Thursday, 18 April 2013

KPE Episode 455: "The Adventures of BeanBoy"

The Adventures of BeanBoy by Lisa Harkrader is reviewed by Darius and Shoal, who are both Year 8 students in Room 21

Never underestimate the power of the bean. Tucker MacBean has been drawing comic books almost as long as he’s been reading them. When his favorite comic has a contest for kids, he hopes he has finally found a way to fix his family—all he has to do is create the winning superhero sidekick . . . Introducing “Beanboy”—the first comic book character to truly harness the power of the bean for good. He is strong, he is relentless, he can double in size overnight (if given enough water). 

Tucker MacBean is in middle school. He's not unpopular, but he's not popular either. He does all that he can to just be invisible, especially from the school bully Sam. Tucker rushes home everyday to make sure he takes care of his special needs brother because his mother works and goes to university. Tucker and his brother love comic books. In the latest issue of his favorite comic, he notices an advertisement for a contest to develop a new sidekick for the superhero. The prize is a full university scholarship. Tucker immediately decides to enter to get his mum the scholarship so she can stay home and not have to work so much, but he knows that he can not work on his sidekick drawings at home while also babysitting his brother. To solve this issue, Tucker asks to join the after school art club.


  1. Hi Darius and Shoal,
    Well done on publishing this podcast.This books sounds like a really good read. I thought it was really kind of Tucker to try win the contest so that his mother doesn't have to work so much. I wonder if Tucker wins the competition after all?

  2. Hi Darius and Shoal,
    This book sounds quite interesting. You both did a great job recording this podcast. Darius you did a great job editing and putting it together. Tucker sounds like an interesting character and I liked that fact that he tried to win a contest so that his mother could spend less time working. Well done.

  3. Loved it!! Especially when you brought up Tamaki College and Auckland Boys Grammar lol. Thats the best thing about stories is that you can relate to them, once you relate to them then you can connect with the story that much further. I really enjoyed this blog, awesome work guys, Mangere College is an awesome college to go to aswel *cough cough* - Corey Iosefo