Beetle Boy

Beetle Boy

M. G. Leonard,

Beetle Boy

(Beetle Trilogy)

Chicken House, 2016

ISBN 9781910002704

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Who Wrote It?

M. G. Leonard writes books, poems and screenplays and is the Senior Digital Producer for the National Theatre, in London. She has a degree in English Literature and an MA in Shakespeare Studies from King’s College London. She spent her early career working in the music industry running an independent record label and managing bands, most notably The Divine Comedy, before training as an actor and moving into directing and producing. Maya lives in Brighton with her family.

What's It About?

Thirteen-year-old Darkus Cuttle’s search for his kidnapped father leads him to discover a mountain of extraordinary beetles. This pits him against a mad scientist of the fashion world, Lucretia Cutter, an haute couture villainess with an alarming interest in insects.

A darkly hilarious adventure, full of exotic beetles, daring schemes, and true friendship.

Fact File

Beetle Boy is the first part of The Beetle Trilogy. The second book, Beetle Queen, will be published in April 2017.

Maya used to be terrified of insects but now loves them. So much so that she was even featured on the cover of an edition of Antenna magazine holding a huge beetle!

To find out more about Maya visit her website www.mgleonard.com or follow her on Twitter: @MGLnrd  

Your Reviews

Polly from Otley All Saints :

Beetle Boy was definitely one of my favourite book out of the collection. It was funny, sad, confusing (in the best way possible) and much more. It really made you feel for the boy when his dad gets taken away from him he must feel horrible and the book really grabs your attention and makes you think. Some other people in my group at school say they didn't enjoy this book. I 100% disagree. A definite 5/5!

Polly gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Olive from Beeston Primary:

At the beginning I didn't want to read this book because of my friends' reviews, however this book caught me like a fish and pulled me in. I accompanied Darkus into Lucretia Cutter's house, I built an antique maze with him and his friends and helped him tell his story. A book which takes you on an emotional, learning rollercoaster; wrapping things up with victory!!

Olive gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Liana from Beeston primary school:

The reason I gave it a two was because it didn't interest me and it didn't pull me in and there wasn't much story to it. Also, there was too much description. I did like the storyline though.

Liana gave Beetle Boy 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Lola from Allerton bywater primary school:

It was really good, not amazing. I enjoyed it because of the story line.

Lola gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Sophie from Adel Primary School:

This book is better then it sounds. the story-line is interesting but it takes a while to get started. It is a long book but it's worth reading. The end is EPIC!!!

Sophie gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Nicol from Crossley St Primary School:

It wasn't my cup of tea or style so I rated it 2 stars.

Nicol gave Beetle Boy 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Tom from Otley all saints :

It took me a while to get used to this book but once i percevired this book grew more and more exciting. I enjoy how darkus and his friends keep sneeking into the house of Mr Gammble and Mr Risk

Tom gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Maisie from St Benedict's:

Near the beginning of this book I found it a bit boring and felt like reading a better one again, but as I got further into this bug-infested story I began to enjoy it more and more. It has much to improve on to get a 5 and no offence, I doubt anyone would want to rate much more than 3. However, it was a good book and is worthy of a 4 in my opinion. Thank You for taking the time and effort to tell Darkus' thrilling tale, M.G.Leonard! This is my last book so I am not actually reading cogheart next as I have already read it.

Maisie gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Kyrah from St.Benedicts:

I definitely judged this book by the cover by its cover, when I first started reading this book I honestly thought I'd be giving it a 1 but it slowly started to pick up in interest so I boosted the rating up to a 3 thank you for an enjoyable read M.G Leonard

Kyrah gave Beetle Boy 3 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Naomi from Shire oak primary school:

I thought this book was alright because it was exciting.I think this book is really long and there is a lot of words on each page.I recommend this book for people that like reading a lot and has a lot of free time.I rate this book a three out of five because it is just not my kind of book I don't really know why but it just isn't.

Naomi gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Arzoo from Harehills Primary School:

I really enjoyed this book. This book was very interesting and it had a great build up. Really made me think about what was happening.

Arzoo gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Ben from Gildersome Primary :

Darkus loses his dad and finds a rhinoceros beetle crawl out an arguing mans leg. It defends him in school and he meets two friends, Veronica and Bert. Darkus gets kidnapped by the same arguing man after snooping around but there's 2men then, Humphrey and Pickering... This book was fantastic and I would like to ask why they chose a rhinoceros beetle out of all of the beetle species for Darkus.

Ben gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Nina from Colton Primary:

I though this book was all right. It was quite slow at the start and got jam packed near the end. Even my cat enjoyed the last chapers of the book! =^.^=

Nina gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Edward from Barwick-in-Elmet C of E Primary School:

I did not know what was going on and it seemed to drag itself on and on.I did not like this book.

Edward gave Beetle Boy 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Phoebe from Barwick-In-Elmet C of E Primary School:

It was a creative and imaginative plot line but it really doesn't hook you in at the start of the book. The scenes I could see I side my head, especially their secret den in the back of the 'Beetle Mountain's Lair' -that was really effective . Except from the start, it was a really nice story!

Phoebe gave Beetle Boy 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Amelia from Alwoodley Primary School:

I am not really keen on this book because i don't like reading 3rd person i only like reading 1st person. I'm glad I tried it its just not really my type and definitely different to all the others. I would recommend it to people who just like reading calm books.

Amelia gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Madyson from Alwoodley primary school :

I don't like this book because I found it interesting at the start but when I got deeper down I started to not like it very much.

Madyson gave Beetle Boy 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Ayesha from Alwoodley Primary School :

I didn't really enjoy this book but I found it quite funny. My favourite part was when there was a fight outside the laundrette and my favourite character was Virginia since she's very independent and determined.

Ayesha gave Beetle Boy 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Tony from Holy Rosary & St Annes :

The beginning of this book grabbed my attention because I felt really sorry for the character. He had a lot of changes and he dealt with most of them well especially when he went to a new school. There was a lot of adventure which was unexpected and this surprised me.

