Review: The Accidental Rock Star

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Book Title: The Accidental Rock Star (available here)

Author: Tom McLaughlin

Publisher: OUP

Publication Date: July 2019

Reviewed by: Tami Wylie (@twylie68), Primary Teacher

If you’re looking for a good read with lots of laughs, then The Accidental Rock Star fits the bill perfectly.

The story follows Ollie, Hector and their wacky family band on their journey to stardom and back again. Ollie and Hector dream of being rock stars, but unfortunately they have very little musical talent.

One day, as they are making their own music video in Ollie’s room, a twist of fate (in the form of Ollie’s vengeful big sister and a crazy cat) shoots them to overnight success. Before they know it, they become the biggest stars in the world - even though it was actually Ollie’s pet cat Nigel who is responsible for their music going viral.

Will they be able to stay on top, or will the truth come out? Can friendship and family survive in the face of fame and fortune? This is a laugh-a-minute tale by Tom McLaughlin and one that would be much enjoyed as a class read in lower KS2.


You can order The Accidental Rock Star online or from your local bookshop or library.

Many thanks to the publisher for sending us a review copy of this book and to Review Panel member Tami for reviewing it.


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