Monday, September 08, 2008

MomCat Reviews: The Dangerous Days of Daniel X

I have to admit something. I'm not a big James Patterson fan. I've read one or two of his books before and I realize he's got a huge following. But, something about them didn't connect for me, and so I've never tried to read others. Until now...

When MotherTalk approached me to review The Dangerous Days of Daniel X, a new novel geared towards tween-aged boys, I was curious as to whether I'd like it. But, more importantly, would my 9-year-old son and sometimes reluctant reader like it?

My son is currently into the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. If you've read them, you know they're quite funny in a 7th-grade humor type of way. But, do they really stretch my kids reading ability, vocabulary or reading confidence? No, I can safely say they do not. This book just might do that.

James Patterson has a 10-year-old son and has said he created his hit Maximum Ride series and now Daniel X with his son in mind. Patterson saw a need to engage boys of his son's age who find much less offerings to draw them into reading in the library aisles than their girl counterparts do.

If I could describe this book to you in two words, it would be this: IMAGINATION EXPLOSION. Patterson had to have had a blast writing this book.

I have never read a book that was filled with more creative language and story lines than this one. Patterson wisely keeps the chapters to only a few pages, knowing boys' attention spans sometimes wander. Each chapter ends with his cliff-hanger style, which keeps you wanting to turn to the next page.

Now, after reading Daniel, I think my 9-year-old son, who can scare easily and leans to the sensitive side, might be on the young end of who should read this book. The boy's parents are murdered at the beginning of the book by aliens and there are some gruesome (but hilariously written) show-downs with the alien bad guys including one unforgettable body morphing one at the end of the book. So, I may wait a year or so for him to read it. But, I know that he will love it once he does and I'm happy to know there will be a series of these books for him.

This book has it all, alien hunting action, the sensitive memoir of a boy-like superhero living on his own, and a main character with superhuman abilities that transform his life and his battles in interesting ways. Add to that the suspense you feel when reading and knowing that Daniel is also being fiercely hunted while he hunts down aliens, and you've got a real page turner. I read the book in two sittings and might have read it in one if I had the time to do so.

The main reason I feel happy to tell you about this book is that parents are often looking for a book that they can read either with their kids or take turns reading. Harry Potter gave us that. Well, The Dangerous Days of Daniel X does the same and it does it in such an action-pack thrill ride of an adventure that you'll be glad you chose to read along. Check out a trailer of the book here!

This book was sponsored by MotherTalk . I received a copy of the book and an Amazon gift card for agreeing to review the book.

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Blogger Nicole said...

My son loves the Wimpy Kid books, too and I'd love to expand his reading experience...we'll check it out!

2:29 PM, September 08, 2008  

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