Book Review - FLYING FERGUS: THE CHAMPIONSHIP CHEATS.
The 'Flying Fergus' books are written by Olympic champion Chris Hoy and award-winning author Joanna Nadin. And the buzz from Great Britain’s Olympics success will make this book highly anticipated.
In this book, Fergus and his team are going for the District Championships. And Fergus can really do with things going his way for a change. But will his team, Hercules’ Hopefuls, be undone by the dirty tactics of their rivals, Wallace’s Winners? Who is the mysterious stranger wooing his mother? Can Wallace rescue his long-gone father back from Nevermore? And, just as importantly, will his broken bike be fixed in time for the big race?
Overall, this is a light, fun & humorous read. The book is presented in a delightful way, with maps and character profiles, and with crisp, cartoon illustrations by Clare Elsom. These narrative elements significantly enhance the reading experience. There's no doubt that this book is intended for adolescents, and contains sophomoric humour sure to be appreciated by modern-day kids (“ate four cans of baked beans before a race for extra jet propulsion”). However, there are some terms and phrases (e.g. “to emit an essence of ...”) which will be challenging for younger readers. Additionally, they’re not likely to know what a “fancy man” is.
One of several books in the series, the story is great at generating interest in both casual and competitive cycling. Works well for young readers of both gender, and will sure to leave them wanting more.