Monday 13 January 2020

Derek Dool Super Cool: Bust a Move

Derek Dool Super Cool: Bust a Move by Adrian Beck, illustrated by Scott Edgar (Puffin) PB RRP $14.99

Cashing in on the success of books such as the Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Timmy Failure comes this visually interesting and humorous novel which is likely to be of interest to readers aged 8 years and over.

“(Red-haired) Derek is the type of kid who is so full of himself he reckons his underpants should be framed as a work of art.” Ever since he was a baby, he’s had something to prove…

Life sure is tough when your name’s Derek. The poor boy is destined to be uncool, but he’s determined to find something that will change the fact that he’s always picked last in PE, he never gets invited to parties and the cool kids don’t treat him as he expects.

The action starts at Ruttsmell Primary School’s final dance lesson where Derek tries to engage his best “friends” Big Denise (the nicest, most polite person in the world) and the ever-hungry Booger. However, onto the scene comes Carmichael Cruz, Derek’s archenemy and the most popular kid in the school. How, Derek thinks, can he surpass Cruz in the popularity stakes?

This new series is ideal for both confident and reluctant readers with its breakout chapters and frequent animated black and white illustrations. The stories are action-packed, the language laid-back and words picked out in the text and highlighted. It will be interesting to see if this new Australian children’s book series will take off.

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