Tony gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Annika from Alwoodley Primary School:

I absolutely adored this book because it was super funny and also quite sad at the same time. I think I am most like the character Virginia because she's adventurous and quite clever and I like Darkus as well but I'm not a massive fan of Bertolt. I would definitely recommend it to people who like funny stories but also sad as well. I love love loved this book!

Annika gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Ebony from Allerton Bywater Primary School:

I don't really like this book but it is quite good after a while you get used to it and you cant put the book down.I did not like the ending because it leaves you an a cliff hanger and i turned the pages to see a dictionary.

Ebony gave Beetle Boy 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Joe from Crossley Street Primary School:

This was an overall GOOD book it was an interesting story but was hard to grasp by the lack of normal words, it was very hard to put down because I wanted to find awesomeness... I did near the end which was partially good but the author needs to carry the normals all the way through with a few different/out of the box words.

Overall well done M.G Leornard!!!

Joe gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Oscar from Crossley Street Primary :

This was not my favourite book out of all of them but I still liked it I liked the part were it said read page 37 that was probely the best bit for me. My favourite book so far is still murder in midnight winter

Oscar gave Beetle Boy 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Tom from Great Preston c of e primary school:

I have really enjoyed this book more than others. This is about a young boy who's father has dissapeared but the room he dissapeared in has one door and the door didn't open??. I would rate this book a 4/5 because a points it just went off of the story which made it boaring. This is like no other book at all I know !.

Tom gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Amelie from Horsforth Featherbank Primary School:

This was a book that just didn't grab my attention. I think the start was boring but once you were about half-way through it got much more exciting. In the end I enjoyed it. I hope there are more stories about Darkus and Baxter and their adventures!

Amelie gave Beetle Boy 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

DAISY from ST BENEDICTS CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL:

I REALY LIKED THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT WAS VERY MYSTERIOUS I LIKED ALL THE MYSTERY AND I LIKED IT WHEN DARKUS MET NOVAK

DAISY gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Caleb from Grange Farm Primary School:

Beetle Boy is my favourite book so far because of it's unique personality and way of adventure.My favorite character is Darkus,this is because of his transformation from being a quiet recluse to becoming a hero.

Caleb gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Maria from Harehills Primary School:

I gave this book 3 out of 5 because I didn't really enjoy it as I found it confusing and hard to understand. I couldn't grasp the concept of the story.

Maria gave Beetle Boy 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Dan from Grange Farm Primary School:

I absolutely love this book. the chapters weren't too short, it was easy to understand and had a very good story line. Throughout the book i was left wondering if Darkus would get his dad back. i found it very weird that Lucreta wasn't human. my prediction is that Lucreta Cutter is a beetle seen an the squeal to this book is called Beetle Queen. I reckon that she will be the queen of beetles. i would defiantly recommend it.

Dan gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Christopher from GRANGE FARM PRIMARY:

I quite enjoyed Beetle Boy because I like mystery books for example: Murder In Midwinter and Cogheart. At the start it has a lot in common with Cogheart because it is really slow at first but then got to the point where Darkus went missing. I would have never thought that I would have read this at first but it was like Murder In Midwinter, mystery.

Christopher gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Sukhi from Grange Farm Primary School:

I love this book it was exiting, mysterious and hilarious. I love how the author makes you feel like you are Darkus' friend and you are helping him find his dad. The book was interesting I have never thought about beetles communicating with humans. I would definitely recommend this book to other children and would definitely read it again.

Sukhi gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Kamiyah from Grange Farm Primary School:

I absolutely love this book. It is fun filled with excitement and mystery. Throughout this story I was left wondering and gave me the urge to read on and on! I could live with only this book because it so imaginative and original. I have never read any book as similar to this! Darkus is such an unpredictable character and he leaves me on a cliff hanger after each chapter: what's he going to do next, what's his plan? In this book Lucreta Cutter's character description creates wild thoughts zooming round my mind like an ostrich on full speed.

Kamiyah gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Daisy from Kippax greenfield primary school:

I personally did not like this book but it is great for people who like mysterys/comedy. My favourite part was when Darkus found dads glasses in a air vent; overall I did not enjoy this book.

Daisy gave Beetle Boy 2 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Aminah from Grange Farm Primary School:

I absolutely love this book! At the start of the book I wasn't quite sure if I would enjoy it;but as I read on I merely couldn't put the it down. Beetle Boy is one of the books that really surprised me, I would never have thought that I would read such a story! I loved the way M.G Lenard brought the beetles to life in such a way. I also loved how descriptive the author was throughout the book.

Aminah gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Marija from Grange Farm Primary School:

This book didn't really capture my attention when I first saw it, however that has definitely changed!This book builds up tension and makes me feel a range of feelings;excited, sympathetic and worried for the main character.There is room for improvement;it could have some more comedy even though it is a mystery book.

Marija gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Aaisha from Shire Oak C of E Primary Schoool:

Personally,i didn't like this book in particular.It is about a 13 year old boy called Darkus and he looks for his dad.This book is full of exotic beetles and has a daring scheme.I also thought that this book would be like something else maybe adventurous.

Aaisha gave Beetle Boy 1 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Elsa from Adel primary school:

This book was okay i found the language to be brilliant . The reason i have rated this book 3 is that the plot was hard to follow and the end was confusing i recommend this book for 7 to 9 year olds

Elsa gave Beetle Boy 3 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Isabel from Shire Oak Primary:

I love this book.I didn't expect it to be that interesting but it was. The book showed a potential connection between humans and beetles . Darkus didn't give up on finding his dad. it was a magical story that was different from all the others

Isabel gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Fatimah from Harehills Primary School:

This book is a really good adventure book! I could imagine the picture in my head and I felt I was there with the boy and dragged me into the story! I strongly recommend this book to my age group.

Fatimah gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Joanna from Poolin Wharfedale primary school:

It is an amazing book that really made me feel things.

