Synopses & Reviews
Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission: he wants to become the world's greatest standup comedian--even if he doesn't have a lot to laugh about these days. He's new in town and stuck living with his aunt, uncle, and their evil son Stevie, a bully who doesn't let Jamie's wheelchair stop him from messing with Jamie as much as possible. But Jamie doesn't let his situation get him down. When his Uncle Frankie mentions a contest called The Planet's Funniest Kid Comic, Jamie knows he has to enter. But are the judges only rewarding him out of pity because of his wheelchair, like Stevie suggests? Will Jamie ever share the secret of his troubled past instead of hiding behind his comedy act?
Following the bestselling success of the hilarious Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life, James Patterson continues to dish out the funnies in another highly-illustrated, heartfelt middle school story. (Includes more than 175 black-and-white illustrations.)
"Patterson and Grabenstein's book follows the adventures of young Jamie Grimm who dreams of being a stand-up comic. Jamie uses a wheelchair and is plagued by a host of familiar middle school issues: bullies, girls, and family. Many of his jokes are coping mechanisms that allow him to more easily confront his problems, both present and past. But when Jamie enters a contest to become the Planet's Funniest Kid Comic, he must confront his self-doubt. Frankie Seratch provides solid narration in this audio edition. He's particularly impressive recounting some of Jamie's struggles. But Seratch doesn't adequately create distinct voices for the large cast of characters. Ages 8 12. A Little, Brown paperback." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
James Patterson was selected by readers across America as the Children's Choice Book Awards Author of the Year in 2010. He is the internationally bestselling author of the highly praised Middle School books, Confessions of a Murder Suspect
and the Maximum Ride, Witch and Wizard, Daniel X, and Alex Cross series. His books have sold over 230 million copies worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors of all time. He lives in Florida.
Chris Grabenstein has won multiple awards for his mysteries, thrillers, and middle grade chillers and has also collaborated with James Patterson on Daniel X: Armageddon. He lives in New York City.
Laura Park, a cartoonist and an illustrator, drew the pictures for Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life and Middle School: Get Me out of Here! She lives in Chicago.