The ShoutyKid Book Review

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.

ShoutyKid front covers -

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.

ShoutyKid Book Backs -

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


Harry Riddles

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.

My ShoutyKids -

My ShoutyKids

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

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  1. Tracy Nixon
    5 April 2015 / 3:26 pm

    My favourite book at the mo is The Island by Victoria Hislop. My four children love their books and have lots of favourites. My two eldest boys have read ShoutyKid – the first book so would love to read this one. Thank you for the giveaway and Happy Easter.

    • 5 April 2015 / 5:07 pm

      Happy Easter to you as well, and good luck!

      Stevie :)

  2. Mark Palmer
    5 April 2015 / 4:17 pm

    Mr Stink

    • 5 April 2015 / 5:07 pm

      My youngest loves that one, good luck!

      Stevie :)

  3. katie w
    5 April 2015 / 4:29 pm

    The Jolly Postman, i loved it as a kid and my little ones love it as well.

    • 5 April 2015 / 5:27 pm

      Brilliant choice :) Good Luck,

      Stevie :)

  4. laura banks
    5 April 2015 / 5:20 pm

    not sure of the name but my son is reading a book about zombies at the moment

    • 5 April 2015 / 5:27 pm

      Sounds like my boys kind of book! Good Luck,

      Stevie :)

  5. iain maciver
    5 April 2015 / 6:58 pm

    the gruffalo

    • 5 April 2015 / 8:37 pm

      That’s definitely my favourite children’s book! Good Luck

      Stevie :)

  6. Miss Tracy Hanson
    5 April 2015 / 7:03 pm

    Well, we’ve just started on Noddy. :)

    • 5 April 2015 / 8:39 pm

      My two never really got in to Noddy, it was Thomas the Tank Engine for them when they were really small! Good Luck!

      Stevie :)

  7. claire nutman
    5 April 2015 / 7:30 pm

    Our son loves the Harry Potter collections x

    • 5 April 2015 / 8:41 pm

      I’m a Potter fan as well, my boys are but only the films for them! Good Luck!

      Stevie :)

  8. Ashleigh Allan
    5 April 2015 / 7:51 pm

    Fantastic mr fox!

    • 5 April 2015 / 8:45 pm

      Good choice! ;) Good Luck,

      Stevie :)

  9. Karen Barrett
    5 April 2015 / 8:01 pm

    The Railway Children for me and Suzie’s Shoes for Ellie

    • 5 April 2015 / 8:47 pm

      I don’t think I’ve heard of Suzie’s shoes? Probably because I have boys I expect, good luck!

      Stevie :)

  10. Jess
    5 April 2015 / 8:45 pm

    Our favourite book is Harry Potter! We are on book six now – that’s a lot of reading :-) xxx

    • 5 April 2015 / 8:49 pm

      My boys love the films, but I’m the only one who has read the books. I loved them!

      Stevie :)

  11. Lea
    5 April 2015 / 8:55 pm

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are popular with my son at the moment.

    • 5 April 2015 / 9:01 pm

      My boys like these as well, and the films – although they drove me mad with the ‘cheese touch’ for ages! Good Luck,

      Stevie :)

  12. claire woods
    6 April 2015 / 10:54 am

    Charlie & the Chocolate Factory

  13. Paula Readings
    6 April 2015 / 1:06 pm

    we liked ‘Diary of a wimpy kid’ the books & films are fab.

  14. Lesley Bradley
    6 April 2015 / 10:38 pm

    Duck in the Truck!

  15. gemma brown
    7 April 2015 / 10:48 am

    at the moment my eldest is making his way through beast quest

    • 7 April 2015 / 10:56 pm

      My boys love them ☺ good luck,Stevie ☺

  16. Laura Pritchard
    7 April 2015 / 7:15 pm

    My son loves the Dinosaur series, Dinosaur Dig, Dinosaur Zoom etc

  17. Rich Tyler
    9 April 2015 / 11:24 am

    The Gruffalo Or Anything With Cars / Dinosaurs! :)

  18. Diana
    13 April 2015 / 12:19 am

    Frozen Book :)

  19. 13 April 2015 / 6:37 am

    I’d imagine this has been a popular one this year! Good luck,

    Stevie :)

  20. Laura
    13 April 2015 / 8:10 pm


    • 13 April 2015 / 9:12 pm

      I loved that book when I was younger, and the film was good too :) Good Luck!