Joanna gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

christina from Colton primary school:

I love this book!!!!

this book is incredible i love that a boy can communicate with a BUG!

i will read you part of the blurb-so good

Darkus cant believe his eyes when a huge insect drops out of the trouser leg of his horrible new neighbour.

christina gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Connor from White Laith Primary:

Amazing book! Great characters. Everything about it was was the best I think it could possibly be. As I've said in other reviews, I don't really like pictures but there wasn't too many in this.

Connor gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Favour from White Laith Primary School:

I found it hard to persevere and get to the end of the book. Maybe, it was because I am a bit of a girly girl with a passion for books about mainly

girls. I would recommend it to people who like detective stories but unfortunately it was not for me. It isn't perfect and has room for improvement.

Favour gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Hannah from Alwoodley Primary School:

I loved this book .Its like murder in midwinter , because

they are both mystery stories,. I wasn't going to read it at first but after reading the blurb ,i think that your should read it if you love mystery !

Hannah gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Lily from Greenhill Primary:

I thought this book was confusing because it didn't quite make sense. I couldn't follow what was happening.

Lily gave Beetle Boy 1 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Lilly-Mae from Greenhill Primary:

I struggled to read the book and didn't like it because it was quite boring. I would like it to have more mystery.

Lilly-Mae gave Beetle Boy 1 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Caitlin from Beeston Primary :

I absolutely hated it because it had no descriptive writing. It didn't hook me in at all. The chapter names are too long and I found it hard to persevere and get to the end of the book. I would recommend it to people who like detective stories but unfortunately it was not for me.

Caitlin gave Beetle Boy 1 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Sara from Alwoodley Primary School:

To start with, I definitely agree with the three words this book was described as on the blurb: quirky-funny-adventure. All of the characters were unusual at the same time as funny- even every one of the super beetles. The excitement built up throughout the book, from a normal life, to Darkus's father mysteriously disappearing and Darkus fighting a rich, beetle-crazy woman named Lucretia Cutter with an army of super beetles. With all of it's unusual and unexpected twists and turns, I absolutely loved reading this quirky adventure book and would recommend it to anyone at any age!

Sara gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Marco from Alwoodley Primary School:

A lovely book; quirky, funny and interesting. I like the way that all the beetles can understand human language, and my favourite beetle is the goliath that gets attacked and killed by Lucretia Cutter (grrrrrrrr...).

Marco gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Marco from Alwoodley Primary School:

A lovely book; quirky, funny and interesting. I like the way that all the beetles can understand human language, and my favourite beetle is the goliath that gets attacked and killed by Lucretia Cutter (grrrrrrrr...).

Marco gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Stefania from Victoria Primary Academy:

I like this book, it was very adventurous and I like the characters. It was very surprising and quite funny as Pickering and Humphrey were always arguing. Over all I gave it a 4/5.

Stefania gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Fatima from Victoria Primary Academy:

I give this book 3 out of 5 because some part are good and some part are boring.

Fatima gave Beetle Boy 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Evie from Victoria Primary Academy :

I give this book a 3 out of 5 because the description in this story is outstanding. The story line is great but the paragraphs are a bit too lengthy. I love the authors style of writing and it is very unique. It isn't perfect and has room for improvement.

Evie gave Beetle Boy 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

chevelle from victoria primary academy:

I gave this book a 3 out of 5 because the book was really good at some parts and boring at some other bits. I will recommend this book to anybody who likes a laugh and loves insects also species I think this book is mainly recommended to 11 - 13 year olds because I don't understand it and I don't think other people will to.

chevelle gave Beetle Boy 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Callum from Victoria Primary Acadamy:

I DIDN'T LIKE IT NO I love it the best part is when the beetle dropped down his pants it was comedy. I loved it!!

Callum gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Macy from Victoria Primary Academy :

I gave this book a 3 out of 5 because i disliked most parts of the book but some parts made me laugh so much. The chapters were so lengthy and and i feel i didn't get the story line. I think this book is for 11 - 13 year old because the story line is quite hard to understand.

Macy gave Beetle Boy 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Ella-May from Great Preaston C of E primary:

I really loved this book, but with reading Cogheart first, I thought that M.G. Leanard had made Beetle Boy with the same kind of set up as Cogheart. But really I liked it because the problem wasn't introduced straight away. I also like this book because of the beetles in the book and the AMAZING description. M.G.Leanard is a really good writer. My only issue with the book is that I sometimes couldn't get back into it. This was because one of the main characters is Beetles.😀😀

Ella-May gave Beetle Boy 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Thomas and Scott from Great Preston C of E Primary:

We liked the book because it had a lot of adventure in it. We also liked it because of the friendship between them.Finnaly,we liked it because Baxter helped them a lot in their adventures and played a crucial part of the story.

Thomas and Scott gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Hanna from Southroyd Primay School:

It was a really good book. I liked the plot of the story. It was unbelievably interesting. I recommend this book to people who like adventure books and stories.

Hanna gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Abigail from Southroyd :

I think that this book was a suitable book for my age. I really liked this book and I would recommend this book for children around my age

Abigail gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Cerys from Adel Primary School:

This book is full of mystery, if you adore animals this book is great.

I loved this book because I like mystery and this book is about a boy whose dad goes mysteriously missing.It is intriguing from the first word

and it was so good my Dad read it!

Cerys gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Ella from Shire Oak c of e primary school:

It was amazing i wish I could read it again it is the best book i have read so far lots of detail but not to much description I would let 9 and over to read this book

Ella gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Ella from Shire Oak c of e primary school:

It was amazing i wish I could read it again it is the best book i have read so far lots of detail but not to much description

Ella gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Brooke from Shire Oak primary school:

I really didn't like this book it is so boring it had no adventure in it. Personally I think it could be improved a lot.

Brooke gave Beetle Boy 1 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Max from Alwoodley Primary School:

This book was really boring and slow at the start and it wasn't until the end that something exciting happened.

