Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Magnificent 12: The Call by Michael Grant (Advance Reading Copy)

Phobias, not fears. Mack has phobias. He’s scared of all sorts of stuff. Okay, he’s terrified of all sorts of stuff. Sure, we all have a fear or two but Mack has more than a few. The crazy thing, he’s not scared of stuff he should be, like the bullies in his school. Mack’s lack of fear for things that really should be scary for him puts him in a situation to be an unlikely hero for a particular bully. When weird mud boy shows up at his house and old dude shows up in the toilet (okay, it’s actually just the reflection on the toilet pipe) Mack begins to find out that he is part of the Magnificent Twelve and he is charged with tracking down the other eleven 12 year old Magnifica and stopping someone called the Dread Foe, all while he’s in the potty and just trying to get back to class.

This book is non-stop humor from beginning to end. The humor is reminiscent of movies like The Princess Bride, Robin Hood: Men In Tights, and Monty Python’s The Search For The Holy Grail. I might classify the humor as comedic commentary. I like the way that the comedy flows out between the lines of the book. At no point did I just laugh hysterically, as I have been known to do when the mood strikes, but it had a way of keeping me at a regular chuckle. The book is mostly middle grade material and is good clean fun. There is plenty in the book to keep one entertained even if you find yourself not being twelve anymore (or two or three times that much). If you are a regular reader, you will find it’s a quick read. This is a good book for those middle grade guys that wouldn’t admit they are readers and try to hold true to that in real life. The best part is that there will be more books, so if you like these, there’s more where that came from. The Magnificent 12: The Call is the first book in the series. It will be released 8/24/2010.   

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