Today we have a review by Bookbabbler Jess..
This Book is Not Good for You – Pseudonymous Bosch
The third quirky, original and deliciously dark comic adventure from the phenomenon that is Pseudonymous Bosch, author of the hilarious bestseller “The Name of This Book is Secret”. Cass, Max-Ernest and Yo-Yoji, the youngest members of the top-secret Terces Society, have been given a crucial mission: to track down a cursed Aztec tuning fork that has the power to recreate any flavour the user has ever tasted. But no sooner have they succeeded than Cass’ mother is kidnapped by evil chef Senor Hugo, who demands that they hand the fork over so he can use it to create a deadly chocolate recipe for the Terces Society’s sworn enemy, the Midnight Sun. Determined to rescue Cass’ mum, the kids track the Midnight Sun to their sinister cocoa plantation in the jungle. But when Cass and Yo-Yoji are tricked into eating Hugo’s chocolate, it is up to Max-Ernest alone to get the rescue mission back on track – and free the Midnight Sun’s enslaved workforce of children…and monkeys.
The book is very adventurous! It was quite hard to get into but once you get into it, it’s very exciting. I really liked the main characters, which were Cassandra, Max-Ernest and Yo-Yogi. Cassanda was the main leader of their group and Max Ernest and Yo-Yogi followed. The story develops quite slowly but it’s worth staying put, as by the middle of the book I couldn’t put it down! It is quite funny and it made me laugh quite a few times and also I was kept on edge with their missions to rescue the “fork” which was a special musical fork shaped object which when put into a drink you could make it anything you wanted to eat or drink, but there was competition to get it as people knew that Cassandra and the gang would go and try and get it!
I would recommend this book to children aged 12-13, as it’s quite a complex book to read and it’s quite long and you have to get into the story quite well. The blurb on the back of the book does not give you much information on the book or what it’s going to be like but it does say that you won’t be able to put it down and I found at some points in the book, I couldn’t put it down as I was so on edge and wanted to know what was going to happen. Overall this book is really good, I love the front cover and I would recommend it strongly!
Thanks, Jess! Thanks to Usborne Children’s Books for sending us a copy.