      Stevie :)

  21. Patricia Avery
    13 April 2015 / 8:57 pm

    One of my favourite books is Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo :)

    • 13 April 2015 / 9:14 pm

      Not one I’ve come across before! Good Luck and thank you for entering.

      Stevie :)

  22. leanne weir
    14 April 2015 / 1:40 pm

    the gruffalo – he knows it from back to front

    • 14 April 2015 / 2:17 pm

      Good choice, and good luck!

      Stevie :)

  23. emma falvi
    14 April 2015 / 3:14 pm

    guess how much i love you

    • 14 April 2015 / 11:35 pm

      Aw a cute choice! Good Luck,

      Stevie :)

  24. Jo Glasspool
    15 April 2015 / 10:58 am

    My son loves Stick dog wants a hot dog, he say it’s hilarious.

    • 15 April 2015 / 1:59 pm

      I love it when they enjoy books! Good Luck,

      Stevie :)

  25. Lisa Wilkinson
    15 April 2015 / 9:31 pm

    Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

    • 15 April 2015 / 9:32 pm

      My boys liked that one as well :) Good Luck,

      Stevie :)

  26. Chantelle Kemp
    16 April 2015 / 4:21 am

    Fairytale, a true story. Me and my sister love it!

    • 16 April 2015 / 10:10 am

      Ooh not read that! God Luck,

      Stevie x

  27. Claire Ward
    16 April 2015 / 7:48 am

    Has to be Matilda

  28. Mark Chamberlin
    16 April 2015 / 8:42 am

    My son loves all the Harry Potter books!

  29. Sarah Franks
    16 April 2015 / 9:42 am

    I was always a huge fan of Roald Dahl books as a kid!!

    • 16 April 2015 / 10:19 am

      My boys enjoy these as they do some of the at school :) Good Luck,

      Stevie :)

  30. Celia West
    16 April 2015 / 10:02 am

    The Tiger Who Came To Tea

    • 16 April 2015 / 10:20 am

      Good Choice and good luck,

      Stevie :)

  31. Andrew Hindley
    16 April 2015 / 2:50 pm

    The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

    • 16 April 2015 / 6:39 pm

      I used to love that as a child, always made me cry though! Good Luck,

      Stevie :)

  32. Aaron Milne
    17 April 2015 / 8:05 am

    Bit predictable but all my kids have or do love “Harry Potter”

    • 17 April 2015 / 2:04 pm

      Nothing wrong with a bit of Potter! Good Luck,

      Stevie :)

  33. David Jackson
    17 April 2015 / 8:53 am

    The diary of a wimpy kid

    • 17 April 2015 / 2:02 pm

      My boys loved those books, good Luck!

      Stevie :)

  34. Sarah Parker
    17 April 2015 / 12:24 pm

    green eggs and ham

    • 17 April 2015 / 1:58 pm

      …Sam I am! Ha, good luck,

      Stevie :)

  35. Joanne Holton
    17 April 2015 / 7:04 pm

    Captain underpants

    • 18 April 2015 / 9:37 pm

      Good choice ;) and good luck,

      Stevie x

  36. Joanna Sawka
    17 April 2015 / 7:46 pm

    Winnie the pooh

    • 18 April 2015 / 9:37 pm

      Aw piglet was always my favourite character, good luck

      Stevie :)

  37. emma tarry
    17 April 2015 / 9:11 pm

    my sons favoate book is ele the elephant

  38. James Donovan
    17 April 2015 / 9:47 pm

    My daughter loves “Jack and the Beanstalk”.

    • 18 April 2015 / 9:36 pm

      I loved that as a child, good luck

      Stevie :)

  39. Antonia Rookley
    17 April 2015 / 10:55 pm

    We love the Paddington series at the moment!

  40. Claire B
    18 April 2015 / 12:03 am

    when the wind blows by James patterson

    • 18 April 2015 / 9:34 pm

      I like James Patterson, Good Luck!

      Stevie :)

  41. Rosalind Blight
    18 April 2015 / 1:28 pm

    my daughter currently loves books by roald dahl and david walliams

    • 18 April 2015 / 9:28 pm

      Good Luck and thanks for entering!

      Stevie :)

  42. Helen Allan
    18 April 2015 / 3:26 pm

    My boys love the Wimpy Kid and Tom Gates books. Thank you!