- Vivian Teo
READ & REVIEWED: Kelly and the Krumps by Ken Kwek
Updated: Dec 26, 2020
An exciting and humourous story about how a girl, with help from her madcap dance crew, saves her twin brother from a secret online gaming organisation amidst the stress of the PSLE.
Bought Kelly and the Krumps by Ken Kwek (published by Epigram Books) a while ago and finally got to read it with the kids after clearing our stacks of library books (😅). And boy did we have fun reading this one!
Stressed from their endless tuition and revisions - all part of the pressure from their tiger mum to do well for the PSLE - Kelly joins a hip hop group for solace while her twin Nicholas gets entangled with a secret online gaming organisation. And it's up to Kelly and her madcap dance crew to get Nicholas out of trouble in spite of the danger they face from the organisation's ruffians.
We had quite a few LOL moments reading this one. It's also very fast-paced and exciting such that my girls were very reluctant to stop reading when it was time to go to sleep. I think upper middle grade readers would be able to appreciate the humour more than lower MG readers but it didn't mean it was any less exciting for the latter. My eight-year-old tells me when she gets home from school, "Can't wait to read Kelly and the Krumps! I wonder what's going to happen to Nic."
Kids who are under the same pressure from tuition and PSLE will feel for the twins. Mine were more puzzled by the amount of work the story characters had to do (me no tiger mum) but it did make them appreciate how laidback their mum is in comparison (and hopefully will remain so when it's their turns at PSLE! 😋).
Disclaimer: We bought the book, and my opinions and reviews here are strictly my and my family’s own.
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