Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Book Review - The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid

The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid

About the Book
Warning! Unless you have express permission from young Russell Weinwright to access his personal journal, do not read any further. This blurb is strictly off-limits! Seriously, we mean it.

Okay, if you are still with us, here is what we can share: Russell is a middle schooler; he excessively doodles in his spiral notebook; he has two best friends, Charlotte and Preston; he is not-so-great at sports; and he is pond scum. Nicknamed "Swamp Kid" by his classmates, Russell has algae for hair, a tree trunk of a right arm, webbed toes, and a parsnip for a thumb. Also, Russell's favorite meal is sunlight. Also, a frog lives in his arm.

In this notebook, Russell details, in both hilarious text and green-tinted illustrations (complete with ketchup stains!), what it's like to be different, to be comfortable in his own skin (no matter how slimy), to discover his true talents, to avoid the intense stare of Mr. Finneca (his suspicious science teacher), and to find humor in the everyday weird.

This is The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid by writer and illustrator Kirk Scroggs, and you'll never look at the bayou the same way again.

My Take on the Book
This was a fun book that looks at a fun character that definitely does not always get things right but he is a very fun characters that, while flawed at times, he is also lovable and one that draws you in from beginning to end. One of the things that I loved about this book was that it really allows any reader to see a character that it's ok to be different and that what is important is to make sure that you find your true gifts to allow you to be who you are.

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