Eliza Boom’s Diary: My Explosive Adventure is like Tom Gates and Diary of a Wimpy Kid but pitched for younger readers. It is niche in that it is all about a young girl and her passion for science and all things spy-related and it makes for a very enjoyable read.
Eliza loves spending time in her bedroom. This is because her bedroom isn’t a typical bedroom at all, it is her lab where she invents all sorts of things. Her latest inventions include a spy-cam dog collar, ultra-heated hair rollers and a dog tummy-tickler. Unfortunately, Eliza’s inventions have a habit of causing more harm than good and she is desperate to build just one incredible invention that will prove her dad wrong. You see, her dad is an inventor too. He makes gadgets for spies and Eliza likes to think of herself as his unofficial assistant. Eliza wants to be a spy - why make the inventions for somebody else to use when you could use them yourself?
When Eliza’s dad loses a piece of ribbon containing super top-secret spy information, Eliza realises she may have accidentally given it to the class bully, Zoe. Can Eliza retrieve the ribbon before it gets into the hands of dangerous enemy spies? With her pet dog, Einstein, and new best friend Amy-Mayo, a girl whose mum washed her hair with mayonnaise, she sets out to catch a spy, prevent an international emergency and save the world.
Written in the form of diary entries with jokes, drawings and doodles, this is an action-packed adventure full of scientific inventions, mystery, things that go ‘BOOM’ and bags of humour. The story rattles along at pace and the lively illustrations will help readers to keep track of all the action.
Eliza is a typical child and the read tackles familiar childhood problems of friendship, family and school in a light-hearted and jovial way.
It is refreshing to read a book where the central character is a young girl who is passionate about Science and inventing - something that is under-represented in children’s fiction. There is also the non-conventional family dynamic as Eliza lives with her dad and step-mum.
I liked that the read pays homage to famous scientists of the past with references to Einstein and Edison (Eliza’s dog and diary). This heavily illustrated and easy to read book is ideal for readers who are taking their first reading steps into chapter books.
Recommended for 6+.