Kid’s Book Review: How I Saved the World in a Week

Kid’s Book Review: How I Saved the World in a Week

About the Book and Author

This book for children aged 9 -12 years is perfect for readers who enjoy thrilling adventure stories. It has been written by acclaimed writer Polly Ho-Yen and contains some black and white illustrations by George Ermos. It is published by Simon and Schuster.

Rule number one: Always be prepared . . .

Billy’s mum isn’t like other mums. All she wants is to teach him the Rules of Survival – how to make fire , build shelter and find food . She likes to test Billy on the rules until one day she goes too far, and Billy is sent to live with a dad he barely knows.

Then the world changes suddenly and forever, as people begin to be infected with a mysterious virus that turns their skin grey. As chaos breaks out and Billy has to flee the city, he knows that this is what his mum was preparing him for – not just to save his family, but to save the whole world.

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Polly Ho Yen author

Polly Ho-Yen studied English at Birmingham University before working in publishing for several years.
Her first novel, Boy in the Tower, published in July 2014 by Random House Children’s Publishers, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Her second novel Where Monsters Lie was published in 2016 and her third novel, Fly Me Home, was published in 2017. Both of these novels were also nominated for the Carnegie Medal.

George Ermos is an illustrator, maker, and avid reader from England. He works digitally and loves illustrating all things curious and mysterious. He is always trying to incorporate new artiness from the various world cultures he reads about and explores.


Book Review

It is scary, exhilarating and also lots of fun...a definite read for anyone aged 10 years or over

How I Saved the World in a Week is scary, exhilarating and also lots of fun. I loved this book because you can really empathise with the main character. It focuses on lots of different people but the main character is Billy. Billy’s mum, who likes him to call her Sylvia, often takes Billy out of school to have an “adventure”. But when a fire starts at their flat, Billy gets whisked away from Sylvia and has to live with his long-lost Dad, Steve.

My favourite character is Anwar, who is Billy’s best friends. He is my favourite because he always sticks with Billy throughout good and bad times.
If you like books with some pictures but not too many, this is the book for you.

The illustrator, George Ermos, has managed to draw illustrations that are complicated but in an uncomplicated way. For example, in the chapter ‘How to make a firebow’, he has drawn a firebow just how I would have imagined it in a non-fiction book.

I would recommend this book to people who liked The Night Bus Hero by Onjali Q Rau’f because both books have elements of detective stories about them and they both have interesting characters who are both a bit different from the normal. I would also recommend it to anyone who likes zombie apocalypses! This is a definite read for anyone 10 or over.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Alastair
  • Age: 11 years
  • Likes: science and space, Lego and sports
  • Dislikes: mushrooms and blue cheese
  • Favourite Book: Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
  • Favourite Song: Hello by Adele
  • Favourite Film: Star Wars