FREAKOUT ISLAND REVIEWS
Theo Key, 12
I really like this book, because the characters are really fun, and they each have interesting personalities. I like the idea that Leo’s parents are professional competition winners, and how they never read the fine print on anything. I like Leo’s Habit of playing the video game “MidNite Raider”, and chewing dubbly bubbly bubble gum.
I found the storyline and the main idea intriguing. The idea of getting sent to Freakout Island would be a dream and a nightmare at the same time. If I was one character in the book, I would be Leo Wriggly, because I like his habit; eating bubble gum. I think you should read this book, because it is funny, exciting, and if you like Paul Jennings, you’ll love this.
James Russell, author of The Dragon Brothers.
Bonkers, batty and completely bananas, Freakout Island is a hoot!
Freakout Island is, put simply, a marvellous book (which is not a phrase that I throw around excessively when talking about literature). It seems to be made of a wonderful concoction of heart, humour, and sheer unfiltered happiness, all held together by a copious amount of pink bubble-gum. The tone is reminiscent of Roald Dahl’s work, with a fantastic story and an endearing cast of characters. I realised, as I lay in bed last night reading the whole thing, that I felt like a 10-year-old again. Granted, it hasn’t been that long since I was a 10-year-old, but as I lay there chuckling to myself, I felt like I should be reading the story under the covers with a torch in hand. It is a book that just radiates joy. I laughed, and gasped, and worried about the characters’ fates, and I loved every second of it.
Freakout Island is a worthwhile read for children of any age and brings out the gum-swallower in all of us.
An easy 5/5 stars.
And here is Hannah with her review!