Funny Kid: Next Level
Illustrator: Matt Stanton
ISBN: 9780733340895
Series Number: 5
Published: 2020
Every kid wants to laugh, but Max is the boy who can make it happen. A new video game has thrown Redhill Middle School into chaos. Will Max get the screen time he needs to dominate? Max is the funny kid and he's trying to beat Redhill's mystery pro gamer! Toilet snoozes, student protests, parent-teacher nights that go horribly wrong and an epic courtroom battle against Max's baby sister are just some of the things…

Funny Kid Next Level is a great book to read. Set in Max’s hometown of Redhill, we follow the story
of a group of unique friends who are on a mission to become professional gamers. They encounter
difficulties along the way from friends and family. The storyline is easy to follow with smooth
transitions between events.

Key moments allow the author to surprise the reader with a ‘bombshell’, keeping you engaged. The reader joins a journey of problem solving and discovery as the friends embark on living their dream.

The use of illustrations throughout the book provides a welcome break from reading, whilst you still appreciate and follow the events. As this book is a novella, the length was adequate to the storyline, keeping the reader engaged from beginning to end. It is an action-packed book, with many twists and turns plotted throughout. I strongly recommend this book for kids aged 10 – 16.

Reviewed by Oliver D. – Year 8 – Salesian College Sunbury