Max gave Beetle Boy 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Ellie from Greenside primary school:

I really enjoyed this book,however I did feel that sometimes it could be hard to follow,but I love books that leave you to do some imagining Because you can create your own little story.I did struggle to put it down though.Really good book very adventurous...I loved it 👍

Ellie gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Erin from Southroyd :

I like this book because it is very exciting and makes you want to read on

Erin gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Katie from Rawdon St. Peters:

It was an okay book.I didn't particularly want to finish it because I got bored fast reading it.It is not my type of book.The wording is really hard to understand because the author jumps from character to character so you don't know who she is on about.The only thing I like about it is the bugs on the side.

Katie gave Beetle Boy 1 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Igors from Oakwood Primary Academy School:

I liked it but there was little mystery so I gave it 3.5. However, I was surprised I wanted to read the continued story Beetle Queen although I didn't like it very much.

Igors gave Beetle Boy 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Ciara from Barwick-In-Elmet C of E Primary School:

Beetle Boy is definitely my least favourite from the shortlist so far. It didn't grip me or pull me in as much as other books did such as Cogheart.

I wouldn't recommend this book to others because of the slow and jumpy storyline. Personally, I had to force myself to pick it up to read. Although I didn't really enjoy the book, there were certain aspects which excited me and I also liked some of the setting descriptions.

Ciara gave Beetle Boy 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Zoe from Crossley Street Primary School:

I loved this book so much.It is definetly my favourite book so far.I would love to meet M.G.Leonard could tell me how he gets inspiration for such amazing books.I am looking forward to reading my next book.

Zoe gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

olivia from Carlton Primary School:

Beetle Boy is an amazing book.It is filled with adventure, sadness, explosions of laughter and excitement. This book is about a boy called Darkus who's dad mysteriously disappeared. He has to live with his uncle Max,at first he didn't have any friends but luckily he made 3 very good ones. 2 of them are humans and one of them is a beetle called Baxter. Beetle Boy is about all four of them trying to find how his dad disappeared.

olivia gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Elizabeth from Carlton Primary School:

Beetle Boy is a quirky book with explosions of excitement and beetles. My favourite character is Bertolt because of his amazing intelligence and bravery. Many parts and chapters of this book excited me more than others I have read before because of the venturesome language along the way through this amazing book.I think M.G Leonard has astounding imagination and language for her poems and books- I would love to read the sequel of Beetle Boy. The book is filled with laughter, sadness, secrecy and love. I rate this book 5 stars because I loved the book all the way through and because of Beetle Boy's astonishing story line

Elizabeth gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Jack from Thorner Primary School:

I could not decide whether I should rate this book 4 or 5! It had a bit of a confusing start but the middle and end were great. The book was not very realistic but a great made up story of bonding between animals and humans.

Jack gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Jessica from Crossley St Primary School :

I loved Beetle Boy because right from the very start you couldn't put it down. My favourite character was Darkus because he was very kind to nature however small the insect was. I also liked Uncle Max because he was very mysterious and I liked how he used a room in his flat as his filing cabinet. I rated this book 5 stars because it was one of the best books I've ever read!!!

Jessica gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Abigail from Crossley Street Primary School:

I liked this book. The pages were really cool with the beetles on. I think it was quite mysterious when Darkus found the beetles.

Abigail gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Phoebe from Shire Oak Primary School:

I enjoyed this book and my favourite characters were uncle Max and Darkus. I like Uncle Max because he wants Darkus to be happy and he tries to take care of him and i like Darkus because he cares for his beetle. At the beginning i don't think that he was that happy but when he found his beetle he became more happy.

Phoebe gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Zainab from Harehills Primary School:

From first impressions I thought the book was going to be boring however it was quite the contrary., it was a great book! Loads of drama and comedy.

Zainab gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Isobel from Kippax Greenfield primary school:

At the beginning of "Beetle boy" it wasn't really the book for me but once I got into it I really loved it. I especially can't wait till "Beetle queen" comes out! I love a good mystery so this was just the book for me it defiantly was quirky, funny and adventure.

Isobel gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Olivia from FiveLanesPrimarySchool:

This book was good I didn't understand some parts but it was still really good.I really want to read Beetle Queen!

Olivia gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Jazz from St Margaret's primary Horsforth:

Funny, sad, scary and EPIC.

Jazz gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Eloise from Pudsey Waterloo Primary :

I absolutely loved this book! It was intriguing right from the beginning and hooked me in straight away. I also liked it because of it's very unique story line, as I have never read a book following the same idea as beetle boy. Well done M.G.Leonard!I can't wait for the sequel!

Eloise gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Caitlin from Beeston Primary:

I think that this book, Beetle Boy, is a great book. If I had to summarise this book in three words they would be: Mystery, Adventure and Drama.

I only rated this book a 4, because at the start of the story it went too slow and was quite boring up until around chapter 8. Other than that, I think that it is a great book. I think that other children who love adventure, drama and mystery would probably like to read this book.

Caitlin gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Madiyah from Alwoodley Primary School:

I really enjoyed this book! It made me laugh and I felt sorry for Darkus because he went through such a roller coaster of emotions. The reason I gave it 4 was because at some points I couldn't really feel the flow of the book however I still really enjoyed and thought it was absolutely amazing!

Madiyah gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Keira from beeston primary:

This book was filled with mystery, drama, suspense and is extremely funny. However this book failed to grip me at the beginning, but when I continued to read I couldn't believe what was happening. All the dramatic and exciting things were happening whilst the characters emotions were involved. I would recommend this book to anyone that loves adventure and BEETLES!!!!!

Keira gave Beetle Boy 3 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Molly from Alwoodley Primary school:

This book is amazing. I loved the characters and the set. It is very interesting but actually a bit scary .M.G Lenord has done a great job at this book. It is very different to Cogheart but I still enjoyed it.😃

Molly gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Jalaal from Alwoodley Primary school:

It was amazing! I can't wait until Beetle Queen comes out. My favourite part was when Baxter came out of Humphreys trouser leg. My second favourite part was when Dankish and Craven were covered in dung.

