From the author of the Dork Diaries comes this amusing new series written as an illustrated journal. Max dreams of being a superhero, surviving public school, and a bully named Thug. A welcome addition for early middle readers. Recommended By Richard C., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
A brand-new series from #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries author Rachel Renee Russell! Introducing Max Crumbly!
Max Crumbly is about to face the scariest place he’s ever been: South Ridge Middle School.
There’s a lot that’s great about his new school, but there’s also one big problem—Doug, the school bully whose hobby is stuffing Max in his locker.
If only Max could be like the hero in his favorite comics. Unfortunately, Max’s uncanny, almost superhuman ability to smell pizza from a block away won’t exactly save any lives or foil bad guys.
But that doesn’t mean Max won’t do his best to be the hero his school needs!
Russell returns to the journal style format of her bestselling Dork Diaries series as she introduces a hapless comics loving boy named Max who recounts many of his woes while stuck inside his school locker. Featuring the same doll like black and white cartooning style and lined paper backgrounds of the Dork Diaries books the story strikes an awkward balance between slice of life underdog problems and over the top plot developments shifting into the latter after Max escapes his locker and attempts to live out his superhero fantasies by foiling thieves who have infiltrated the school. Unfortunately the book's comedy is forced and often misses the mark weighed down by tired catchphrases ("Don't get it twisted!"; "That was just wrong on so many levels!") and gross out gags such as when Max imagines peeing on school bully Doug "Thug" Thurston in a fight or flight response. Early on Max cautions that those who don't like "comic book cliffhangers" may not want to continue but that caveat may not prepare readers for just how unsatisfyingly and abruptly Russell concludes her story. Ages 9–13. Agent: Daniel Lazar Writers House. (June) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"This wacky middle-school misadventure will delight Wimpy Kid and Tom Gates fans, particularly with its humorous tone and illustrations. Russell’s new series boasts a memorable character in Max Crumbly, who is capable of rivaling Dork
Diaries’ Nikki Maxwell." Booklist
About the Author
Rachel Renée Russell is an attorney who prefers writing tween books to legal briefs. (Mainly because books are a lot more fun and pajamas and bunny slippers aren’t allowed in court.) Rachel lives in Chantilly, Virginia.