- Series: The Battle of the Beetles
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Chicken House Ltd; 1 edition (March 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1910002704
- ISBN-13: 978-1910002704
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,594,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My favorite character is Baxter. He is always very helpful in times of need and eventually helped lead the rest of the Beetle Army to victory. I wish that I could have a little beetle sitting on my shoulder that could think like a human and help me!
This book is mainly about family, friends, and loyalty. Family; because Darkus was persistent in trying to find his dad. Friends; because Virginia, Bertolt, and Baxter were by his side helping him and working together. And finally, loyalty. Darkus, his friends, his Uncle Max, and Baxter all were by each other’s side and didn’t let each other down.
I recommend this book for boys and girls ages 9-12. I gave the book 5 stars, since it had an interesting plot, complex characters, and made me want to read more! This book is a medium- sized novel. It is 270 pages long and there is also a sequel called, “Revenge of the Beetle Queen!" I can’t wait to read it!
Review by Brooke Z.,10, Delaware Valley Mensa
Beetle Boy is a fast paced read filled with genuine peril, gross bug moments, and a truly memorable villain. Darkus is an intrepid hero and I loved the gang he assembled. Their willingness to overcome their fears and dive right into dangerous situations will ensure that young readers will remain glued to the page. Who would have ever thought that a beetle could be so charming? Baxter will have everyone wishing for their own personal beetle and looking at some creepy crawlies in a brand new light.
Beetle Boy contains a surprising amount of heart to go with some expertly paced action and is an enthusiastic recommend for grades 4 and up.
Darkus makes friends with a beetle the size of a hamster who he names "Baxter". They adventure to “beetle mountain” aka a lovely pile of moldy teacups which a coterie of beetles call home.
But there's more! Lucretia Cutter has a beetle obsession that Darkus and Baxter have to squash while at the same time desperately searching for his father with the help of his best friends forever BFF's Bertolt (who is awesome) and Virginia. Standing in their way are the horrible cousins Humphrey and Pickering.
An excerpt is available at "chicken house books"
And yet, despite that, it was a fantastic book.
Darkus Cuttle's dad mysteriously disappears one day from his job at a museum. Darkus is sent to live with his Uncle Max, who is eccentric, and a bit of a loner. Next door are two bizarre cousins whose home has been infiltrated by beetles. As Darkus searches for his father he uncovers a variety of clues that all point back to the beetles next door and the evil Lucretia Cutter who was once a fellow researcher with his father. Genetic engineering is part of Lucretia's plan for the beetles as she wants them to have human qualities and reasoning skills which would allow them to greatly impact the earth. As Darkus realizes what he's up against, he must enlist the help of the beetle's next door, as they try to rescue his father from Lucretia's clutches.
Sometimes reading out of my comfort zone is a good thing. This was one of those times. I'm already looking forward to the second installment in this trilogy and think middle grade readers will enjoy this story and it's fast pace a lot.
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