Kid’s Book Review: The Boy Who Failed Show and Tell

Kid’s Book Review: The Boy Who Failed Show and Tell

About the Book and Author

For readers who enjoy stories that will make them laugh out loud here is one from author Jordan Sonnenblick.

Most kids would agree that sometimes somethings can go wrong. But in this story, set in the USA, for Jordan (the main character) A LOT goes wrong ALL THE TIME.

By keeping his cool (some of the time), banging on the drums (a lot), and keeping his sense of humour (all the time), Jordan’s going to try to make it through the year and grow up to write a book about it!

Thanks to Scholastic who sent us a copy for Iona to read and review.


Jordan Sonnenblick is an American author of books for children and young adults.

Book Review

The story is fast-paced and has many funny passages

I enjoyed “The Boy who Failed Show and Tell” as it is funny, easy to read and finishes better than it starts!

The book goes straight into the story and even though we first know little about Jordan, the main character, we soon find out more about him.

I have found that the title of the book did not do it justice. I did not expect the story to cover someone’s bad experience turning into a good one, inspiring the reader to persevere and keep going until they succeed. Jordan finds starting to learn the drums hard at first but gets better at it over time.

I like how it seems that the book tells the tale of the author in real life (from what I understand as they share a name), about their experience in 4th grade in the USA, aged 9. It makes the story feel very real, easy to picture and to identify with.

The story is fast-paced and has many funny passages. I like that humour is used even in sad or tough passages, making them easier to read. Like when Jordan is picked on but defends himself with the first thing he can find – his lunchbox!

I think this book is suited from key stage 2 onwards as it contains mostly text and a few illustrations showing the characters in action.


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Reviewer Profile

Iona reviewer
  • Name: Iona
  • Age: 12 years
  • Likes: reading, playing football and nature
  • Dislikes: aubergines and getting up too early
  • Favourite Book: the Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • Favourite Film: High School Musical 1-2-3
  • Favourite Song: Rewrite the Stars from The Greatest Showman