Chris McMahan. Box of Shocks
Orca, $ 9.95, ISBN: 978-1-55469-917-9, 160 pg.
Reviewed by Jackie, Age 9

Along one side of the alley is a tall rickety wooden fence. Behind that fence lives a dog. A dog known as Spike McChomp. Everyone knows Spike is nastier than nasty. Someone at school told me he was a bulldog-Rottweiler-wolfcross with a bit of rhino and velociraptor thrown in.

This book is about a kid named Oliver who goes down in the basement and digs and finds a box. He thinks it could be gold or money, so he opens the box and only finds stale air. He had an idea that he will use it for his dares.

My favourite part is when he meets Spike McChomp, the dog. He sees him and sneaks over the fence. He wants to get one of the dog’s six-inch spikes for his box of shocks. So he hops in carefully and grabs the spike. But Spike hears him, so he hops to the edge of the fence, and Spike has his pants! So the only way to get out of the hole is to let go of his pants. And well, now Spike has his pants!

I like this book. Whoever likes funny and silly books would really enjoy this book.

I give this book five out of five stars.


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