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Ian Weir.
Richmond Hill, ON: Scholastic Canada, 1991.
205pp., paper, $4.95.
ISBN 0-590-73358-3. CIP.

Grades 7 and up / Ages 12 and up

Reviewed by Patricia J. Cooper.

Volume 19 Number 4
1991 September

Ian Weir is a Vancouver playwright, author and humour columnist. This novel is a sequel to The Video Kid ¹, but you can enjoy this book without having read the first one.

In his daydreams B.J. is the Video Kid, a suave and daring hero. But in real life he is Bradley J. Noakes, a shy, gauche fourteen-year-old. After their parents' separation B.J. and his sister move with their mother to a new town. Things are working out. B.J. has even made some friends.

His best friend is Bimbo McKellen. If it hadn't been for Bimbo, B.J. would have been pounded into a pulp by a mean bully. In return B.J. wants to do something for Bimbo. He is sure his campaign to elect Bimbo school president is a brilliant idea. But recently all B.J.'s brilliant ideas seem to end in disaster. It soon looks as if he has lost his best friend for good. One disaster follows another until, to top it all off, his dog gets stolen and to get him back B.J. has to enter a boxing tournament.

B.J. and Bimbo learn a lot - about friendship, growing up, and being responsible - and that adults can surprise you. B.J. also learns that it's good to have a smart, capable sister.

This hilarious, fast-paced farce will appeal to lots of kids.


Patricia J. Cooper, Brampton Public Library, Brampton, ON.

¹ Reviewed vol. XVII/3 May 1989, p.127.

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