Thursday, 30 August 2018

Book review: The Piraroo [Tales from Puffington Hill #1] by Marko Kitti

Title: The Piraroo
Author: Marko Kitti
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Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Series: Tales from Puffington Hill, #1
Source: Author
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication Date: 18th July 2018
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
Dear Reader,

I’m afraid you’re soon going to meet a tarantula the size of a kitten. You’re also going to bump into a whopper of a seagull who is the British Champion in Poop Bombing. Not to mention an extraordinary, furry creature whose ancestor once belonged to a notorious pirate captain.

You’re also going to meet a ten-year-old boy called Max, the owner of the tarantula, whose life is about to turn upside down in this nail-biting adventure that includes petnappers and disgusting healthy smoothies!

So I am warning you, Dear Reader: Should you decide to read about Max and his animal friends, your life will never be the same again.

Yours sincerely,
My Thoughts
I've really enjoyed spending time in Puffington Hill with Jesper, and Delbert, so when I was offered the chance to review The Piraroo I jumped at the chance. I'd previously stalked the author and had already seen some of the art work for this book, all I needed was to get my hands on the words that go with the art.

The Piraroo is set in Puffington Hill, but the protagonist of this story is 10 year old Max who lives with his family and also has a pet spider. We get to see how special this spider is with Max's morning routine, but one morning Max wakes up to discover his beloved pet spider, Gurdimus, is dead, and then stolen by Evil Gull.

Max is understandably heartbroken, but his Father takes him to his pet shop to find another pet, where they learn about Gurdimus, that he is a Matupiri Pinktoe Tarantula, a bird hunting spider, and may not be dead, but bored. Unsure if Gurdimus will come back they end up taking home Alfie, a piraroo who sensed Max's sadness and wanted to cheer him up. Alfie comes with his own backstory, one that involves pirates, and treasure.

Things aren't easy from here however, and soon pet-nappers arrive to try and steal Alfie for themselves. Max must do all he can to keep Alfie safe and finds himself with some surprising allies in his task.

The Piraroo was a quick read with some fab artwork. The story itself had some surprising twists, along with some heartwarming moments, as well as sibling rivalry that I can truly relate to. I enjoyed reading the story and seeing how it all ends, especially with the appearance of a few familiar faces.

Memorable Quotes

So my advice is, whenever things are looking exceptionally good, you should expect something exceptionally bad to happen.

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