Allen & Unwin

April 2003

$14.95 AU

128p pb

ISBN: 978-1865086613

Do-Wrong Ron

Steven Herrick

pictures by Caroline Magerl

from the book...

He's Do-wrong Ron who does the wrong things at the wrong time or the right things at the wrong time or the wrong things at the right times... until he finds Charlie the guinea pig who looks like an oversized rat and they meet Isabelle who is waiting for something, anything, to happen... And when Ron plans a musical welcome for Isabelle's nana, anything just might happen. 


Poet Steven Herrick tells a funny, touching story about a do-wrong boy whose heart is in the right place.

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Do-Wrong Ron by Steven Herrick is a charming story about a boy who doesn’t fit in. Ron always does the wrong things at the wrong and right times. The story is narrated by Ron who becomes friends with a lost guinea pig and the girl next door.  The story is told through their eyes as well.

Initially, Ron has no friends. His unpopularity is shown in incidents such as when he is playing soccer, and unfortunately, kicks the ball into the other team’s goal. He even has to partner his teacher to the school dance as no one else will go with him. No one understands him until Isabelle visits her Nana who lives next door. Ron’s kind heart prompts him to plan a way to cheer up Isabelle’s Nana. However, everything in Ron’s life is a problem, and this is no exception.

The story will appeal to younger readers because it’s easy to read and the situations described are very funny. The whimsical illustrations by Caroline Magerl complement the text. They are simple black and white line drawings showing clearly the moods of the characters.  For example, on page 53, the exuberance of Ron singing and dancing in his undies is captured.

I thoroughly recommend this story for its likeable characters, happy and humorous plot.

Kate, age 13, Canberra, Australia

Do-Wrong Ron is written by Steven Herrick. Ron is a normal boy who doesn’t fit in and has no friends. He does everything wrong like he will do something good at a bad time or something bad at a good time. One day when Ron is doing everything wrong he finds a guinea pig in the vegetable patch in his backyard and decides to keep it, so he makes a room for him in his cubby house. The next day Ron sees some removalists going to the next doors house and Ron knows someone’s moving in but who? Ron goes over to meet his new neighbours and there is a girl about his age named Isabelle. He walks over to Isabelle and starts talking to her. Later that day Ron invites Isabelle over for dinner and they realise they have a lot in common.

The book has lots of detail in so little words. The storyline is good; it doesn’t skip parts and doesn’t start talking about something not related to the book. The genre of this book is friendship because of Ron becoming friends with Isabelle. This book is mostly targeted at younger readers like 10 to 12 year olds. The words were very descriptive so I could make pictures in my head with what is going on in the book. I would give the story an overall rating of 8/10.

Scott, Year 6, Canberra, Australia

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