Moone Boy: The Blunder Years

Moone BoyWritten by Chris O’Dowd and Nick V. Murphy, Illustrated by Walter Giampaglia/Cartoon Saloon


I picked this book up because I enjoy the tv show. As I read the book, I could hear the voices from the television show and picture the events happening. This book covers the first couple episodes from the show with a bit more detail added. Martin Moone is an 11 year old struggling to survive a houseful of sisters, school bullies, and the normal hardships of being a preteen boy. His friend, Padraic, suggests getting an imaginary friend, aka an IF. Martin’s first IF is Loopy Lou, who is, well, a bit loony. He hides in bushes and draws clouds among other things. Martin complains to the Imagination Board and convinces CustServRep263 to be his new IF. Martin now has to get rid of Lou, try to keep his new IF, avoid bullies, get his sister to date a thug, and surviving turning 12. Though the story has some funny parts, it is bogged down by constant footnotes explaining Irish phrases and 80’s fads. There is also mild swearing and more than a few fart references. Preteen boys may find the book entertaining, but I’ll stick to the tv show.

Review by Teresa Edmunds, Westbrook Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★✩✩ (3 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 6-8

Moone Boy
Written by Chris O’Dowd and Nick V. Murphy, Illustrated by Walter Giampaglia/Cartoon Saloon
Feiwel and Friends
381 pages
Release Date: May 5, 2015

Categories: Jr. High – Fiction
Tags: boyhood, preteen, bullies, humor

Tags:
, , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Scroll to Top
%d bloggers like this: