Synopses & Reviews
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
meets Encyclopedia Brown!
Clueless McGee is just your average fifth-grader: snarky, awkward, and a magnet for trouble. The only difference: he's also an amateur detective. Determined to make his absent father proud, he uses the skills he's learned playing video games to solve mysteries. Only he's no Sherlock Holmes. Or Encyclopedia Brown. Or even Scooby-Doo. When the school bully is framed for filling the orchestra teacher's tuba with macaroni and cheese, Clueless is on the case. But can he catch the culprit before he strikes again? His only obstacle, as Jeff Mack shows us in his hilarious new illustrated series, is his own ineptitude . . . questionable talent . . . and limited intelligence. No problem!
"Author/illustrator Mack (Frog and Fly) moves into middle-grade territory with an illustrated diary-style offering Ã la Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Big Nate. The story of hapless would-be detective P.J. McGee unfolds through letters the fifth-grader writes to his father, who P.J. believes is a private eye away on a secret mission. P.J.'s father's absence (which goes unexplained in this series kickoff, though P.J.'s mother doesn't seem too happy about it) adds a poignant note to what's otherwise a slapstick story. When a tray of macaroni and cheese goes missing from the school cafeteria, P.J. takes the case (not that anyone asked). Along the way, P.J. gets gum stuck to his head (multiple times), the principal winds up covered in said mac and cheese (multiple times), and the janitor gets stuck in a bucket (twice), among other recurring gags and pratfalls. The repetition gets old, and readers don't get much of a sense of the supporting cast, though Mack's wonderfully kidlike cartoons really embody P.J.'s rambunctiousness, enthusiasm, and yes cluelessness. Ages 8 10. Agent: Rubin Pfeffer, East West Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Illustrator Mack’s first foray into the cartoon-driven chapter book will be well received by the clueless and the clue-full alike."
"Hilarious . . . Wimpy Kid fans will be thrilled to find this book on the shelf."
Selected for the Pennsylvania Book Award--The Baker's Dozen
"One of the very best picture books of 2012"
"Suitable for beginning readers, the humorous antics of Frog and Fly will be enjoyed by preschoolers as well. Bright, cartoonlike illustrations fill the pages, some of which have two panels clearly delineated by white frames, adding to the cartoon feel. This would be a fun readers theater for storytime or classroom use."--School Library Journal
"Young readers will enjoy watching the jokes play out in Mack's crisp comic-book panels, which are peppered with clearly lettered dialogue and thought bubbles. This expressive and personable duo provides a spot-on brand of joke-book style humor that children will find plenty entertaining."--Publishers Weekly
"Adults might want to get more than one copy of this, as its sure to fly right off the shelves."-BCCB
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Six slurpy stories, two comical combatants, and one laugh-out-loud picture book
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About the Author
Jeff Mack (www.JeffMack.com) lives in Easthampton, Massachusetts, where he writes, paints, and is a frequent visitor to schools.