Tuesday 10 January 2023

The Tyrell Show: Season One

The Tyrell Show: Season One by Miles Grose, illustrated by Shaz Lym (Scholastic) PB RRP $16.99 ISBN 978176129372

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

Eleven (and a half!) year old Tyrell has high expectations as he enters his final year of primary school. He is both nervous and excited, and grateful to have his goofy best friend Derek (aka Boogie) by his side. Boogie has been Tyrell’s friend since kindergarten and is the only person who knows about his podcast. Tyrell’s daily podcast, aptly named The Tyrell Show, is unlike any other podcast because it is imaginary, only taking place in his head. Tyrell’s podcast consists of his internal monologue, and the occasional guest that doesn’t know they’re part of the show.

Tyrell speaks directly to his audience about the ups and downs of his daily experiences and tries to process all that he is feeling. He shares his hopes, worries, happiness, and disappointments, including the ‘worst day of his life’.

The Tyrell Show is a hybrid of a chapter book and graphic novel. This fun and humorous middle grade book includes themes of friendship, emotions, empathy, and resilience. It is recommended for an audience aged 8 years and older.

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