Read for: Requested Review
Synopsis: "Dear Reader,
I’m afraid you’re soon going to meet a tarantula the size of a kitten. You’re also going to bump into a whopper of a seagull who is the British Champion in Poop Bombing. Not to mention an extraordinary, furry creature whose ancestor once belonged to a notorious pirate captain.
You’re also going to meet a ten-year-old boy called Max, the owner of the tarantula, whose life is about to turn upside down in this nail-biting adventure that includes petnappers and disgusting healthy smoothies!
So I am warning you, Dear Reader: Should you decide to read about Max and his animal friends, your life will never be the same again.
My Review: I am an avid fan of Kitti's Jesper Jinx series and when he contacted me regarding The Piraroo, I jumped at the chance to read it. I do admit that I struggled a bit with this one, I have a huge fear of spiders and this one largely revolves around Max's pet tarantula. With that said it is still a fun book full of unusual events and characters. I loved the Piraroo (and kind of want one). I also like how Marko Kitti presented the parents in the story, to kids sometimes it seems like us parents don't care and aren't paying attention but we really do and that was well depicted. It was also great how this story is connected with Kitti's other two series, you don't need to read them to enjoy this book but it is fun seeing some familiar characters. Not only that but the book is also a little interactive, the reader is addressed directly in the story and there are some search and find elements to keep young readers involved in the book. This is definitely a book for those young reluctant readers that need something a little different to draw their interest.
My Rating: While the spider part was a little difficult for me to get over (Max plays hide and seek with his tarantula in the house!) but it will definitely appeal to younger readers. I give it a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag!
I received a complimentary copy of Piraroo from the author. The above is my honest review.
You can find out more about Marko Kitti and this book as well as his other series on his Goodreads Page or Puffington Hill Website.