Saturday, 15 November 2014
Review: Moone Boy by Chris O'Dowd and Nick V. Murphy
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Format: Hardcover / eBook
Released: October 23rd, 2014
Martin Moone is eleven and completely fed up with being the only boy in a family of girls. He's desperate for a decent wingman to help him navigate his idiotic life. So when best mate Padraic suggests Martin get an imaginary friend - or 'IF' for short - he decides to give it a go. His first attempt is Loopy Lou, a hyperactive goofball who loves writing rubbish rap songs. But Martin soon gets fed up with Lou's loopiness and decides to trade in his IF for someone a little less wacky. Enter Sean 'Caution' Murphy, an imaginary office clerk in a bad suit with a passion for laziness and a head full of dodgy jokes. Sean is full of tips and tricks to guide Martin through the perils of the playground, from dealing with his sisters' pranks to beating the bullying Bonner boys. But getting rid of Lou is not that easy, and having TWO imaginary friends is a recipe for trouble!
Moone Boy is an unusual book and one that I thought I would enjoy more than I did. It's written by actor Chris O'Dowd and writer Nick V. Murphy, and is based on the Emmy award-winning TV show of the same name. While I enjoyed Moone Boy, I thought it would be funnier. I did read it all it one sitting though, which says something!
Martin Moone lives in a small town in Ireland with his parents and three sisters. He doesn't have many friends and feels quite alone with very little male company in his house. His friend Padraic suggests he get an imaginary friend, an IF for short, and Martin soon finds he's bitten off more than he can chew. He wants to swap his mad IF for someone less hyperactive, but it's not quite as easy as that...
Martin's home life is amusing to read about, especially because of his three teenage sisters and his strange parents. I can see why he feels a bit alone and in need of an IF, though an imaginary friend is something I've never had myself. Loopy Lou is absolutely mad, as is the process to actually acquire an IF, though I did prefer him to Sean, Martin's next choice. Sean seemed a little boring to me, but he's a good help to Martin and does occasionally give him the correct advice!
Moone Boy didn't quite live up to my expectations, but I did like it and would read any future instalments if it's a series. The book as a whole looks great, with a cut-out cover, illustrations by Cartoon Saloon and colour bursts of red throughout. The package is perfect, but the actual story didn't grab me enough for my liking. Still, I have no doubt that Moone Boy will be a big hit with younger readers, and I suggest it be read whilst wearing a red knitted hat!