The Astounding Broccoli Boy

The Astounding Broccoli Boy

Book - 2015
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Rory Rooney likes to be prepared for anything, but when he inexplicably turns green and finds himself in an experimental hospital ward with his nemesis, school bully Tommy-Lee "Grim" Komissky, everyone is baffled but Rory believes he and Grim have become superheroes.
Publisher: New York, NY : Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015
ISBN: 9780062400178
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 22 cm


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Jul 23, 2017

This book is way too funny! The author did a great job, because this book is a page-turner. The Astounding Broccoli Boy relates the adventure of Rory Rooney, smallest kid in his year, who suddenly turns bright green while on a year 7 trip. Right after injuring his bully, Tommy-Lee Komissky, by giving him a wagon wheel. Tommy-Lee has a severe nut allergy, so he blew up like a balloon and went to hospital. Rory then finds himself in the isolation ward, full of blood and urine tests. Just to find Tommy-Lee Komissky in the other room, also green. They immediately think they are super heroes! Read about their hilarious adventures in this book. My favourite part was when they "robbed" the bank. Which was actually a club named "The Bank". They got money because everyone thought it was for charity.... but, I won't spoil it all! This book really is "astounding"!

cmlibrary_jcurrie Jun 07, 2016

I was hoping that Rory Rooney would be more of a superhero in this story, he ended up being just a regular kid that happened to turn green. He didn't have super powers or save the world. There were some funny parts in the book when Rory was in dangerous situations and referenced a book that his dad bought him called "Don't Be Scared, Be Prepared". Rory tried to think and be prepared when faced with a bad situation.

zackids Jun 08, 2015

‘Every story has a hero. All you have to do is make sure it’s you.’ From this very first line Frank Cottrell Boyce draws you in to this wonder filled story of Rory, an ordinary boy who becomes extraordinary when he mysteriously turns green. Rory has been bullied most of his school life by Grim Komissky but when they both find himself in the same situation (green and seemingly no reason for it) they must band together and discover how they can put their green-ness to use. After all, the Incredible Hulk, Green Lantern and Swamp Thing are all green and superheroes so why can’t they be?

I think the strength of Frank Cottrell Boyce’s stories are his characters and their relationships and this is certainly the case in The Astounding Broccoli Boy. Rory is a great character that kids will be able to relate to and I loved his voice. Grim Komissky was my favourite character. He’s like the kid that on first meeting him you decide you don’t like him but once you get to know him you realise he’s actually pretty cool. I loved the way that Rory and Grim’s relationship grew throughout the story.

The Astounding Broccoli Boy is a book that makes you laugh, makes you think and makes you wish that you had a friend like Rory. Ultimately it shows readers that you don’t need to turn green to be astounding and do extraordinary things.


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zackids Jun 08, 2015

Rory Rooney likes to be prepared for all eventualities. His favourite book is Don’t Be Scared, Be Prepared, and he has memorized every page of it. He could even survive a hippo attack. He knows that just because something is unlikely doesn’t mean it won’t ever happen . . .

But Rory isn’t prepared when he suddenly and inexplicably turns green.

Stuck in an isolation ward in a hospital far from home with two other remarkably green children, Rory’s as confused by his new condition as the medics seem to be.

But what if it’s not in their genes, or a virus, or something they ate? What if turning green actually means you’ve turned into a superhero?

Rory can’t wait to make it past hospital security and discover exactly what his superpower might be . . .


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