Friday 2 December 2011

Book Review - Fantastic Frankie & The Brain Drain Machine

Title: Fantastic Frankie & The Brain Drain Machine
Author: Anna Kemp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
Release Date: 6 Jan 2011
ISBN-13: 978-1847389367

When Frankie Blewitt brings home yet another F-for-failure school report it's the last straw for his overachieving parents and they decide to send him to the Crammar Grammar boarding school. At first he is just relieved to be away from home, but he soon realises that there's something really weird going on at Crammer Grammar...As Frankie tries to find out the secrets of the school he discovers that the headmaster, Dr Gore, has plans to turn all the students into robot-like super-brains using his Brain-drain machine! With the help of his new friends Neet and Wes, Alphonsine his crazy French nanny and a poodle named Colette, can Frankie save the day before it's too late and change the F-for- failure to F-for-fantastic? 

My Review
This is another book that has been nominated for Children's Book of the Year with our Children's Book Group. I am reading all the shortlist first before they are given to the Children. Aimed at 8-12 year olds.
Frankie is a disappointment to his parents so they send him away to a boarding school, but this one is different, the Head-teacher has invented a machine that drains your brain and replaces it with intelligent gas making the kids like super smart robots.
The writing in the book was quite big and fairly funny in places, it flows well and the author has a knack for story telling, but parts of it were very unbelievable. Characters would do things that I wasn't sure they could be able to and there was a lot of 'double identities'.
I think the kids would love this one, it's a great little mystery and Frankie is a cheeky, fun loving, mischievous boy. It will capture their imaginations and have them seeing spies and evil scientists everywhere. :D
I personally wouldn't choose to read this sort of thing, but it was quite fun and I can see the appeal.

My Rating
I would give this book 6/10 personally, just not my sort of read, but in terms of looking at the book from it's intended audience's point of view I would probably give it 8/10.

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