I have never read anything by Jeremy Strong previously but with constant giggling and the retelling of passages from the book from the children snuggled up on the sofa, it said it all – Cartoon Kid Strikes Back was a book to be read and enjoyed and one that I just had to read – the best children’s books are the ones that can be enjoyed by adults after all. After the kids had finished reading it, I read it for myself and can see why they enjoyed it so much.
Cartoon Kid Strikes Back is the third book in the Cartoon Kid series by Jeremy Strong, and like the other books in the series contains not just one story but a hilarious three outings for the Cartoon Kid and his friends, including discovering what happens on the school’s sports day with a dog called Jaws and what happens when Casper’s vacuum cleaner sucks up a pet hamster. Casper and his superhero friends are going to have to be at their very best.
The three stories featured in Cartoon Kid Strikes Back are:
Story #1: Go, Dad, Go!
Story #2: The Talking Cake
Story #3: Hamster Trouble
Casper is known as the Cartoon Kid. Why is he called the Cartoon Kid? Well, it’s simple really, he is always drawing something. But that isn’t the big news, is it? Kids are always drawing and doodling. Casper may be very talented with his drawing, but the real BIG news is that Cartoon Kid, along with his best friends Big Feet Pete and moaning Noella Niblet, aka the Incredible Sulk, are all SUPERHEROES! Each having their very own unique superhero talent. Although that information is supposed to be a secret, so don’t tell anyone!
This really is a delightfully funny collection of short stories for children aged 7-9 years and upwards should you wish to read it (I enjoyed it, and I’m certainly not the intended age range). It is clear and easy to read, heaps of fun and has lots of illustrations to help describe scenes in the book, bringing them to life for young readers. Jeremy Strong really does have a superb talent for creating excellent characters and laugh out loud stories that children will love. And with phrases like “WHAM-BAM-JELLY-AND-JAM!” it will certainly capture the attention of the youngsters.
Children will love the characters, humour and length of the stories and when a child finds a book to spark that interest in reading, encourage it – I think that Cartoon Kid Strikes Back will be just one of those books. The cover says, “laugh your socks off”, I think young readers might just do that!
RRP: £5.99 (Paperback) / £3.99 (Kindle)
Available to buy from Amazon here.