Jalaal gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Grace from Alwoodley Primary School:

I really liked this book although I'm not a big fan of bugs. When you first look at the cover you know that it is going to be about bugs. At first, I thought that it was going to be about normal bugs not a giant bug. My favourite part of the story is when Darkus figures out the bug was talking to him.

Grace gave Beetle Boy 3 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Ella from St. Margaret's C of E Primary:

Beetle Boy is a fabulous book full of mischief and mayhem.

When Darkus' father goes missing, it's up to Darkus and his friends to crack the mystery of the beetles - and which dastardly mind is behind it

Ella gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Maxwell from Colton Primary School:

Beetle Boy is an amazing book and it grabbed me in from the start. The most favourite thing I like about this book is when the main bully (Robbie) gets demolished, because anything can help people that are getting bullied. I recommend this book for 8+ and overall this is a fantastic book. :)

Maxwell gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Emily from Great Preston C of E primary school:

I didn't necessarily enjoy Beatle boy because I struggled with getting into it! 🙁

I also enjoy more calm books but this Book was very all over the place.

That's why I rate it a 2/5

Emily gave Beetle Boy 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

solomon from Otley all saints:

this is a book with a slow start with no suspense.The subject matter was very boring and I couldn't link to it again.I had a hard time continuing to read this book.A disappointing book.people who like bugs would love it though.

solomon gave Beetle Boy 1 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Murad from Harehills Primary School:

This book was quite disappointing as at first from the illustration it looked as though it was going to be fun and funny. However, reading the book did not satisfy my imagination. It was just boring.

Murad gave Beetle Boy 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Phoebe from Gildersome primary :

I really liked this book because it is all about some friends meeting some beetles and making the best of friends.My favourite part was when Darkus went to Lucretia Cutter's house and he looked through the magic mirror.My favourite characters were the beetles because I think it would be nice to have a friend that sits on your shoulder and looks out for you. I would recommend this book to anyone that is interested in adventure books with twists.

Phoebe gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Molly from Raynville primary school:

This book is very unusual and highly recommend this book because it is extremely exciting, as well as fiction it has lots of interesting facts about beetles

Molly gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

daniel from westgate:

a very good book and I really liked the end of the book. I also liked the strong element of suspense and surprise. every chapter was amazing and gave a lot of interesting about beetles.

daniel gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Darshleen from Greenside Primary School:

I find this book not interesting at all as I can't really catch up with it and it is quite boring. I like more action and this doesn't have any. I am really disappointed, because before I had read it, I had read the blurb and got my hopes up but this book has let me down. 😔😔😔

Darshleen gave Beetle Boy 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Sophie from Alwoodley primary school:

This book is great! All the way through, I've been really excited just to turn to the next page! This epic maze of mystery has always kept me hooked into the plot. My favourite character is Novak-she has a very determined, brave personality! I would recommend 'Beetle Boy' to anyone who wants more adventure in their everyday lives! You will inevitably enjoy this book just as I did!

Sophie gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Maddie from Alwoodley Primary School:

Beetle Boy is an amazing book that deserves a lot of credit. M.G. Leonard wrote a book that pulls at your heartstrings, yet it's also hilarious and funny. Although I don't like beetles, it didn't stop me from thoroughly enjoying this book. I would recommend this book for people over the age of seven, as, although it isn't the most challenging book, it's very emotional. I'm so excited for 'Beetle Queen' to come out later this year.

Maddie gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Ellie from Barwick in Elmet C of E primary :

I found it boring. I didn't enjoy this book. It never really hooked me in and it defiantly was not a page turner for me.

Ellie gave Beetle Boy 1 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Jay from Colton primary school:

This book is AMAZING. the book is so gripping and the problems just keep coming. I love it because at the end all problems are solved except Lucretia Cutter. I recommend this book strongly for 9-12 year olds because there are some hard words.

Jay gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Samanta from Oakwood Primary Academy:

This book was interesting because it was about beetles. Also I loved the fact that the sides of the book have beetle illustrations and the book pages themselves as well as each chapter beginning. Also I loved the characters names especially Darkus.

Samanta gave Beetle Boy 3 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Nicola from Oakwood Primary Academy:

I did not enjoy the book.It was not my type of book and I do not like bugs or insects. I would recommend this book to people who like bugs.

Nicola gave Beetle Boy 1 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

George from Southroyd primary school:

This book was very enjoyable and had a lot of dark comedy in it .I would recommend this book to a 10-13 year old.

George gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Lilia from St Margarets:

Beetle Boy is a very adventurous and funny book that is really worth reading. I never wanted to put it down and made me want to read on and on.I would definateley would want this book to win and like the others i've read so far it is an incredible book and now i'm finding it really hard to choose which one i would like to win the book awards for my age group.

Lilia gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Millie from Green Lane Primary Academy:

Darkus, young and adventurous, life gets thrown into pieces. The story is like an 1000 piece jigsaw, fitting all the clues In until the last piece is worth all of it. Darkus life is a jigsaw, the hardest, first he loses his kind, warm-hearted mother then his dad goes missing, so Darkus is sent to live with his Uncle. Suddenly a beetle drops out his horrible neighbours trouser leg. Randomly and unusually this beetle wants to communicate! However, could it be a piece to the jigsaw?

I would recommend this book to people eight or over. This book has everything a book needs, excitement, drama and a bit of comedy here and there. I rated this book 11/10. I think you should not read the rest of the Leeds book award books and click buy to this. I don't care if you need to slap it! Just buy it or read it... NOW

The author is called M.G Leonard/The best! I think she is the best author in history of authors because of her language and how she describes each character in detail. I thought this book was really funny and dramatic. It is a fiction story (I'm glad because I don't want a beetle trying to communicate with me!) And it means it's not real.

Millie gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Oliver from Churwell Primary School:

I love this book, its story is interesting and i did not assume by the title this is what it would be about but, the friendship between Darkus and Baxter is nice.

The plot is brilliant and overall I love this book.

