The Blunder YearsBook - 2015
Welcome to the world of Martin Moone and his not-so-vast imagination
Martin Moone is eleven and completely fed up with being the only boy in a family of girls. He's desperate for a decent wingman to help him navigate his idiotic life. So when best mate Padraic suggests Martin get an imaginary friend--or "IF" for short--he decides to give it a go.
His first attempt is Loopy Lou, a hyperactive goofball who loves writing rubbish rap songs. But Martin soon gets fed up with Lou's loopiness and decides to trade in his IF for someone a little less wacky. Enter Sean "Caution" Murphy, an imaginary office clerk in a bad suit with a passion for laziness and a head full of dodgy jokes. Sean is full of tips and tricks to guide Martin through the perils of the playground, from dealing with his sisters' pranks to besting the bullying Bonner boys. But getting rid of Lou is not that easy, and having TWO imaginary friends is a recipe for trouble!
Moone Boy: The Blunder Years by Chris O'Dowd and Nick V. Murphy is a funny illustrated middle-grade book, perfect for reluctant readers. The adventures of Martin Moone continue in book two, Moone Boy: The Fish Detective .
"Wildly entertaining . . . Throughout, there are charming illustrations, as well as footnotes defining words of Irish and adolescent origin: craic (fun), gombeen (buffoon), and a gem I've put into rotation: shifting--Irish for French kissing." -- The New York Times Book Review
"The Moone family also deserves special recognition for their realistic portrayal of sibling fights and teen angst. For fans of the absurd and hilarious, look no further than this goofy lovechild of The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian and Diary of a Wimpy Kid ." -- VOYA
"This book is based on the television show Moone Boy , which stars Chris O'Dowd and which won the 2013 International Emmy Award for Best Comedy. Part Wimpy Kid and Walter Mitty , and just this side of Peter Pan , the book is likely to be as big a success as the show." -- Children's Literature