Kid’s Book Review: Sleepover Takeover

Kid’s Book Review: Sleepover Takeover

About the Book and Author

This is a funny book with some moral messages about being true to yourself by Simon James Green. It contains cartoon-style black and white illustrations by Aleksei Bitskoff and is published by Scholastic.

When Otis wakes up after Rocco rococo’s 11th birthday sleepover and it’s a scene of total chaos, no one can remember what happened the night before, so Rocco, Otis and a few friends reluctantly team up to retrace their steps in the hopes of working out happened.




Simon James Green has written a number of acclaimed YA novels including  Alex in Wonderland (nominated for the Carnegie medal and selected as one of the top 20 LGBTQ+ books of 2019 by Attitude); Heartbreak Boys and You’re the One That I Want (‘One to Watch’ in The Bookseller). Simon’s picture books include Llama Glamarama, and Fabulous Frankie, both illustrated by Garry Parsons. Life of Riley: Beginner’s Luck, was his first middle-grade novel, which was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award.

Book Review

This is a great book about being true to yourself and finding your true personality

The characters were very well described which helped me to make a mental picture of them.
There were occasionally pictures throughout the book which just solidified the picture in my head. I liked the cartoon type illustrations.

There were multiple morals to this book, one of them was to be kind to everyone because you never know when you could make a new friend
Another one was don’t limit yourself to one group of friends because you never know when you might meet someone interesting.
This is a great book about being true to yourself and finding your true personality.

I loved this book because of all the humour and because of the hilarious plot!
I would recommend this book to people who like action, adventure and even feel good stories.
I think anyone ages 10-14 would enjoy this book.

Favourite part
I didn’t have one favourite part I had many, for example I loved the bit about the substitute teacher’s survival scenarios, and the part where Otis jumped into the chocolate fountain.

I liked the way the book was written with illustrations dotted through it.
I didn’t like the ending I just felt like it was a bit anti-climactic.
Apart from that I loved the book!


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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Matthew
  • Age: 9 Years
  • Likes: Minecraft, lego and drawing
  • Dislikes: baked beans and screaming
  • Favourite Book: Bad Dad By David Walliams
  • Favourite Song: Savage Love by Jason Derulo and Jawsh 685
  • Favourite Film: Star Wars