favourites.
They do still read every day, but mostly because they are supposed to for school, and I am now read to rather than the reader! However when the ShoutyKid books arrived, they were keen to start reading them straight away, and agreed between them that they would both read four pages to me at a time, and we all snuggled up together under a blanket…just like old times.
Unlike their reading for school, I haven’t had to remind them about reading the ShoutyKid books, in fact they remind me, and keep asking if they can just read one more lot of four pages each when I try to tell them it is bedtime! We’ve finished the first book ‘How Harry Riddles Made A Mega-Amazing Zombie Movie’, and have almost finished the second (well sneakily I have read all of it, but they don’t know I read ahead so sssh) and they have both been laughing and nodding their heads at bits that they identify with.
The main character Harry Riddles is 10, lives in Cornwall (a fact which they love) and wants a job that involves ‘gaming’ when he is older, which would be both of my son’s dream job at the moment! In fact my eldest Fin, has decided that he pretty much is Harry the ShoutyKid, which considering the love both of them have for the Xbox, that they were both born in the same hospital, and my eldest having real volume issues at times (shouty is definitely an apt description). I find this hard to argue with.
The ShoutyKid books are told through emails, letters, texts and online forum chats between Harry and his cousin Charley and between Harry and various other people including not only his friends and family, but also a whole host of famous people including David Cameron, Lily Allen, and Prince William and Kate, to name just a few! Here’s a little sample of the type of the letter’s that Harry writes..
Dear David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband, hi there
Do you get nervous when you have to give a speech? I’m doing a talk at school about this awesome game I built called Zombie Show Jumping, but what if I forget my words or have to go to the toilet part way through? Has that ever happened to you? GBTM soon.
Good luck and have fun
The books are very funny, and show you life through the eyes of a ten-year old boy, and believe me having a 9-year-old and a ten-year old myself, I am fully aware of the funny things that go on in their minds, we have the most random conversations in our house! I won’t tell you too much about the stories, as I wouldn’t want to ruin it for you, but the books include Harry’s ingenious ideas of how to get rid of his annoying older sister, his struggle to get more gaming time (we evil parents aren’t that keen on 24/7 gaming) and pretty much the life of a ten-year old boy – he’s starting to notice girls, is competitive, a little bit cheeky, and thinks he can rule the world if only he had the money and the Queen would let him house share!
The boys have already told me that they want me to buy the third book when it is available to buy in August this year.
Fin’s Thoughts on ShoutyKid so far….
ShoutyKid is just like me because I play on the Xbox a lot, and it is in my top 3 favourite books now!
Harley’s Thoughts on ShoutyKid so far…
ShoutyKid is one of my favourite books and I want to read more of it. I hope there are more books because it is awesome!
I knew they would love the books as soon as I saw the Zombies on the cover, exactly their sort of thing. As well as sending us two books for free (thank you again!), we have also been allowed to host a competition for one lucky person to win their own copy of the second book (which was my favourite one out of the two!)! Entry is via the rafflecopter below, you do have to comment telling me what yours or your child’s favourite book is at the moment to enter, all other entries are optional, but will gain you extra entries and chances to win this brilliant book!
If you don’t win, or can’t wait to win, then both of the first two books can be bought at Amazon by clicking HERE