Published by Chicken House on 3rd March 2016
Genres: Children's, Fantasy
Source: Bought from Waterstones
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Darkus is miserable. His dad has disappeared, and now he is living next door to the most disgusting neighbours ever.
A giant beetle called Baxter comes to his rescue. But can the two solve the mystery of his dad’s disappearance, especially when links emerge to cruel Lucretia Cutter and her penchant for beetle jewellery? A coffee-mug mountain, home to a million insects, could provide the answer – if Darkus and Baxter are brave enough to find it …
Reviewed by Casper
Darkus is an ordinary kid who lives with his dad. His dad works at a museum and one day he goes missing. Darkus has to move away and move schools. On the second day at his uncle’s home, a giant beetle falls out of his horrible neighbour’s pants and it seems to be able to listen to Darkus. With the help of his Uncle Max, his two new friends Virginia and Bertolt, and a LOT of beetles, Darkus tries to find and save his dad.
I would rate this book 5 out of 5 as it’s sometimes funny, sometimes shocking and sometimes sad. I didn’t have a favourite character as they are all great and seem so real. I would mostly recommend this book to anyone who is 9-12 but I think you could read it even if you’re older and you’re likely to enjoy it.