Harry Riddles is too young at 10 to have problems, or so his mother thinks. His dad has just lost his job and Harry has the bright idea of making a mega-amazing zombie movie to save the family. He approaches a raft of famous people, but no one writes back to help, so Harry is on his own.
Shouty Kid is a book for a child in touch with the modern world. Harry starts by writing emails to his cousin because his mum’s closed his Facebook account. Much of the book is in email mode, but there are some posts in forum format (from the World of Zombies Community Forum), texts and he deigns to write an actual letter to the queen and the prime minister. Throughout the book there are quirky drawings to bring the story to life.
Harry loves playing World of Zombies and this inspires him to create his mega-amazing zombie movie. It’s a fun book, but probably a bit old for H’s 7 years. It’s one that we need to read together at the moment, as there is a lot that needs explaining. There’s vocabulary that I don’t think he’s experienced yet like: pastoral care, juvey; abbreviations like: li’l, BST, PDT, cuz plus text speak; names of famous people: Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig. I quite enjoyed reading it and could appreciate the humour.