Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author

'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.'

TOM FLETCHER, Pop Star and Author

'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.'

THE BOOKBAG, a book blog

'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.’


‘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.’