Children’s Book Reviews

Children's Book Reviews: Attack of the Toga Gang

Publish August 21, 2015

Fans of Canada’s first Parliamentary Poet Laureate and literary icon, George Bowering, won’t be disappointed with his latest book, Attack of the Toga Gang. His first foray into middle-grade fiction, Bowering delivers a witty, laugh-out-loud mystery-adventure, destined to become a classic with both children and adults. Thirteen-year-old self-proclaimed “genius” Harry Fieldstone is a quirky, word-loving Grade 7 student at Major Douglas Middle School. He spends his days with four other equally idiosyncratic schoolmates, all founding members of the Poets Club, who share his love of peculiar food combinations, odd hats, and the satisfying nuances of rhyming. A budding archaeologist, Harry likes to dig at construction sites, one day striking gold—literally—when he finds a lost ring full of magical powers with the inscription SPQR. When Harry shows it to his oddball astronomy friend, Professor Purzelbaum, the professor tells him he’s found the famous ancient Roman Kauderwelsch ring.  But Harry and company aren’t the only ones who know about the ring. Enter the Toga Gang, a wacky combo of archaeologists-cum-hoodlums, eager to return the artifact to its homeland—by whatever means necessary. Hilarity ensues as Harry and his friends attempt to evade the centuries-old gang with the help of rhyme, reason, and the ring itself. Instantly likeable characters, engaging dialogue, and a zany plot make for a fun-loving story. But it’s Bowering’s clever use of word play, as well as his ludicrous limericks and brainy haikus, that make Attack of the Toga Gang an amusing, light-hearted linguistic feast that both educates and entertains, leaving readers eagerly awaiting Bowering’s next creation.

Attack of the Toga Gang

George Bowering
Dancing Cat Books
ISBN 13: 978-177-086-442-9

Jennifer D. Foster
Jennifer D. Foster Jennifer D. Foster is a Toronto-based freelance editor, mentor, and writer, specializing in book and custom publishing, magazines, and marketing and communications. She loves kidlit, greyhounds, Japan, pumpkin pie and yard sales.  

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