Saturday 1 August 2020

Derek Dool Supercool 2: Going Viral

Derek Dool Supercool 2: Going Viral by Adrian Beck, illustrated by Scott Edgar (Puffin Books) PB RRP $14.99 ISBN9781760892968
In the vein of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Weirdo, Derek Dilbert Dool returns in another supercool adventure! Thankfully, so do his friends Booger and Big Denise. The first chapter begins with the words, ‘Not many people turned up to Derek’s funeral.’ Derek is inside a coffin in the funeral parlour his dad owns, preparing to burst out, wearing vampire teeth, his face smothered in zinc cream to look deathly pale. His prank surprises his classmates and teacher Mr Mustard who are present.
Derek’s escapades later sees him exposing his bright purple undies on video. After accidentally going viral, Derek is then on a mission to deliberately go viral! After all, what is more supercool than being an internet hit? The only problem is, none of his ideas are quite working out as he expected. But Derek's not the type to give up. No way! He is determined to achieve viral victory – even if it's the last thing he ever does.
Children aged 7 to 10 years are likely to find lots to laugh about in this fast-paced, fun-packed series which is full of bravado with its themes of hobbies, friendship, family, self-confidence and staying true to yourself. The book features breakout chapters, many jokes and numerous black and white cartoon illustrations.

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