Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy

Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy

Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy
Lara Williamson

Usborne Publishing Ltd

ISBN 9781474921305

My name is Adam Butters. I live on planet Earth, I like eating spaghetti hoops and I've decided I'm going to be a SUPERHERO. Everyone loves superheroes, they solve problems and make people happy, and that's good because my mum needs cheering up. Also, I've found out that before I was adopted my real mum called me ACE. So now I've just got to prove to the world that's what I am. One mission at a time...Hilarious, heart-warming and heart-breaking in equal measure, this is a story about the power in all of us to be extraordinary.

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Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy5/5

Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy

Lara Williamson

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Adam has always known he was adopted and he is generally happy and secure within his family. A school project on family trees, however, niggles away at the little bit of him that feels incomplete and this, coupled with the secret his parents are keeping from the rest of the family, causes him to embark on a search for his birth mother and the answers to his questions. Adam also wants to be a superhero, like in the comics he loves to share with his Dad, because then everyone will love him and everyone will be happy but Adam has some difficult lessons to learn about the things that even superheroes cannot do This, like the author's previous books, is really about families in all their forms and the bonds (not always blood) that tie them together. It examines complex and challenging emotions from the point of view of a child in the midst of a bewildering situation and young readers will come away with the reassurance that they are not 'bad' if they feel anger or fear or other negative emotions. Adam's story does have a happy ending but with that little tinge of something not quite resolved, much like the messiness of real life. All this makes the book sound like a serious read but there is much humour to be found in Max's relationships with his school friends and his teacher and with his sisters and the family's imaginary dog, Sausage-Roll. There is a heart at the centre of this book, and a touch of sentimentality but above all, an honest description of the ups and downs of family life which young readers from traditional as well as non-traditional family units will recognise. 336 pages / Ages 9+ / Reviewed by June Hughes, school librarian.

Reviewed by: June Hughes