My Homework Ate My Dog!

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
184 Pages
Reviewed on 07/29/2020
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Author Biography

Derek Taylor Kent is known for his children's books, his best-selling, award-winning titles are treasured in hundreds of thousands of homes across the world. He and his wife, author Sheri Fink are the founders of Whimsical World, an empowering children’s brand that publishes books and produces whimsical merchandise, inspiring entertainment, and magical experiences for children of all ages.

Derek is best known for his award-winning middle-grade series, SCARY SCHOOL (written under pen-name Derek the Ghost). It was published by HarperCollins and is one of the most popular book series for middle-readers ages 7 to 12. There are currently four books in this beloved series and remains a best-selling title. His newest middle-grade novel (ages 7-12) MY HOMEWORK ATE MY DOG! is due for release April, 2020. His previous middle-grade novel, PRINCIPAL MIKEY, was released May 2018 and became a #1 best-seller on Amazon. It tells the story of a 10-year-old kid who becomes principal of his school, and things don't go anything close to expected.

His newest picture book, DINOSAUR DERBY was released March 24, 2020 and features a thrilling race with dozens of dinos. Derek’s biggest hit of 2019 was THE GROSSEST PICTURE BOOK EVER. It features a contest at the end of the book to see if you can read the book aloud without laughing out loud!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite

My Homework Ate My Dog! by Derek Taylor Kent is a young adult fantasy book that would appeal most to a mixed audience of pre-teen and teens who enjoy magical fantasy fiction. Eleven-year-old Rudy Berkman and his dog, Beast, barely survived a fire that burned everything the Berkman family owned to the ground and resulted in Rudy being enrolled in Danville Reformatory School. It is in Danville that Rudy’s life is forever changed when his homework comes to life and eats his dog. Are you ready to follow Rudy, Brett, and crazy Grandpa Stu as they set out to rescue Beast?

My Homework Ate My Dog! by Derek Taylor Kent is a well-written book with a cover image that immediately pulled me in with a desire to find out what was going on with the vicious-looking homework. This book reminded me a bit of Harry Potter and Goosebumps, yet I found myself liking it more than those series as it was not as predictable as they were. I have to say that even as an adult I found this book to be an amusing read. If I had read it as a middle schooler it probably would have been one of my favorite books as it was filled with mystery, fantasy, and a bit of horror. My favorite part of the book was when Grandpa Stu let Rudy in on the truth of the War of the Ankaras after Rudy and Brett rescued him with the help of the ice cream man. Overall, I found this book to be a great read that held my attention so tightly that I finished it in one go.