Sunday, 13 December 2009

Ritchie the Roach

Toonhead by Fiona Dunbar is a book which is really clever because it feels so realistic, because that's what can happen to people.
In the book this boy named Pablo has a not very nice life in a place where the only important thing was art. His mum and dad were artists and they wanted him to be like them too. But he wasn't especially good at art.
One day he meets a person whose very friendly to him and lets him watch television in his house. He never gets to do this in his house because the only important thing is art, so there is no television.
He starts watching cartoons at their house and then starts drawing them. He then finds out that he can predict the future through his cartoons.
One day he predicts the result of a football match and then him and his friend go to the betting shop but they reject him, so a man says 'I'm over 18 shall I go in for you?' and then they say no, and then he gets detention and then he gets kidnapped!
When he's held prisoner he makes friend with a little cockroach named Ritchie the Roach, which is a cartoon he used to watch with his friend. Ritchie helps him to try and escape.
This is a very clever book because I think it's sort of a realistic plot but then there's fantasy as well. Some bits made me laugh and some bits I was dreading what was going to happen next.
I give this book five out of five stars. A really good book for seven plus.


  1. Any book that can make you laugh and dread reading on must be doing something well.
    I'll pass on your recommendation to my class.

  2. Great review of a great book! I loved Toonhead too - thought it was v funny but also exciting. And terrific cartoons too :-)

  3. i loved toonhead as well. especially that he could draw the future without knowing what it was. i wsih i could do that.

  4. As I said on my blog I like this book. I give it 3 1/2 out of five