The Piraroo

The Piraroo


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ISBN-13: 9781540748751
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/18/2018
Pages: 338
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.70(d)

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The Piraroo 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite The Piraroo is the first book in the Tales from Puffington Hill series, written by Marko Kitti and illustrated by Ant Carlos de Ituiutaba. Max Magee is a ten-year-old boy who feels invisible to his family. His best friends are Gurdimus (a giant tarantula) and Alfred (a piraroo) - both of which are acquired from Max’s father’s exotic pet store. When Gurdimus’s lifeless body is taken by the town’s poop-bombing seagull, Max realizes how truly alone he really is and feels grateful to have Alfred by his side... until a rival pet store owner of ill repute decides that he wants Alfred for himself. When Alfred is kidnapped during a town fair, mayhem ensues as the residents of the town decide to take action (accompanied by much hilarity). I chose this book due to the many other remarkable books written by the author, Marko Kitti. The Piraroo brings with it a vast array of emotions including sadness, frustration and laughter. I was able to connect emotionally with young Max on so many levels and found The Piraroo to be a wonderful accompaniment, regardless of where the reading bug hits you. Be aware that you will be pulled in many different directions while reading The Piraroo, as it includes death, sibling rivalry, bullying and a family environment which leaves a child feeling unheard and alone. As a complete package, however, the story of The Piraroo is not only wonderful reading for children and adults alike, but also for those who truly enjoy a well-written adventure accompanied by brilliant illustrations from beginning to end. I very much enjoyed The Piraroo and can guarantee that this book will be read time and again, regardless of the occasion.
AngRI More than 1 year ago
My Review: I am an avid fan of Kitti's Jesper Jinx series and when he contacted me regarding The Piraroo, I jumped at the chance to read it. I do admit that I struggled a bit with this one, I have a huge fear of spiders and this one largely revolves around Max's pet tarantula. With that said it is still a fun book full of unusual events and characters. I loved the Piraroo (and kind of want one). I also like how Marko Kitti presented the parents in the story, to kids sometimes it seems like us parents don't care and aren't paying attention but we really do and that was well depicted. It was also great how this story is connected with Kitti's other two series, you don't need to read them to enjoy this book but it is fun seeing some familiar characters. Not only that but the book is also a little interactive, the reader is addressed directly in the story and there are some search and find elements to keep young readers involved in the book. This is definitely a book for those young reluctant readers that need something a little different to draw their interest. My Rating: While the spider part was a little difficult for me to get over (Max plays hide and seek with his tarantula in the house!) but it will definitely appeal to younger readers. I give it a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag!
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
After reading and loving the Jesper Jinx series from this author, I was curious and excited to see where he was heading next. I was not disappointed. Max leads a pretty normal life. His mother is a little over zealous in her determination to win a health smoothie contest with the most disgusting flavors, his younger sister is a pain in the neck, and his father is busy keeping both of them happy while working, but, at least, he has his pet spider. Until his spider dies and becomes bird food. But that's exactly what needs to happen to set off an exciting, informative and fun adventure. Humor and action are written big in this book. Max is a wonderful ten-year-old, who does the best he can given his situation. He's clever, yet misunderstood at times. His love and curiosity for animals not only makes Max easy to cheer for but gives him just the right touch of sweetness which is hard to ignore. It's simply fun...and something kids can easily relate he deals not only with his wacky family but with the crazy problem which stumble his way. The author meets the readers on a more personal level by addressing them directly. This adds an immediate connection which draws in and makes the reader feel involved. Although hitting on fantasy, the animals in the book also poke reality and offer the reader some interesting insights on lesser known animals in some spots...not everything is sheer imagination. I found this connection to be a nice touch. One of the best aspects of this book can be found in the illustrations. They are bright and bold, and there are many of them. Although the length of the book might appear daunting, at least a third of the tale seems to be illustrations. These not only add life to the book but make it perfect for even reluctant readers. So, this receives kudo points from me! All in all, it's simply a fun read and highly recommendable for especially boys and reluctant readers, or those who love an adventurous, humorous read. I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed it enough to want to leave my honest thoughts.