Saturday, July 22, 2017

ARC Review: The Danger Gang and the Pirates of Borneo! by Stephen Bramucci

The Danger Gang and the Pirates of Borneo!
Author: Stephen Bramucci, illustrated by Arree Chung
Series: Danger Gang (Book 1)
Publication: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (August 1, 2017)

Description: Ronald Zupan is a daring master adventurer! But he actually hasn't experienced any grand adventures . . . YET! When his world-traveling parents are kidnapped on his twelfth birthday, Ronald seizes the chance to prove himself with a dazzling, danger-defying rescue operation.

Teaming up with his trusty butler Jeeves, his quick-witted fencing nemesis Julianne Sato, and his pet cobra Carter, Ronald sets course for the jungle of Borneo where his parents were last sighted. If they can crash-land a plane and outrun a hungry snow leopard, surely they can find the secret lair of Zeetan Z, the world's most ruthless pirate! But as their adventure becomes more and more dangerous, can Ronald and his companions muster enough courage to see this adventure through?

My Thoughts: Ronald Zupan is primed and ready to be a master adventurer like his famous parents. He has a pet Cobra named Carter and a dashing, and very realistic, mustache. On the morning of his eleventh birthday, he wakes to find that his parents, who promised to return to help him celebrate, are not there.

Ronald, his pet cobra, his reluctant butler Jeeves and his fencing rival Julianne Sato are off to find them. During their adventures they fly and crash land an airplane, deal with a giant, outwit poop slinging orangutans and their trainer Three-fingered Jack, and chase down the dreaded pirate Zeetan Z. Each page is filled with outrageous adventure told by Ronald who is quick to make himself an extraordinary hero. At the end of each chapter, Jeeves, who is really Tom Halladay, adds some notes about errors in Ronald's telling of the story.

I enjoyed this story and think it will be a hit with upper elementary and middle grade students. They will enjoy getting to know Ronald and watching him grow and change through the course of this story. 

This book will be illustrated though my advanced reader copy has only sketches of what is to come. The illustrations look like they will enhance the story and the adventure.

Favorite Quote:
"Who do you think kidnapped your parents?" Julianne asked as I tried to pry Carter off her shoulder.

"A soulless villain," I said. "A dastardly dog, a spineless rogue, a --"

"So, no idea then?"
I received this one for review from Bloomsbury. You can buy your copy here.

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