Hercufleas by Sam Gayton

m3l89's review against another edition

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This was a bit too strange and all over the place for me, but I can see why it would appeal to a younger audience.

piperbunny's review against another edition

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I loved it! I think I enjoyed this book more than The Snow Merchant. The amount of thought that went into this book is mind blowing. From the Flea Hat House to the giant world around Hercufleas. There's so much attention to detail and amazing imagination that went into this book. I really want to read it again because I'm sure I'll pick up on more things!

I will definitely be recommending this book to children in the library. You won't forget this raisin-sized hero, that just wants to go on a quest. He faces world changing decisions and life threatening adventures which will make you gasp!

Definitely worth a read.

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Hercufleas is the cutest book I've read this year, and it deserves so much more recognition than it's getting!

Sam Gayton has created hit that Disney might want to steal in the future! This off the beaten path "Hercules" re-telling (in a way) is one of the best action novels I've ever read and enjoyed - and it's a middle grade novel! This book outdid so many adult action novels and it wasn't even aimed at my age group! I can see so many adults reading this to their kids and getting a lot out of it as well! There was a few silly adult jokes you can pick up on, but they are harmless and adorable!

The theme behind this book about how a hero comes in all sizes was also a beautiful tale to tell. It seems so silly to write a book about a flea, but the story worked and it was phenomenal. Mix in all the "flea" jokes along the way, and this book hits it out of the park. The ending is a little bittersweet or sad, but the ending worked well. The story pays off and is woven perfectly for the target audience. Sam mixing in enough "adult" humor or silly jokes also makes the book grow to a higher level of enjoyment.

I did find about 4/5ths through the novel I got a little bored, and it winded down really slowly. If it have kept the pace and excitement up, it might be a five out of five for me. Instead, I give it four out of five because it was just fantastic! I couldn't find any other problems with this novel while I was trying to pick it apart to find any cons for the readers.

Overall, the hero and heroine learn lessons about themselves, the theme is a tale as old as time and the story was unique and fun! What more can you ask for in a middle grade novel?

Four out of five stars.

I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads First Reads.

benevolentreader242's review against another edition

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Really cute story that doesn't have a love aspect. Family, friends and fighting giants, great read for MS students.

marzipanbabies's review

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adventurous lighthearted