Kid’s Book Review: Curse Breaker

Kid’s Book Review: Curse Breaker

About the Book and Author

For readers who like to be in control this book’s definitely one for you! Published by Usborne this magically illustrated gamebook is a story with a difference – one where the hero is the reader escaping from a prison cell on death row.

As the door of the prison opens you’re let loose on an adventure where every choice is yours, and your survival depends upon the decisions you make. Who to fight? Who to trust? In a world that’s unravelling before your eyes, the mystery goes deeper than you could possibly have dreamt. The combination of a thrilling story, beautifully illustrated picture puzzles and an exciting combat system result in an epic adventure that will have you gripped from beginning to end.


Before joining Usborne, Simon worked in Moscow as sports editor for a local paper. These days he writes about things that aren’t actually real, but are very important nevertheless. Monsters, dragons, superheroes – all the sort of stuff he loved as a child. And still does, truth be told.

After an enjoyable stint as a graphic designer, Tom Knight is now proud to be using his imagination as a full time career. Drawing on a long and abiding love of imagery from childrens literature, Tom has worked for a diverse range of publishers, including Little Tiger Press, Templar, Simon and Schuster, Scholastic and Macmillan. He has also turned his hand to authoring his own titles and is the author and illustrator for the ‘Good Knight, Bad Knight’ books and ‘Jimmy Finnigan’s Wild Wood Band’.

Book Review

It is great how you get to choose what you do in the book

Curse Breaker is a fictional story based on a character who will be sentenced to death but escapes the prison he is locked in and goes across town to see where it leads him. He then goes across town to see where it leads him.

(From the title I thought it would be about a curse and that someone would break it which causing havoc, so it turned out to be different from my initial guess).

I liked how you get to follow your path and choose where to go. It is also like a game as you roll dice to see which option you get. I recommend you make sure you keep your finger in the page you are on whilst searching for another page number, if not and you forget the page number you’re meant to be looking for then you will have problems finding where you were in the story which is a bit annoying. I didn’t like how you had to write down all of your money and items you have during the game and how every time you got something new or you spent something, you would have to update it so sometimes I didn’t bother and just moved on.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is 10 – 12 years. It is great how you get to choose what you do in the book. If you make the wrong choice and your character dies you can just start again and choose different answers on the re-reading.

As I liked this book so much, I am going to have to give it 4.5 stars.

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Reviewer Profile

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  • Name: Marsden
  • Age: 10 years
  • Likes: computer games, reading, riding my bike
  • Dislikes: mis-matching clothes and minced beef
  • Favourite Book: Danny Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
  • Favourite Song: BTS Dynamite
  • Favourite Film: Marvel End Games