This book was recommended to me as ideal for engaging reluctant readers. As I work part-time for Readathon, a charity that encourages children to read for pleasure, I was interested in test-driving it.
As the mother of a girl in a family that’s not interested in football, I may not be the target audience, but this book charmed me from the first page.
It is written from the point of view of Charlie, a sporty boy in the early stages of secondary school, who finds a football-mad alien in his bedroom. As the boy tries to pass off the smoke-blowing green alien as his visiting actor cousin in fancy dress, his wry observations about both the alien and members of his family made me laugh aloud. It’s the type of story that would have bedtime readers pleading for ten minutes more or reading beneath their blankets with a torch, until they reach what is its very satisfying conclusion.
With short chapters, ending on cliffhangers, peppered with enough amusing illlustrations to sugar the pill of chapter books for easily daunted readers, this is just the (football) ticket to get boys reading. I’m sure girls would enjoy it too. This one certainly did – great stuff!
Karen Inglis is receiving great reviews for her other books too – she’s definitely an indie children’s writer to watch.