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Corey’s Corner – Review – Future Ratboy and the Attack of the Killer Robot Grannies by Jim Smith


Move over Spidey, get back in your cave Batman, and keep your glasses on Clark Kent, there’s a new superhero in town. FUTURE RATBOY.

When a bolt of lightning hits Colin Lampost (and his toy bird, Bird), he is zapped millions of years into the future! Life will never be the same again. Bird has been brought to life as Not Bird and Brian’s DNA is fused with a rat giving him superkeel powers. Future Ratboy is born!

But the future is not a safe place to be and there are killer robot grannies on the rampage! Will the dynamic duo survive the attack and save the world?

Join Future Ratboy and Not Bird on their first adventure to find out! 

Publisher – Jelly Pie/Egmont

Date Published – 30th July 2015

Pages – 256 pages

Format – Paperback

Category – MG / Children’s

Source –

We were send a copy of this book by the publisher Jelly Pie / Egmont in exchange for an honest review.  This does not affect my review or my opinions in any way.  Thank you for sending us this book to read and review.

**Please note this review is as spoiler free as possible**

Hi, my name is Corey, I am ten and today I am doing a review on Future Ratboy!!!

Do you remember Barry Loser watches and has a favourite TV programme?  If so what was it called?

Future Ratboy!!!

This book is about a kid called Colin Lamppost and one stormy night he jumped into a bin which had a TV, a rat and his cuddly teddy, bird, but then the lightening suddenly hit the bin!!!  He got transported millions of years into the future!!!  He then finds he has to fight two killer robot grannies and Mr X as they are stealing body parts from other people!

The book is told from Future Ratboy’s (Colin Lamppost’s) point of view.

The characters are: Future Ratboy (Colin Lamppost), Not Bird (Future Ratboy’s sidekick), Twoface (has two faces), Splorg (a blue sluggish alien) and Jamjar ( who has five arms).

My favourite part was when he got zapped in the bin!!!

My favourite character was not Bird because he always says ‘NOT!’!

The funny part that made me laugh was when Future Ratboy screamed ‘RAT!’ and pointed at himself!!! The whole book made me laugh.

I’ve not done anything like what the characters in Future Ratboy do, but I wish I could throw popcorn in the air like Colin Lamppost as that is what he always wanted to do.

There’s nothing that needs to be improved in this book but there should be a sequel!!!

I would recommend this book to all my friends at school because it was that good.

If you like comedy, drama, sci fi and noses (Barry Loser) then you will love this book!



About Jim Smith


After graduating with a first class degree in advertising, graphic design and illustration in 1997, Jim Smith was spotted by the owner of a small coffee shop chain and brought in to fill the walls of their flagship store with his paintings.

It was a three month contract; seventeen years later, Jim is head of design at Puccino’s Worldwide Ltd, now an international coffee shop franchise with stores in the UK, Europe and Egypt.

In the meantime he’s illustrated kids’ food packaging for M&S, drawn cartoons on the sides of PJ smoothies, created in-store graphics for Orange phone stores, designed book covers and branded a New York based Iced Tea company.

In 2010, Jim launched the hugely successful Waldo Pancake range of stationery and gift products, now sold in the UK, Australia, Singapore, Europe and the US.

‘I am not a Loser’ by Barry Loser, the first of a series of children’s books ‘spellchecked’ by Jim, was published in 2012, having already sold rights to nine countries. The sequel, ‘I am Still Not a Loser’ was the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 and declared the funniest book for children aged seven to fourteen.

Jim has now written six Barry Loser books, and numerous short stories. ‘Future Ratboy’, a spin-off series of books based on Barry’s favourite TV star, debuts in July 2015.

Find out more on Jim’s website – here

Follow Jim on twitter using @BarryLoser

You can buy Future Ratboy or Barry Loser books here

Happy Reading



Corey’s Corner – Review – The Dreamsnatcher by Abi Elphinstone

 untitledTwelve-year-old Molly Pecksniff wakes one night in the middle of the forest, lured there by a recurring nightmare – the one with the drums and the rattles and the masks. The Dreamsnatcher is waiting. He has already taken her dreams and now he wants her life. Because Moll is more important than she knows…The Oracle Bones foretold that she and Gryff, a wildcat that has always been by her side, are the only ones who can fight back against the Dreamsnatcher’s dark magic. Suddenly everything is at stake, and Moll is drawn into a world full of secrets, magic and adventure

Check out the magical book trailer!

Publisher – Simon & Schuster Ltd

Date Published – 26th February 2015

Pages – 288 pages

Format – Paperback

Category – Children’s

Source –

My Mom was sent a limited edition book proof of this book by the wonderful Lovereading4kids, the publisher Simon & Schuster Ltd and the author Abi Elphinstone in exchange for an honest review.  This does not affect my review or my opinions in any way.  Thank you all for sending us this book to read and review.

**Please note this review is as spoiler free as possible**

Hi I’m Corey.  I am 9 years old…my Mom who runs Tales Of Yesterday has let me have my own little corner so I can write reviews on books.  I really enjoy reading and hope to share my thoughts with you!

First, I’ll speak about the main characters. There is: Moll, Oak, Alfie (later in the book), Siddy and Gryff – The cat.  Gryff was my favourite character because he reminded me of my cat Louie.  Louie always protects me and sleeps at the bottom of my bed.  He has brown stripy fur and licks me a lot!

Secondly, my favourite bit. I loved the part where it goes on about all the strange and gruesome things in the tree house.  I wish I had a tree house to keep disgusting things in to scare my Mom!

Thirdly, what impression did it leave on me? I was pretty relieved because I thought Gryff was going to die!

Fourthly, would I change anything?  No I would not change anything. It is perfectly fine as it is.  I really enjoyed it!

If I would recommend this book to another person –  yes. My younger step-brother although im concerned he might not be able to read all the long words…but he would have fun reading the adventure like I did.

I think the sort of person that would like this book will have had a taste of adventure and like magic and fun!

Now, in conclusion, I am going to rate this book out of 5!  Before I do this I have got to say this book was exquisite and I am looking forward to reading the sequel.  Also well done to the author of the book which is Abi Elphinstone.  So the rating out of 5 from me is……



About Abi Elphinstone


I grew up in Scotland where weekends were spent building dens in the woods, jumping into icy rivers, hiding in tree houses and running wild across highland glens. School came as a bit of a surprise (lots of ‘being inside’ and ‘listening’) but English lessons were great. I loved stories – reading them, writing them, listening to them – and it was back then that I discovered worlds  behind wardrobes, teachers called Trunchbull and shape-shifting daemons…

 I got through school, despite being branded as ‘unteachable’ and ‘prone to spasmodic outbursts of silliness’ by my headmistress, and after an English degree at Bristol University and several years as an English teacher in Africa, Berkshire and London, I am now back to hiding in tree houses and building dens – sometimes in real life, mostly in my books.  

The Dreamsnatcher is my debut novel for 9-12 year olds and a sequel will be published in 2016. When I’m not writing about Moll and Gryff’s adventures, I blog about children’s books over at, work as a volunteer for a charity called Beanstalk, do star jumps on the top of mountains and remember the good old days when I used to dress up as a unicorn.

You can find out more about Abi on her website here

Or follow her on twitter using @moontrug

 Happy Reading


 You can see my Mom’s review here

Or find out the research behind The Dreamsnatcher here

Check out this fab guest post by Abi with top 10 Shadow Keeper (which is the sequel to The Dreamsnatcher) Songs here


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