Book review: Spud by John van de Ruit

May 25, 2007 at 9:31 am (book review)

I’ll be posting a book review now and then. Let me know of any fab ones you know about that I simply have to read. 

John “Spud” Milton is only 13 years old but he’s one of the funniest, most charming characters I’ve read about in a long time. He and his buddies – Mad Dog, Gecko, crazy Vern and Roger the cat, Rambo, Boggo, Simon and Fatty – make up the Crazy Eight. And as their name suggests, they get up to all sorts of wild and wacky behaviour – mostly with hilarious consequences.
The eight struggle with being first years (and all that it entails), hormones, growing up, ghosts and girls. Oh, and surviving their midnight swims…
I usually don’t read ‘funny’ books but this was one of the best ones I’ve ever finished. I suspect it has something to do with the frankness and honesty it conveys; the hilarity seems to be a side-effect rather than the goal. Even serious topics and painful moments are dealt with in a frank, honest and, ultimately, side-splittingly funny, way. More Hugh Grant than Martin Lawrence kind of humour though – if you want toilet humour you won’t find it here.
The other characters who form part of the book add more layers to a well-written tale. If you really want to laugh out aloud, you must get into this book and experience some of the Milton madness.
The next book, Spud – the madness continues, is out soon so watch for the that review in a bit.
Toby’s score: 8 out of 10



  1. Nic said,

    The madness continues is just as, if not more funny than the first book. What a ripper and fantastic author!

  2. tbhanks said,

    I just got a copy and will get to it this weekend. I can’t wait.

  3. Louisa said,

    Spud is a brilliant book – even more so if you were actually in boarding school yourself! I bought it, read it, rolled round laughing, couldn’t put it down – and have now passed it on to my old roommate who loves it so much she refuses to give it back!

    I was the next one – I feel a shopping trip coming on, 🙂

  4. tbhanks said,

    I was very sad when it ended. I’ve already done the shopping trip so we’ll swop notes when we’ve done reading Louisa.

  5. maddy said,

    he he he

  6. dude said,

    spud 1 is the best the others are lame

  7. Shelly said,

    I love the book Spud so far, it is an amazing book, i have not finished reading it, but so far I love it! I am in the beginning and your review helps

  8. Nitrogen Cycle said,

    .;; I am really thankful to this topic because it really gives great information ,,*

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