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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Billy's Brain Booster Juice is a work of fiction in the children’s adventure story sub-genre and was penned by author Becci Murray. The story focuses on ten-year-old Billy who, while exploring his own school playground, comes across a magical recipe that boosts his brainpower. Although he might have imagined that being a super-genius would be an incredible boon to his social and school life, having a brain the size of Venus isn't all it's cracked up to be. Dealing with some topical issues of schoolyard social dynamics and bullying, this is a delightful tale with plenty of funny moments and important lessons to learn.
Author Becci Murray has crafted an enchanting chapter book for independent readers aged 8 to 12 years old, one in which there is never a dull moment and the end of each section delivers much promise and excitement for the next. I felt that the use of vocabulary was not only appropriate to the age range but intelligently placed within the context to aid the learning of readers who are embarking on chapter books for the first time. The character development within the work is larger than life, producing many memorable figures that are, in part, recognizable from a child's real school life, but also highly exaggerated for comedic and adventurous enjoyment in the story. Overall, I would highly recommend Billy's Brain Booster Juice as an all-round excellent work for young readers: charmingly written and both entertaining and educational.