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Oliver gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Samuel from Carlton Primary School:

This fantastic book is so heart lifting. I couldn’t put it down even for one second. I can’t wait to read Beetle Queen. I definitely recommend this book to every one doing Leeds book awards.

Samuel gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Gabriel from Pudsey Waterloo Primary School:

I absolutely love this book - it is unique, action-packed and funny.The book is crammed full of adventures including mystery. It doesn't drag on and keeps the events at a good, consistent speed. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone over 7, as I think the author has used vocabulary that is quite easily understood. I can't wait for the sequel!

Gabriel gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Freya from Pudsey Waterloo Primary School:

I really enjoyed this book probably one of my favourites. I really like how it has mystery but is quirky and exciting at the same time. My favourite character is Baxter. :)

Freya gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Noah from Shire Oak C of E Primary Schoool:

Beetle Boy

I really enjoyed this book because I figuratively got stuck in the book as I went through it! This is probably the best in my opinion so far thus I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to have a new type of book to read. I also would say that beetle boy gets better as you go along because it gets very mysterious as it goes as you will see if you read it!Over all I give it a 4 out of 5 because it`s different to most books. The reason I don`t give it 5 is because I have read other books like it but four is still good.

Noah gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Maleehah from Shire Oak Primary School:

The Beetle boy is a really good book.The book is about a boy and he has powers to talk to beetles so he can find his dad.If you want to know if he finds his dad you need to read it.At the end there is a cliff hanger.

Maleehah gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Ammariah from Harehills Primary School:

This book took me on an adventure full of excitement and craziness.

Ammariah gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Ella from Calverley CofE primary school :

I think that this book was really good.It had many amazing parts in the story that I loved particularly when Darkus's dad went missing,but there were a few parts that I didn't like that much such as when the bugs were attacking people and that became a little bit boring.I would recommend this book to people that like nature and can not get bored easily,but overall this book was quite good.

Ella gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Aoife from Holy Rosary & St Annes :

I enjoyed this book because it was easy to read and it had the right balance between the pictures and the text. It made me laugh in places, it made me think,"Ergh!",it made me think and it made me want to read to the end. If another Beetle Boy book is published, I would definitely buy it.

Aoife gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Lily from Gildersome Primary School:

Beetle Boy is an amazing book which hooked me in from the start. It is so interesting and unusual. Unfortunately, the words were a little complicated. Altogether I enjoyed the book and would recommend this book to people who have a lively imagination.

Lily gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Lucy from Alwoodley Primary School :

I enjoyed reading this book, it has a bit of mystery and humour in. It's also unique and the front cover is eye catching; the blurb also describes it well and I do agree with the 3 words, Quirky , funny , adventure. It kind of sends a message out to people too, and makes you feel like you're there. I do advise you to read this book !

Lucy gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Mimi from Beeston primary school:

I would recommend this book to people that like mystery, however it did let me down a bit. It is just not style. I rate it a 3 because the story was too detailed for me to follow.

Mimi gave Beetle Boy 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

poppy from beeston primary school:

Beetle Boy is one of the worst books I've ever read and I'm sorry to those who like it but it is just not my style. I would still recommend it to people who like mystery and I'm sorry to M G Leonard.

poppy gave Beetle Boy 1 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Bavdeep from Alwoodley:

I really enjoyed this book and liked reading it from start to end. I thought it had some really nice characters and it had a some good language. I also definitely agreed on what it said on the back quirky, funny and adventure. I'd surely recommend this book to any one who loves beetles. Overall I think it was a very brilliant adventurous book and I'm sure loads of people would love to read it. So any one willing to give it a try... Go ahead and read it!

Bavdeep gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Bakebba from Ebor Gardens primary acdamy:

It was a good book but the start just went to it and it didn't give much description too,why I give it 3 stars

Bakebba gave Beetle Boy 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Charika from Alwoodley Primary School:

I am enjoying this book however some of it isn't as interesting as the rest, for me. It includes mystery so I do want to read more because I don't want it to leave me in suspense.

I would recommend this book so far the age range would probably be 9 and over in addition it would be a good book for people who like mysterious stories.

Charika gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Eliza from Otley All Saints:

I started to read this book yesterday and I just didn't want to put it down. When I read this book, I didn't think I was just reading the book I thought I was living the moment! I recommend this book. I haven't finished this book but I look forward to reading the rest!

Eliza gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Vincent from ST margarets:

beetle boy is full of adventure and is very exiting.I would recommend this book to any 8 or over year olds.

Vincent gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

William from Great Preston C of E Primary School:

I really liked the book beetle boy because it was exiting and tense at points and engaged me.I also liked the characters [ max,darcus and humphery ].I rated this 4/5 because the book didn't have many pictures.Over all this book is great and I really enjoyed reading it.WELL DONE M.G.LENARD !!!! :]

William gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

kavan from st benedicts:

i rated it 2 because I lost interest halfway through and at the end it was a bit good but the rest of it was boring I would recommend to people who are adventures

kavan gave Beetle Boy 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Noah from Holy Family Catholic Primary School:

I found this book a very tricky read it wasnt my cup of tea the chapters on this book were very lenthy I couldnt really relate to any of the charecter.I wouldnt really reccomened this book to many people the vocabulary it uses is very difficult to understand I found it very annoying to have to turn to the back of the book to understand the vocab.

Noah gave Beetle Boy 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Aine from holy family cathlic primary school :

I think this book is not a very good book because the chapters are long and lots of parts are uneeded.I would recommend this book to someone who like books that are a bit different.Eventhough i didnt like this book it doesnt mean you would not.If you see a beetle make sure to say hi.

Aine gave Beetle Boy 2 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Hope from Holy Family Catholic Primary School:

This book was a geat read. I loved how all the characters were added into the story, Virginia is my favourite, and their personalities intrigued me.

I found the chapters a bit long and it got boring after a while but the cliffhangers helped me read on.

After reading this book, It's seems that I see beetles alot more and are saddended when they don't reply to my hello.

I will recommend this books to 10-12's because people who are nine may lose interest.

