Before I get to today’s review, I want to announce the winner of the Sea Monster Books by Kate Messner! Josie has randomly picked a name out of a hat and we have a winner!
Congratulations SUSAN CABAEL who teaches at a school that has a shark for a mascot (I hope the shark is a good fish friend)!
I will be emailing you to get your address so your books can be sent to you!
Didn’t win the Sea Monster Books? Well have no fear! I have ANOTHER super give away today! WOO! It is for a fun middle-grade book called –
THE CONTAGIOUS COLORS OF MUMPLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL
By Fowler DeWitt
Illustrated by Rodolfo Montalvo
272 pages – ages 7+
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers on September 3, 2013
Wilmer Dooley didn’t know what kind of illness would be turning his sixth-grade classmates colors. Not just red from sunburn, or yellow from jaunitis, we are talking purple, green, and orange! The illness also seems to super-charge the kids who have it. Wilmer decides it is up to him and his scientific abilities to find a cure and save the day (especially after the girl he has a crush on comes down with the illness). Wilmer figures if he can find a cure, he will surely win the science fair. Unfortunately Wilmer’s arch-nemesis Claudius Dill is out to steal all the credit for himself and the school’s science teacher is out to get Wilmer, too. Can Wilmer use his scientific skills to erase these colors and save the sixth grade class?
This book was SUPER fun for me to read. I love the science part to it! I liked the combination of science, sickness, silliness and a sinister science teacher (I couldn’t think of an “s” word for teacher 😉 ). The book made science sound really cool (which it is). The story plot has pretty much everything a kid could want, excitement, good guys, bad guys, romance between Wilmer and Roxie, his crush, and a diabolical teacher. Mr. Dewitt’s writing style makes the book enjoyable for kids at all different levels of reading. I have to say that there are some “gross-out” moments in the book, which I found funny, but I could see where that would turn some people off. For this reason, I know some people won’t like it, but as a kid, I found the book hysterical. Wilmer is a great character and I think a lot of kids can relate to him. I also loved Mr. Dooley, Wilmer’s kooky dad.
Now for the give away! The prize will ship directly from the publisher and they will only ship to US addresses (sorry). One lucky blog reader will win Custom-made Contagious Colors Band-Aids and a copy of The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School! Just leave a comment to be entered! The contest runs from today until September 10th. My sister, Josie, will randomly pick a name out of a hat from all the entries. I will announce the winner on Wednesday September 11th.
I thought the trailer was hysterical too.
To learn more about THE CONTAGIOUS COLORS OF MUMPLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL, please visit the book’s official website by clicking HERE.