'Part-mystery, part-adventure, BEETLE BOY is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read. The narrative voice had a misleading air of charming simplicity about it that immersed you in a plot of entertaining, and sometimes unnerving, depth. Starting with the tantalising set up of a father’s disappearance from a locked room, and ending with a charging beetle army, Leonard winds her way through the twisting, romping plot with a lightness of touch that has already drawn comparisons to Roald Dahl and JK Rowling.'
'M.G. Leonard is a classic storyteller, in the tradition of Roald Dahl or Dodie Smith, but an original voice. We predict that once again the Branford Boase Award judges have recognized an author who will be thrilling young readers for decades to come.'
'This book will take you on an adventure through museums, mansions and secret hideouts where you’ll meet thousands of the most fascinating beetles. I had to pause to google all the different species and couldn’t believe they were real! The action and adventure reminded me of Indiana Jones with a villain evil enough to rival Cruella Deville. By the end, you’ll think beetles are the coolest creatures on the planet and wish one would choose you as a companion. It’s fast paced and full of adventure.'
"Beetle Boy is a great children's book - funny exciting, and genuinely eccentric."
"We live in a world where one in five of our fellow creatures is a beetle. If you already love beetles, you will love this book, but if you have still to discover your inner beetle-boy, or beetle-girl, this imaginative, heart stopping adventure is for you. If I didn't already devote most of my waking hours to beetles, reading this book would make me want to... "
"Beetle Boy is a wonderfully funny, energetic and involving story. It combines classic story-telling with a tremendous sense of fun and excitement. I expect children will be reading it with huge pleasure and interest for many years to come."
"I loved Beetle Boy. It is at once engaging, creepy (bound to be), funny and full of excitement. Truly great storytelling."
'As a reader we immediately warm to Darkus… I haven’t read anything quite like it. The story is likely to appeal equally to boys and girls and - if I’m anything to go by - to any adult who loves a cracking story. I’m not at all surprised this book is being published by the man who is acknowledged to have introduced the world to Harry Potter: maybe, just maybe, M.G. Leonard will be the next J.K. Rowling.’
‘I really enjoyed Beetle Boy and it’s great sense of adventure. It felt like Indiana Jones meets David Attenborough wrapped up in a great kid’s novel… A joyous debut that was educational and entertaining with every turn of the page. Thumbs up!’
‘Bug me! This is as good as it gets! This book will have you scuttling with joy! Beetlelicious, fantastic fun for everyone. I was crawling with joy from every page that I read. Gross, funny and heart warming - a flapping great read, this book has imagination with wings.’
’I loved the wonderful Beetle Boy.’
‘With this thrilling tale of a boy who learns that beetles are magical, Leonard has created a gripping adventure that will charm readers both young and old. filled with dastardly villains and plucky children, Beetle Boy is reminiscent of classic children’s books such as One Hundred and One Dalmatians and Paddington but roots itself firmly in the 21st century. I loved it.’
'A darkly funny Dahl-esque adventure that will captivate readers. You’ll be cheering on young hero Darkus and his amazing army of exotic beetles as they go head-to-head with a fabulously terrifying villain.’