Hope gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Reece from Holy Family Catholic Primerary School:

I found this book very intreging just from the front cover.I think this book gave loads of cliff hangers . My favourite character was Darkaus because he made a friend , a beetle . this book had really pulled me in because on the edge of the book there were beetles carved on the book.Despite i thought the chapters were very lenthy.I would reccomend this book to anyone who likes a mystery.

Reece gave Beetle Boy 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Isaac from Holy Family Catholic Primary School:

I really didnt enjoy this book because it wasn`t my type.It just didnt have the feel to it.My favourite characters were Baxter and Luceria Cutter even though she was the bad guy.For me this really wasn`t a page turner.I`d reccomend this to younger readers even though it has some hard technical vocabluary.I give this book a 2/5

Isaac gave Beetle Boy 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Jess from Holy Family Primary School:

I did not enjoy the book Beetle Boy because of many reasons. The chapters, to me, were lengthy and I thought that the author kept adding new characters. It was very frustrating and started to become hard to keep track. I did however realate to the main character, Darkus. I am very fasinated in beetles, but I don't have all the time in the world to talk about that. Yes, I didn't enjoy Beetle Boy but maybe I'll read it again when I have the time and understand better vocabulary.

Jess gave Beetle Boy 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Manya from Allerton CofE Primary School:

I really liked this book because it has been written really well.It is a real spine-chiller!

Manya gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Emily from Otley All Saints Primary School:

I would recommend this book to people who like mystery stories or people who like bugs. This story has suspence and I would love to read this again.

Emily gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

minnie from otley all saints:

it is a bit boring and it lost my intrest halfway through.

minnie gave Beetle Boy 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Esme from Carlton Primary School:

Beetle Boy

Beetle boy is a heart-warming adventure about a Boy called Darkus and his Uncle Max try and find Darkus’ dad Barty. My favourite parts are when Darkus gets Baxter, Darkus finds out about Baxter’s super-powers, Darkus meets Bertolt and Virginia and when Dankish and Craven are rolling around in poo! Beetle Boy is an incredibly mysterious and adventurous book and would recommend it for Potter fans.

Esme gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Amelia from Carlton Primary School:

Beetle boy is a really good book because it is mysterious and dark. You cannot predict what happens next which I like but it leaves it as a surprise for people. I would really recommend this book for readers which like mysterious books too.

Amelia gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Jasmine from Allerton CofE Primary School:

I liked this book because something is always happening.I particularly liked when they all work together to figure out a mystery.

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Jasmine gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Isabelle from Green Lane Primary Academy:

Beetle boy is a brilliant, adventurous book to read and I would recommend it to age 8 and over. The book is about a boy whose Uncle gets lost and they don't know where he has gone ........What happens next? I really enjoyed reading this. My favourite character is Darkus because he is funny.

Isabelle gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Mia from shire oak primary school:

I think Beetle Boy was really good because it was mysterious also I think it was cool and I think it is for years 9 and up but to be honest there was,n many tricky words in there and it is about Beetles and this boy who has to live with his uncle Max.

Mia gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

francesca from Shire Oak:

I loved this book because of all the mystery and adventure. It also changed our mind about beetles. At first I was kind of scared of beetles but now after reading Beetle boy I don't feel as scared. I also loved the cliff hanger at the end.

francesca gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Aisha from Harehills Primary School:

The book was really likable because it created tension and great vocabulary used to create tension and drama. The book was so addictive that I just wanted to read it all day and everyday.

Aisha gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Freddie from Alwoodley Primary School:

Before I read this I was quite afraid of beetles however this thought provoking book has made me change my mind. This is a mystery/adventure book which is bound to grab your attention and get your brain whirring and thinking about what is going to happen next. the book is easy to follow,exciting and part of a trilogy which I can't waiting. The book contains some funny and evil characters and is my new favorite. Well done M.G Leonard.

Freddie gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Felix from Ebor Gardens Primary Academy:

I loved this book so much because of the mystery

Felix gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Anas from Oakwood Primary Academy:

This book was really interesting and it really made me feel like I was actually in the book. The beetles are amazing and the plotline is makes you feel determined and makes you want to read more and more. At first, it is a bit unenjoyable but eventually the action starts.

Anas gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Isobel from Westgate Primary School:

When Darkus’s father goes missing there’s a new mystery to solve. Darkus along with his uncle Max, his new friends, Virginia, Bertolt and Novak and his amazing pet beetle Baxter, must come up with a plan that risks their lives to find his dad. Everyone must find out what a mountain of super beetles and a woman named Lucretia Cutter has to do with the strange disappearance.

This book was gripping from page 1 and I didn’t want to ever put it down. The adventure was amazing and I don’t think I’m ever going to look at beetles the same way again! This book was very well written and I hope M.G Leonard writes a sequel just as good as this.

Isobel gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Alyssa from Green Lane Primary Academy:

Beetle Boy is about a boy called Darkus whose dad goes missing and adventure unfolds. Darkus can’t believe his eyes when a huge insect drops out of the trouser leg of his horrible new neighbour. It’s a giant beetle and it seems to want to communicate. But how can a boy be friends with a beetle and what does a beetle have to do with his fathers disappearance? I would recommend this book to everyone aged eight or over because it is brilliant book, anyone aged younger than eight will probably not, however, understand the story behind Beetle Boy. The author is called M.G Leonard and it is a fiction book which means it is not a true story.

Alyssa gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Evie from Green Lane Primary Academy:

It's about a boy who's dad died so he goes to a new school makes new friends and they go on a quest to find his dad.

I would recommend this book to someone that likes a mystery because it is a mystery to find Darkus's dad.

I give this book a five star rating!

Evie gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Charlotte from Green Lane Primary Academy:

This book is about a boy who has lost his mum because she died years ago and his dad has disappeared. Darkus is fascinated by beetles and he finds a beetle friend a couple weeks after his dad disappeared. The beetle that he found will never leave him alone but he is very well behaved the beetle is called a rhinosaurus horned beetle Darkus named it Baxter the beetle. Darkus has lived with his uncle Max since his dad disappeared just a couple of weeks earlier. His uncle is also fascinated by beetles as he let him keep it.

