Kid’s Review: World Burn Down

Kid’s Review: World Burn Down

About the Book and Author

Exciting, tropical and environmentally-focussed this short story for young independent readers by Steve Cole is set in the steamy Amazon rainforest. Fans of action and adventure will find this book hard to put down.

It is illustrated in back and white by Oriol Vidal and published by Barrington Stoke. If you enjoy this story you should check out Tin Boy by the same creative duo, also published by Barrington Stoke.

Carlos’s mother is a soldier, helping to protect the Amazon from the farmers, loggers and miners who are illegally destroying the precious rainforest. It’s a dangerous job – and when she makes powerful enemies, Carlos is kidnapped to teach her a lesson.

Taken deep into the Amazon, Carlos manages to escape his captors only to find himself trapped by fast-moving forest fires. Can he outrun the flames as the world burns down around him …?


World Burn Down cover
Steve Cole author

Steve Cole was chosen by Ian Fleming Publications to succeed Charlie Higson as the writer for Young Bond, a series that follows the explosive adventures of the teenage James Bond. His other bestselling titles include Z. Rex, Thieves Like Us, Doctor Who and Astrosaurs. In other careers, Steve has worked as an editor of books and magazines for readers of all ages. You can follow Steve on Twitter.

Oriol Vidal is an illustrator and storyboard artist living in Barcelona, Spain. He has created illustrations and stunning cover artwork for many children’s books including the Branford Boase winner Kick by Mitch Johnson. Oriol has also worked on several animated television productions.

Book Review

The story helps us to understand the negative impact the land grabbers have on the tribes and the animals

I really enjoyed the description of the Amazon rain forest as it is somewhere I would like to visit one day because I love nature, especially primates.

I hope there will still be lots of trees when I am old enough to get there because the trees are important for the animals and other wildlife who live there.

The story helps us to understand the negative impact the land grabbers have on the tribes and the animals. It made me feel concerned for their future.

The story is fast-paced and exciting. For example, Carlos and Davi have to run away from the blazing fires that are out of control. I like how independent Carlos is but I would not want to be kidnapped, as he was, by a dangerous gang!

I think this book would be enjoyed by readers aged 8-11 years who admire action characters such as Alex Rider, James Bond and Jason Bourne.

The pictures are really cool too – a bit like the artwork in a graphic novel.


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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Fred
  • Age: 13 years
  • Likes: playing sports, animals and F1 Racing
  • Dislikes: spinach and porridge
  • Favourite Book: One Dog and His Boy by Eva Ibbotson
  • Favourite Film: Casino Royale
  • Favourite Song: Stressed Out by Twenty-One Pilots