A sports-loving boy and his bookworm dad must overcome their differences to fight an evil energy tycoon in this eco-conscious debut.
Ever since his mum died two years ago, Hero Trough has clung to the idea of attending the World Cup. The thought of seeing his hometown’s star striker play in the football championship has been “a flicker of colour in his grey life” , but the game is only weeks away and Dad still hasn’t purchased tickets. When an accident causes Dad to suffer a calamitous concussion, he transforms from a book-obsessed reciter of encyclopedic facts to a loincloth-wearing Earth Warrior determined to save the neighborhood recreation area from a ruthless energy company called Tyranox. Dad’s actions draw the attention of local news outlets and the wrath of Mr. Barnabus Vump, president of Tyranox. Hero’s only hope of saving what’s left of his family lies in recalling facts quoted by his father, facts he thought were too embarrassing to warrant remembrance.
Tackling death, grief, and global warming in one book may sound like a recipe for doom and gloom, but HAQ skillfully infuses every chapter with humor. Dad’s antics are a hoot, and more laughs are gleaned from Hero’s beloved Gran – a world travelling, motorcycle riding activist who delivers one humorous anecdote after another. Though Hero’s relationship with Gran is one of the highlights of the book, his perception of his two best friends is somewhat troubling. Hero has little appreciation for his “techno-geek” friend Mitzy, describing her as “bossy” and “annoyingly unhelpful.” And he has no sympathy for his friend Partha, who laments his dad’s proclivity to fart after eating dhal curry, because “having a dad who stinks is nothing compared to one who’s always got a book in front of his face” . But it’s Hero’s ability to adapt and to see others in a new light that makes him a redeeming character.
Cartoon lettering throughout enhances the playfulness of this quirky tale, and supplemental material on fracking and climate change at the back of the book make this an optimal choice for readers who enjoy learning in a lighthearted environment.
Silly and fun, topical and timely, My Dad, the Earth Warrior is an approachable examination of climate change, interconnectedness, and the need for green energy conveyed through a heartening story of a boy and his dad working to understand and appreciate their differences.
Special thanks to Reedsy Discovery for providing a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.
4,0 von 5 SternenI received this book via BookTasters in exchange for an honest review. Here goes...
4. September 2019 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
This book caught me by surprise but really enjoyed it! My Dad, The Earth Warrior reads like a coming-of-age story for the main character (Hero). It takes readers on an emotional ride, particularly readers who can relate to feeling distant from a parent when growing up. What I loved most about this book is that there are so many lessons for tweens and teens. I don't know if it was the author's intentions, but he managed to capture the erratic- and sometimes volatile- thoughts that can consume children Hero's age....especially children who have experienced trauma. And Haq manages to pull this off while keeping the story pleasant.
I am a HUGE fan of Dr. Bruce Perry and his model of the Six Core Strengths for Healthy Child Development. Hero would be a perfect case study for much of Dr. Perry's work. I wouldn't be surprised if the author was familiar with Dr. Perry's work.
Read this book. If you have a tween or teen, have them read it along with you. I plan to do so with my children.
4,0 von 5 SternenA Great Middle grade read with a greater message
15. Februar 2019 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
My biggest highlight of the book was the relationship building between Hero and his dad. Hero saw his dad as a boring nerd who didn’t notice him. He then sees him as this weird being who somehow doesn’t realize he is not being himself. After the earthquake, that caused the events leading to his dad’s behavior, Hero slowly realized that maybe he was wrong about his father. He started to figure out that his dad is more than his books and that the loss of his mom, his father’s wife, possibly gave his father. I was happy that the relationship was more than took a an experience, a rescue and a truth serum to bring together. Their relationship isn’t perfect but it does allow the reader “to not judge a book by its cover”.
This book also gave a strong message about caring for the environment. I really enjoyed how the author was able to make it so that a younger audience can definitely learn while they leisurely read. The message was also a real message about the consequences of fracking and is something that was well written into the story line. I was able to receive the message all while still investing in the other components of the story.
This was a good middle grade book and I’ve read quite a couple in the last few months. It was well written, and imaginative. It had pretty good background building – although at times I wasn’t always sure of the location of Leaford. The pictures and word art added a lighter feel to some of the more dramatic parts to the story and gave way to a good storytelling experience.
Incredible! Mr. Haq takes on the the very concerning topic of global warming and our earth and presents a story that is fun, enjoyable and understandable for a youngster. The book is easy to read and is filled with vivid imagery, humorous antics, and creative character. By the end of the book, any child, or adult for that matter, will be motivated to do what they can to help take better care of our global home!