Being Derek Dool: 5 things Adrian Beck did that are a little bit ‘Derek Dool’

Being Derek Dool: 5 things Adrian Beck did that are a little bit ‘Derek Dool’

Have you ever wondered if sometimes, when authors say they’ve made-up a character in a book they might only be telling part of the truth? Perhaps the character, just coincidentally, seems to be very like them? We think that’s the case for Adrian Beck, the author of the Derek Dool Supercool series.

Read the below then check out his book . . . we’ll let you be the judge.

Five things that Adrian Beck did that are a little bit ‘Derek Dool’.

  1. He invented a game called ‘eat the onion’. Then he ate the onion. (So surprising that this game didn’t take off).
  2. He wore fairy lights in his hair to the school disco. (That’s one way to get attention).
  3. He invented a sport called ‘no rules football’ and played it at school. Strangely, it was banned after one lunch time.
  4. He tried dyeing his hair blonde with lemons in the school toilets. Result: it did not work. On the plus side – the toilets smelled better than ever.
  5. He decided to take up rowing. But he fell in the river at the jetty BEFORE getting in the boat. Then he quit for good without ever having rowed.

 

Still not convinced? Find Derek Dool Supercool 1: Bust a Move, Derek Dool Supercool 2: Going Viral and Derek Dool Supercool 3: Run for Your Life at your local bookstore. At the very least you’ll enjoy the bad dad jokes like these two:

Q: What’s the best way to cope with a bad haircut?

A: Let it grow on you!

 

Q: How do you make a hanky dance?

A: Put a little boogie in it!

You can catch up with Adrian on our Facebook page where is is the regular host of our Facebook Live author and illustrator events. His humour and curiosity make for engaging viewing for kids and adults. Check out his interview style with best-selling authors Neil Gaiman, Jessica Townsend, Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton, Paul Jennings, Jeff Kinney and Josh Pyke. And for super funny fun watch the event with Adrian and Scott Edgar,  the illustrator of the Derek Dool series. Just go to the video section of Better Reading Kids Facebook page and you’ll find hours of entertainment!

Reviews

Cross-country cool: Read an extract from Derek Dool Supercool 3: Run For Your Life by Adrian Beck

Review | Extract

6 January 2021

Cross-country cool: Read an extract from Derek Dool Supercool 3: Run For Your Life by Adrian Beck

Next Hilarious Chapter: Read another Extract from Derek Dool Supercool: Bust a Move by Adrian Beck and Scott Edgar

Review | Extract

9 April 2020

Next Hilarious Chapter: Read another Extract from Derek Dool Supercool: Bust a Move by Adrian Beck and Scott Edgar

Laugh-Out-Loud New Series: Read an Extract from Derek Dool Supercool: Bust a Move by Adrian Beck and Scott Edgar

Review | Extract

2 April 2020

Laugh-Out-Loud New Series: Read an Extract from Derek Dool Supercool: Bust a Move by Adrian Beck and Scott Edgar

Guaranteed Laughs: Review of Derek Dool Supercool: Bust a Move by Adrian Beck and Scott Edgar

Review

2 April 2020

Guaranteed Laughs: Review of Derek Dool Supercool: Bust a Move by Adrian Beck and Scott Edgar

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Synopsis

DEREK DILBERT DOOL returns in another SUPERCOOL adventure! Thankfully, so do his friends Booger and Big Denise. After accidentally going viral, Derek is now on a mission to DELIBERATELY go viral! After all, what's more SUPERCOOL than being an internet hit? The only problem is, none of his ideas are quite working out as he expected. But Derek's not the type to give up. No way! He is determined to achieve VIRAL VICTORY – even if it's the last thing he ever does.

Synopsis

DEREK DILBERT DOOL is back and ready to make his MARK! Or should that be TAKE HIS MARK as he attempts to become SUPERCOOL by winning the school cross country? Derek’s not a natural athlete – far from it! But when AWESOMENESS is on the line, he’s willing to do what it takes. But all Derek’s plans go out the window when the race begins. Could the rumours of a scary old witch who lurks in the bush turn out to be TRUE?

Publisher details

Derek Dool Supercool 1: Bust a Move
Authors
Adrian Beck, Scott Edgar
Publisher
Penguin
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
03 March, 2020

Synopsis

Think of the COOLEST, FUNNIEST, most HANDSOME kid in school, times it by a gazillion and you get DEREK DILBERT DOOL. At least he thinks so . . . Pity he’s the only one.Life’s tough when your name’s Derek. You’re destined to be uncool. But Derek is determined to find something - anything - that will change that. He’s sick of being picked last in PE, of not being invited to parties, and of all the cool kids using his freckles as dot-to-dot challenges. Derek is going to find something that will make him SUPERCOOL and nothing is going to stop him.
Scott Edgar
About the author

Scott Edgar

After a childhood steeped in role playing games, comic books and getting in trouble for drawing lizard warriors in the margins of exam papers, Scott has gone on to a career in the creative arts which has taken him through theatre, music, comedy, games, radio and television. But he always finds his way back to his first love of drawing lizard warriors in the margins of exam papers.Scott studied Design at Monash University before running off to join the circus (aka a Theatre Production degree at the Victorian College of the Arts). Scott works in the comics, games and children’s book space. And he is also a writer for games and animation, for studios such as the Cartoon Network and Ubisoft games.

Books by Scott Edgar

Adrian Beck
About the author

Adrian Beck

Adrian Beck writes funny, action-packed stories for kids. Adrian produces the TV show, Kids’ WB, and has also worked on The Logie Awards, Carols by Candlelight, Prank Patroland Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Adrian is the author of the Champion Charlies series and Stuff Happens: Dale plus he co-wrote the Kick it to Nick series with AFL legend Shane Crawford. Adrian is the co-editor of Total Quack Up, along with Sally Rippin.

Books by Adrian Beck

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