|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||9 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Stephen Bramucci is an award-winning travel writer and adventurer. He's rowed down the Mekong Delta, crossed the Australian outback in a car powered by French fry oil, and explored ancient pirate islands in Madagascar. A lifelong animal lover, Steve's encounters with endangered species often come up in his classroom presentations. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
Arree Chung is the author and illustrator of Ninja! and Ninja! Attack of the Clan, as well as the illustrator of How to Pee: Potty Training for Boys/Girls. Prior to writing and illustrating picture books, Arree worked at Pixar. To pursue his passion, Arree enrolled at the Art Center College of Design where he learned to draw, paint, and think differently. He lives with his family in San Francisco, California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My husband and I devoured this adventure and now are reading it to our 10-year-old daughter. The pace, the dynamic voices of the different characters, and the humor are all perfect for keeping young readers (and those reading with them!) engaged and on their toes. We've been particularly happy with the level of complexity and the introduction to new vocabulary for young readers. What a wonderful way to dive into adventure and imagination!
This book was so much fun. Middle grade is probably my all-time favorite age group to read in for books, because it’s able to be silly while also putting in serious, important themes. In The Danger Gang and the Pirates of Borneo, Ronald Zupan goes off on an adventure to save his parents. He knows they must be in some pretty serious danger, because they missed his birthday, and they would never do that. It’s told in a journal-style format, and each chapter ends with notes from Ronald’s butler, who corrects some of Ronald’s exaggerations. Arree Chung does an amazing job with these illustrations, perfectly capturing the humorous nature of the book, while also showing their great adventures. I loved these illustrations. I laughed out loud quite a bit while reading this. While it has tons of fun adventure, it’s also incredibly funny. (A treat for the whole family to read, if you’re looking for a book that will appeal to everyone.) All the characters are vividly depicted and a joy to learn about. Julianne Sato, Ronald’s fencing rival, is smart, funny, and takes no nonsense from Ronald. I’m excited to see future books with them in it, because they’re such a great team. What puts this book over the top is that along with humorous situations, an ever-suffering butler, and adventure upon adventure, this book also tackles a bit on what it means to be a friend and a family member. While Ronald keeps a bright outlook, he’s quite worried about his parents, and a little hurt that they don’t take him adventuring with them. It shows a boy’s continuous struggle to prove himself to his parents so he can feel fully accepted into the family business of adventuring. This is definitely one of my new favorite books. I’m anxiously awaiting the sequel.
Stephen Bramucci unfurls a whirlwind of adventure in his debut novel The Danger Gang and The Pirates of Borneo! Set amid the jungles in (and below!) Borneo, eleven-year-old Ronald Zupan must learn to leave his ego behind as he braves obstacles in order to save his parents, who have been kidnapped by the ruthless pirate Zeetan Z. Zupan, who has a penchant for puffing himself up, finally faces an adventure that requires no exaggeration. With the help of his butler Jeeves, his new friend (and fencing foe) Julianne, and his venom-less cobra Carter, they just might fly a cargo plane, fight an angry army of orangutans, and spar with a few feisty ne’er-do-wells as they climb and fall and swim through the mosquito-infested and wild-animal-laden jungles of Borneo. I was most struck by hilarity and the sweet subtle guidance of his butler Jeeves, who, because of Zupan’s parents’ constant quests, pretty much doubles as his guardian. Each chapter ends with a note from the butler pointing out all the errors/exaggerations in Zupan’s previous chapter. I found myself smiling and giggling in every chapter, and I can’t wait to read this book out loud to my nieces. In a growing YA/MG world where not everything is appropriate for every age anymore, it was so refreshing to read something that an eighth grader would love, and that I could also read to my seven-year-old niece without hesitation. She could read it on her own, but there are so few books out there that are a joy to read out loud, and this one lends itself to engaging oral storytelling for teachers and parents (and aunts too!). Every character in the story goes through a wonderful arc, learning and growing through the mischief and mayhem, thus proving, as Zupan points out halfway through his tale, “That’s the thing about thrilling adventures….They change you, whether you know it or not.” Take yourself on an adventure: read this book!