Dead Boy by Laurel Gale is a great book to choose for Halloween reading or listening with your middle grade children. As an adult I loved it! It’s dark and funny and it comes with a great message that shows kids and adults alike the importance of friendship and loyalty.
Dead Boy is narrated Robbie Daymond who I haven’t had the pleasure of listening to before but sure would again. I thought he did an awesome job with the different characters and best of all he kept me eagerly listening to find out what would happen next.
Crow is dead … and yet he isn’t dead too. He died in the fourth grade and yet he’s alive (kind of, not really) and still growing. He can’t eat or taste anything and unfortunately his body doesn’t always stay in one piece and even worse the maggots like to make an appearance at inopportune moments and let’s not forget he smells really bad. Thankfully his mom can always sew him back together which he appreciates but she also won’t let him go outside and that’s something he wants more than anything. When Melody moves in next door she refuses to give up and she and Crow become friends despite everything. With Melody he finally gets to have a little adventure in his life as they decide to investigate a monster in a nearby park. Adventure turns into danger as the two learn the value of friendship and the courage to face anything to protect your friends.
Did I Fancy It
I sure did. The only way I think I may have enjoyed it even more would have been if I had listened with a young person. It’s a fantastic audio so if you’re looking for something to enjoy with your kids this Halloween add this one to your list. Loved it!