Children’s book review: Project Jackalope by Emily Ecton

What a surprise (not) El has been reading again! The publishers sent us a new book called Project Jackalope to put to the bookworm test.

About the book:

A jackalope is a mythical creature which looks like a cutesy bunny rabbit but with super sharp antlers. Jeremy’s troubles begin when his eccentric neighbour, Professor Twitchett, leaves him an ‘experiment’ for safe-keeping;  a Jackalope! Then government agents show up at Jeremy’s house, everything goes crazy bananas. It seems the government wants the Jackalope for their own purposes, and they will stop at nothing to get him. Jeremy must find a way to protect the Jackalope, and himself, so he reluctantly joins forces with Agatha, his holier-than-thou genius neighbor and classmate. With the Jackalope (and his weapons-grade-antlers) tucked away in a backpack, they have only one chance to save Jack and still find a way to get their science fair projects in on time.

What El liked:

The idea and the imagination of it all. It’s a good idea and has a lot of potential. It’s written well. It’s not really my type of book but I can see lots of other people liking it.

What El didn’t like:

Well to be honest it wasn’t really my type of book. I lost interest in it a lot. However just because I don’t like it doesn’t mean that many other people wouldn’t enjoy it.
I’m also a bit worried about the age rating. There is one swear word that I noticed which I believe was not suitable for the book’s target age group (10 and up). I’m also a bit concernernd about the jackalope’s fondness for booze. But hey if that’s the legend of the jackalope then I guess it’s gotta be in the book.

This is a good book for:

Boys aged 10 and up whose parents don’t mind them reading the occasional swear word and like unusual stories.

Project Jackalope by Emily Eaton is published by Chronicle Books, price £9.99

March 10, 2012. Tags: , , , . Reviews.

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