Multi-volume author, Stewart Hoffman, introduces us to the first volume in his MG series The Bug Boys:
Who would have thought that eating a peanut butter sandwich and an apple would change your life? Let alone get you mixed up with an old alien research project, and transform you into the superheroes your village never needed.
For two young South Yorkshire lads, Alex Adams and Ian Harris, it was a geeky comic book dream come true, but it wasn’t everything it was cracked up to be in the real world. They discover there are many layers between good and evil, and with great power, comes an embarrassing amount of gas!
This wildly funny and wonderful story has a deceptive appearance. The colorful cover is full of insects! The Title is The Bug Boys! It made me think it was going to be about bugs, like a field guide for kids. So not true! Believe me about this.
This is a middle-grade story about two pre-teen boys in a small town in England sitting atop a coal mine. How they are tormented by a local bully and what they do about it. Actually, there is a much larger cast of characters and they are all drawn out for us in a marvelous fashion. The author has captured the boys’ point of view so well, in this tale and every other character, human or not, with surprising depth. I love the scene-setting and the action is vivid! The dialogue leaves nothing to be desired and descriptions are quite rich. The information about insects and how they communicate is quite good also.
This is an exciting story full of splendorous flatulation, captivating POVs, fantastic adventures! I award The Bug Boys 4.9 stars!
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Tags: science fiction, sci-fi, MG, insects, entomology
I have reviewed the second book in this series, here is the link: https://www.wordrefiner.com/book-reviews/the-bug-boys-vs-professor-blake-blackhart-by-stewart-hoffman
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