Boy vs. Beast: Rock Mutant by Mac Park
Published by Pop & Fizz and Scholastic Paddle Pop Press
The Boy vs. Beast series is a popular collection aimed at encouraging young, reluctant boys into reading and to build their skills in fluency. The books' main plot focuses on territorial battles fought between fierce beasts and a brave boy and his dog.
When once the worlds were shared between beast and man, they are now divided into two; Beastium and Earth. Within Beastium, four lands exist; fire, water, rock and air. The protagonist, Kai Masters is a Border Guard protecting Earth, and is training to become a Border Master like those before him. He and his robotic canine friend, BC3 prepare for combat, utilising their purpose-built gadgets and battle gear appropriate for the Beastium land they will be entering. Their treacherous adventure sees them battling mutant beasts; that is, beasts with mixed-up elements, and more than one head! With some clever thinking and plenty of duel action with their trusty weapons, Earth is finally safe from mutants...for now.
'Boy vs. Beast: Rock Mutant' is fast-paced and energetic, with lots of elements to keep its readers' minds buzzing. Boys from six years old will enjoy the continual action, and the illustrations which range from digital diagrams to sketches, beast I.Ds and comic style layouts.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Mac Park
Illustrator: Melanie Matthews and James Hart
Title: Boy vs. Beast: Rock Mutant by Mac Park
Publisher: Pop & Fizz and Scholastic
Published: March 2015