Erasmus James and the Grat Siege is the third book in DC Green’s hilarious and action packed series about a boy who has a lot going on inside his head.

Thanks to a galactic Zapp machine that his father invented, Erasmus James has the power to travel to the Zapp worlds existing inside his brain.  Here, he finds giant chooks (roccors) and all manner of weird and wonderful creatures – both friend and foe.

In this fast paced adventure, DC Green uses action to seamlessly introduce the unusual setting and make readers feel that the world they are stepping into is a bit different, but perfectly believable. For example on page 14,

A distant cloud swelled and boomed like 1000 crazy jungle drums. Or the sound of many hooves.

DC Greens unique humour will appeal to young readers

Beside him dozed Sanders, a chook so ancient she had left her purse on Noah’s Ark and I leaned back, my belly fuller than a millipede’s sock drawer.

One of the things I enjoyed most about the book and I think that kids will too is the role reversals. There is nothing stereotypical in Erasmus James and the Grat Siege. Erasmus is totally switched on while Dad’s the one who is always vague and leaving things behind.

Once again, Erasmus is forced into battle with the evil Queen Dice.  The Kingdom of Uponia is under siege. King Whizman has gone AWOL and left a horse  (Marindi) in charge. Erasmus must use his courage and intelligence to combat an attack by giant warrior rats called Grats who have already taken over a substantial part of the universe.

Erasmus has a great sense of humour but his self-honesty is also endearing: How many more would die? Die, coz of a war I’D CAUSED? And you can’t help but love his hilarious but perceptive observations. I was less popular than poo at a pool party.

In a typical DC Green manouvre, there’s a tension filled war scene where Grats try to infiltrate the castle. And just when all seems lost, they are saved by Igby’s hairdryer/sonar gun invention.

The lighter moments in the book help build the tension and there’s a cliffhanger at the end of each chapter to keep readers turning the pages.

Once again, DC Green and Erasmus James add a new dimension to the universe.

Erasmus James and the Grat Siege is an unforgettable book of beasts, battles and bizarre bodily functions.


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Dee White

Dee White lives with her husband and two sons in a small rural country town which has more kangaroos than people. She has worked as an advertising copywriter and journalist and has had numerous career changes because until recently, writing wasn’t considered to be a proper job. Letters to Leonardo, her first novel with Walker Books Australia, was published in 2009 to great critical acclaim.