Anna Smudge: Professional Shrink, by MAC
Noir+KidMystery+Evil Villains+Rilly Big Chapter Illustrations+Funny+Kinda Silly=Good Book!
Okay, so I know my scientist husband would be like "that equation makes no sense" but whatever. Sometimes, even though the whole is more than the sum of its parts, you want to name some of the parts anyway.
This book is totally fun. And, even though it has a girl as the main character, it's not too girly. So all you middle grade boys out there (Abe?) wouldn't be all like "eww! girly book! get it away from me!" And the second book in The Professionals is Quenton's. I am very much looking forward to that, as he was my favorite in this book.
It took me a little bit to get into this book at first. You see, I wasn't rollin' with it. I thought "Who does that? That doesn't make sense!" But then I let a healthy "suspension of disbelief" kick in and I had a lot of fun.
This book will speak to middle graders. You know, it reminds me a little bit of that play that I wrote as a High School Freshman. . . where the villain had a badger-hand (instead of a hook or something inanimate). No badger hands in this one, but it's still outrageous fun!
So here comes the best part: along with my Cybils review copy, the publishers sent me some awesome posters. I'm keeping the first one. It's goin' in the bathroom. But if you read the book and want one of the other two, just leave a comment on this post by. . . oh. . . say Thanksgiving, and I'll do a drawing or something and we'll have two poster winners! And you don't have to have already read the book, you can just want the poster.