Book Review: Escape from Planet Bogey by Gareth P. Jones

Title:  Escape from Planet Bogey
Author: Gareth P. Jones
Steve May
Published:  August 10th 2017
Publisher: Stripes Publishing
Genre: Middle Grade, Humour
 128 pages
Source: Paperback from the publisher

Book Blurb  (Goodreads):

The Pet Defenders Code:
1. The safety of Planet Earth depends on you.
2. Humans MUST NOT know the truth.
GOOD LUCK – you’ll need it…

Animals are disappearing from Nothington-on-Sea and the Pet Defenders suspect alien activity. Secret agents Biskit and Mitzy find themselves caught up in the Planet Bogey Games. Biskit suspects the contest might hold the key to finding his missing partner, Champ. Can our heroes win the game? And what’s more, can they get back home after?

This fast-paced funny series features action, mystery and animal antics. Perfect for wannabe detectives and kids who love Spy Dog and The Adventures of Captain Underpants!

My Thoughts

I love it when a new Pet Defenders book lands on my doorstep, I always know I’m in for a good read when I pick up one of these. The third in the series, Escape from Planet Bogey follows on from the previous book with Mitzy and Biskit trying to figure out what is going on in their town. Finding themselves transported to an alien world and forced to battle against other alien pairs, they find some interesting information and an old friend along the way.

I love escaping into a kids book every now and then, it breaks up the often heavy reads that I find myself going through at times. These books are the perfect blend of exciting and silly and have all the right things for attracting a kids attention: pets that save the world, aliens that transport people using bogies! What’s not for kids to love here?

Jones has crafted a wonderfully engaging, action-packed series that I’m sure will delight kids of all ages – even ones in their 20s like me! I’m already looking forward to the next one.

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About the Author

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Gareth first started writing when he was very young but it wasn’t until he was in his early twenties that he completed his first novel. Having had it universally rejected he wrote a novel for children called Who Killed Charlie Twig, which received an equally unimpressed reception and remains rightly unpublished to this day.

Some years passed during which Gareth met his future wife, Lisa and began a career in TV, working on shows such as The Big Breakfast and Richard & Judy. Then one day he found himself having lunch at the offices of Bloomsbury. He mentioned the unpublished book to a nice lady called Sarah, who politely suggested that he should send in the first three chapters for her to look at (and most likely dismiss, she thought to herself). Gareth returned home and excitedly told his wife this news, who gently explained that the book he had written actually wasn’t very good, but reminded him that he had recently begun work on a much better idea. This turned out to be good advice. In 2007 Bloomsbury published the first of four books in the series The Dragon Detective Agency and have since published The Thornthwaite Inheritance, Space Crime Conspiracy and The Considine Curse. He has also written a shorter story, Perry’s 5, published by Barrington Stoke and a series of books called Ninja Meerkats, published by Stripes.

Gareth now divides his time between writing books, producing TV programmes, spending time with his wife and son, Herbie and playing the slightly ludicrous number of stringed instruments in his front room.

*Picture and Biography from Goodreads

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