Review - Boom!: (Or 70,000 Light Years)

Title: Boom!: (Or 70,000 Light Years)
Author: Mark Haddon
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Release Date: January 1st 2009

My Rating:

An explosive, highly charged, and hilarious middle-grade adventure from Mark Haddon, acclaimed author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

From the moment that Jim and his best friend, Charlie, bug the staff room and overhear two of their teachers speaking to each other in a secret language, they know there's an adventure on its way.

But what does "spudvetch" actually mean, and why do Mr. Kidd's eyes flicker with fluorescent blue light when Charlie says it to him? Perhaps Kidd and Pearce are bank robbers talking in code. Perhaps they're spies. Perhaps they are aliens. Whatever it is, Jimbo and Charlie are determined to find out.

There really is an adventure on its way. A nuclear-powered, one-hundred-ton adventure with reclining seats and a buffet car. And as it gathers speed and begins to spin out of control, it can only end one way . . . with a BOOM!

My Thoughts

I decided to read this book after I found it on a bookstore for a really cheap price and also because I remembered that I read something else by this author not long ago - needless to say that I really enjoyed the "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time".

This book was pure fun from page 1 to page 194. I have never laughed so loud and for so long whilst reading a book in my life. I even made a fool of myself on the bus because of it.

The plot was amazing for a kid's book. Aliens, teachers, curious kids with a love'hate relationship with their sibling... Fantastic.

The ending was the only thing that prevented me from giving this book a 5 star, since it seems to me that the story doesn't really end. Which is not always a bad thing, but on this case it left me wanting more.

I would advise this book to anyone with a soft spot for kids book's.

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