Oct 19

Review: The Greatest Blogger in the World by Andrew McDonald

I received this book for free from ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Greatest Blogger in the World by Andrew McDonaldThe Greatest Blogger In The World by Andrew McDonald
Published by Hardie Grant Egmont on 2009-07-01
Genres: fiction, junior fiction
Pages: 220
Source: ARC received from publisher

Charlie Ridge has one small goal in life - to be the Greatest Blogger in the World. The internet has been in a frenzy since a competition began to win the website address www.WBRthegreatestbloggerintheworld.WBRcom, and Charlie is making sure he's the number one contender. Charlie has plenty to blog about - his best mate Phattius Beats, who runs an illegal red-cordial business at school; his little brother, who insists on wearing a tuxedo to kinder; and his number one crush, who is the teacher's pet and always wears knee-high boots. Oh, and his pet duck, Barcode. Then some really blog-worthy things happen. When the school mascot is stolen and a multinational corporation tries to take over the school formal, Charlie has his chance to Be the Hero, Get the Girl and Save the Day. That's got to give him a leg up on the quest to be the Greatest Blogger in the World.

How could any modern kid resist a novel with a central character like Charlie Ridge and a support cast like his family and friends? Andrew McDonald had my attention from the earliest pages with the tux wearing brother and the duck named Barcode.

This is a great book for confident primary-school aged readers, covering the kinds of topics that are very much part of their world – the influence of the internet and advertising, friendships, fitting in at school, feeling misunderstood or overlooked and odd parental behaviour.

Anyone who has seen McDonald’s very amusing pictorial guide to avoiding camera loss or his more recently post on the development of ‘ebrooks’ will not be surprised to discover that the pages of The Greatest Blogger in the World are also brimming with offbeat humour. With clever and witty dialogue and situations, readers will enjoy laughing at and with many of the books characters.

For those parents concerned about such things, there is some disrespect shown by the children towards their teachers and parents. In addition, Charlie’s parents hardly reflect well on busy working mothers or stay-at-home fathers, however the whole book with written with a such an active sense of humour and almost cartoonish caricature of these characters that it is difficult to take them seriously or take offence.

I really enjoyed this book, particularly as it managed to be appropriately funny and engaging for its target audience while still offering a little food for thought for those readers interested in taking something more meaningful away from the story.

Recommended for readers aged 8+ years.

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  1. Christie Wright Wild

    Sounds like a really fun read. Would you classify it as a chapter book or a MG novel?
    .-= Christie Wright Wild´s last blog ..How to Be the Top 5 of the Slush Pile =-.

    1. Susan

      I would call it a middle grade novel. Chapters are about 14 pages long. No illustrations aside from an image of Barcode the duck at the beginning of each chapter.

      For confident readers aged 9+. I just noticed I didn’t include this detail in the actual post, so I’ve added it. Thanks. 🙂

  2. katepickle

    Oh I think I’d like to read this book, even though I know its not aimed at adults it looks like fun!
    .-= katepickle´s last blog ..My Boy and His Groovy Pants =-.

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