I would recommend this book to children in Y5-6 because it is quite a long book with confusing points and words.

This book is suitable for Y5-6 age 8,9,10,11, etc..., it has a lot of long words and confusing bits.

Charlotte gave Beetle Boy 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

ETASH from EBOR GARDENS PRIMARY ACADEMY:

FINALLY I READ THIS BOOK. iT IS FILLED WITH LOTS OF ANIMATION IN IT AND IT CREates a sense of humour because in real life a boy cant be friends with a beetle but i would like to say one thing it is very good. It shows that how a son would go to rescue his kidnapped father and then goes on a adventure with lots of insects and beetles

ETASH gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

James Steven from beeston primary school:

BEETLE BOY IS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ IN ALL MY DAYS ON THIS PLANET,I SHALL DEFINETLY BE READING BEETLE QUEEN.I LOVE THE HUMOUR WITH BAXTER WITH HIS HUMANNESS AND HUMPHREY AND PICKERING ALLWAYS SQUABLING. 10000000000 OUT OF 10000000000.

James Steven gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

connor from beeston primary school:

I HAVE NEVER LOVED A BOOK SO MUCH BEFORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

connor gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Sarah Imane from Ebor Gardens Primery Academy:

I did not like this book as soon as I had read only half of the book I felt I was going to fall asleep. I would never ever read this book again that's why I give it a 1.It could definitely use a better story line.

Sarah Imane gave Beetle Boy 1 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

favour from ebor gardens primary academy:

FINALLY I GET TO READ THIS BOOK! but it is not what I expected... IT IS BETTER Darkun is lucky he finds a giant beetle now he needs to stop it from stealing peoples jewellery good luck to him.

favour gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Aaron from Ebor Gardens Primary Academy:

I liked the book but some of the characters were shown too early.

Aaron gave Beetle Boy 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Shanice from Ebor Gardens Primary Academy:

This book started off pretty boring for me. But as I went on and on reading I got really into it. I personally don't like books that end with cliff-hangers but that makes the reader want to read on. Doesn't it?

Shanice gave Beetle Boy 3 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Madina from Ebor Garden Primary Academy:

BEETLE BOY IS A BOOK FULL OF MYSTIERIOUS I LOVED THE BOOK BUT IT WENT IN SLOW PASTE

Madina gave Beetle Boy 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

William from Greenside:

Really Intreeging book I think it could be better. But otherwise it has been a really good book.

William gave Beetle Boy 3 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Frahnaz (Fa-ra-naz) from Oakwood Primary Academy:

In my opinion I think this book wasn't enjoyable. No matter how much I read the book again and again I would just not understand it. I really didn't like the plotline I think.

Frahnaz (Fa-ra-naz) gave Beetle Boy 1 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Liam from Middleton St Marys C of E Primary School:

This book is all about a boy who really likes beetles and his dad has benn kipnapped

Liam gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

daniel from westgate:

I really like book because in some chapters he was only a few inches away from death and all the way through there was a strong element of suspense.

daniel gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

William from Greenside primary school:

This is an amazing story with great descriptions and imagery. Although I haven't read any other of the shortlisted books, I believe this one may be capable of winning. The beetle queen - which I am planning on buying - has high standards to live up to.

William gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Jacqueline from Middleton st marys c of e primary leeds:

This book is good because Darkus is trying to find his dad and his Uncle Max comes to look after him. Throughout the book Darkus fights off bullies and he finds a bug. He meets some new friends and they go on adventures with him. My favorite characters is Darkus and Uncle Max because they don't know how to talk to each other at first, but they work together to find out how Darkus dad disappeared.

Jacqueline gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

ella from churwell primary :

GREAT BOOK .beetle boy is a really good book about a boy who goes on lots of adventures with his beetles and in 1 word i would say AMAZING.i would definitly recomend this book to everyone especally ROALD DAHL FANS .

ella gave Beetle Boy 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Rosie from Green Lane Primay Academy:

Beetle Boy is a lovely connection between an adventure and a love between a dad and his son. Darkus's dad is kidnapped by Lutrecia Cutter and it is up to him and his friends to work that out. This book is a cliff-hanger as Lutrecia Cutter is a devilish monster beetle. Darkus gets a little friend and calls him Baxter. Lutrecia Cutter's child Novak helps them by taking risks against her monster mum. But Pickering and Humphrey are trying to sell the beetles in Humphrey's room so it is up to Darkus and his friends to stop them. With their new beetle companions they are invincible. When they crack the case, the drama begins. Darkus is thrown through the air by Lutrecia Cutter. If I were him, I wouldn't have gone against her as she is famous for being fierce.

My favourite line is: "Lutrecia Cutter was in a very bad car accident and walks on sticks" said Bertolt.

I would recommend this book to my best friend Lily because she likes mystery stories. We like the same stories and read the same things. She was the one who first told me about a Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

I would rate this book five star because it was very interesting and enjoyable to me because it hooked me in after the first few pages - I couldn't stop. I felt as if I was there watching it all happen.

I think that 6 + would enjoy it most as there is lots of difficult words to master and confusing words even I got stuck on. Lots of the words I found were very interesting and it drew me in. I was very determined to see what happened next. I was very excited when I found there was another book to finish the story.

Rosie gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Olivia from Greenside Primary School:

this book was AMAZING!!!I normally get distracted with the noise around me when i am reading but with beetle boy, nothing could stop me from sitting down, getting cosy and getting lost in this outstanding book! i really hope M.G Leonard will keep on writing books like this!

Olivia gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Gabriella from Barwick-in-Elmet C of E Primary School:

I loved Beetle Boy! It has a great storyline to it and is filled with surprise. The story keeps on going and doesn't drop the exciting picture in your head. My favourite character is Baxter. Thank You M.G Leonard for creating this spectacular bug-filled book!

Gabriella gave Beetle Boy 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.