Guaranteed Laughs: Review of 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

Derek Dool Supercool is a new series from children’s author, TV producer and all-round entertainer, Adrian Beck. The first instalment, Bust a Move, introduces readers to one Derek Dilbert Dool.

Contrary to what the title suggests, Derek is probably not supercool, in fact, he’s decidedly uncool. But the beauty in this story lies in Derek’s absolute belief of his awesomeness. In Bust a Move Derek decides to show how cool he is by winning a school dance-off against his archenemy, Carmichael Cruz. Surprise, surprise, Derek can’t dance to save his life.

Adrian Beck knows how to write funny, and kids (and adults) will be laughing out loud at Derek’s antics. He’s the perfect anti-hero and his best friends, Big Denise and Booger, are the consummate supporting cast.

Just like the awesomeness Derek believes is pumping through his veins, this book is pumping with pure fun. It’s a delight to read a book where the characters and action truly jump off the page, and that delivers the light-hearted relief that the cover promises. Bonus points to Adrian for sneaking in themes of friendship, family and self-belief underneath the laugh-out-loud humour.

Scott Edgar’s quirky illustrations add to the enjoyment, as do the break out chapters, daggy Dad jokes and engaging text design. This is a series perfect for both keen and reluctant readers. Highly recommended for 8+ boys and girls, and fans of Timmy Failure, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and WeirDo.

It sounds like each book in the series will feature another harebrained attempt from Derek to become popular – so stay tuned for the next adventure, Derek Dool Supercool: Going Viral, out later this year.

Reviews

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

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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

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2 April 2020

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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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