Kid’s Book Review: The Perfect Parent Project

Kid’s Book Review: The Perfect Parent Project

About the Book and Author

Here is another amusing and heart-warming story from the award-winning author of The Bubble Boy for readers aged 9 – 13 years.  The Perfect Parent Project by Stewart Foster is an original, absorbing story following a boy’s search for the perfect family which causes the reader to reflect upon what is really important when it comes to families. It is published by Simon and Schuster.

All Sam wants is a family of his own, a home instead of a ‘house’ and parents he knows will still be there when he wakes up. Because Sam has been in and out of foster care his whole life and he can’t imagine ever feeling like he truly belongs.

Then his best friend Leah suggests that rather than wait for a family to come to him, he should go out and find one. So begins The Perfect Parent Project …

1. A mega mansion like the ones footballers live in
2. A garage wall with a basketball hoop
3. No gerbils
4. Holidays to Disneyland


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Stewart Foster is an adult and children’s novelist whose books have won multiple school and library awards and are recommended by Empathy Lab and Reading Well.

His first adult book, We Used to be Kings, was published in 2014, to the accolades of being selected as The Observers’ Author to Watch, and Amazons’ Rising Star, in the same year.

His first children’s book, The Bubble Boy, was published in 2016, winning Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award in 2016 (Age 9+) and many schools and libraries awards, as well as being nominated for The Carnegie Book Award. The book was published as BUBBLE, in USA and has now been translated into eleven languages.

You can find out more about the author by visiting his website.

Book Review

My favourite part of the book was reading about the relationship between Sam and Riley

Sam doesn’t talk much about his feelings. He has spent most of his life in foster care, moving around. He’s fed up of being left behind on holidays and getting clothes for Christmas – he wants to find a forever home.

So Sam and his friend Leah – the only person who knows he is in foster care – set about finding Sam the perfect parents. Sam is sure he knows what he wants from perfect parents and has a long list of requirements (mostly involving a BMW MS) and hopes to find parents who tick every box.

I had not read any of Stewart Foster’s previous books so I didn’t know what to expect from this book. I usually read books that make me laugh out loud, and looking at the cover and summary of this book I thought that it would be the same. It was funny in places, but actually it is a book that will make you think more about feelings and emotions.

It was about something I had no experience of – being in foster care, not knowing your past and having different people looking after you – so I learnt about a different type of life. But there were lessons in the book that apply to everybody.

This story is about trust – trusting people around you with your feelings and dreams (which can be hard) – and learning that it’s what is inside you that matters, not what label is attached to you.

The story really made me think about how no one, not even parents, are perfect. Parents are just people too – they make mistakes and worry just like kids do.

My favourite part of the book was reading about the relationship between Sam and Riley, Sam’s younger foster brother. It was really cute and funny – and I have a younger brother so could relate to it.

Even though it wasn’t the type of book I usually read, I really enjoyed it. I would recommend it to children from the age of 10. I am definitely going to lend this one to my sister, who is 14 – she will love it too!

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Reviewer Profile

Junior Reviewer Eliza
  • Name: Eliza
  • Age: 12 years
  • Likes: football, pizza and frogs
  • Dislikes: brussel sprouts and dresses
  • Favourite Book: Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
  • Favourite Film: Finding Dory
  • Favourite Song: Me by Taylor Swift