Synopses & Reviews
Apparently I'm kind of funny, but people hardly ever notice because they don't normally pay any attention to me. Or if they do, it's the wrong kind of attention, and they're not going to hear what I have to say because they're too focused on roughing me up.
Do girls like funny? They don't pay attention to me either. Even if I knew how to approach them, I'd never get past my first sentence before they'd walk away or shut me down. All this comedy gold is going to waste.
Everyone knows high school can be a nightmare, especially if you're smart or funny. With his best friends by his side, Tom Mayo will navigate the perils of adolescence; from atomic wedgies from the Donkeys, wood shop with crazy Mr. Boort, tentative first dates, and horrible first jobs, Miracle Wimp is the hilarious, episodic account of one quippy, sarcastic antihero trying to survive high school.
"A Captain Underpants for the older bunch, Kraft's (Lenny and Mel) comedic riff on male adolescence is as nerdy and hormonally driven as they come. Written like an illustrated journal of sorts with titles for each page-length entry and in often fragmented sentences, the book reads like a haphazard, stream-of-consciousness rant one 10th-grader's perspective on high school in a small Massachusetts town. 'My last name is Mayo, and I can't help but wonder if it were something different, would the Donkeys [the jocks] just ignore me? Maybe. But instead I'm Miracle Wimp,' the narrator reports. He comments on everything from the varieties of wedgiesand the tortures of gym class to the difference between the cool kids and the dorks, to the nerves and eventual irritation that accompany his first date, to going to (and actually having fun at) the prom. Kraft rarely dips below the surface on any of these issues, preferring instead to try to see the humor (or the pathos) in it all. While girls may not get into the narrator's sensibility, boys who enjoy series of short takes especially those infused with slapstick and sarcasm will find this virtually plotless book a quick and entertaining read. Illustrations not seen by PW. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Refreshing....reluctant readers will be drawn to the book's format."--VOYA
"Very funny."--KLIATT (starred review)
"Perfectly captures the insecurity and self-conesciousness of his age. Often humorous....Easy, engaging reading with a serious side."--Booklist
"Comedic riff on male adolescence....a quick and entertaining read."--Publishers Weekly
"The humor, short chapters and drawings will snag reluctant readers."--Kirkus Reviews
Certain to appeal to boys, Miracle Wimp takes readers on an episodic journey that is sure to keep them laughing. The story follows Tom Mayo as he navigates his way through wood shop, dating, driving, and the meat-headed Donkeys, bullies who are determined to make his life miserable. Filled with humorous details and sardonic wit, Erik Kraft deftly portrays high school through the eyes of a wise-cracking misfit.
Taking readers on an episodic journey, this book follows Tom Mayo as he navigates his way through wood shop, dating, driving, and the meat-headed Donkeys, bullies who are determined to make his life miserable. Filled with humorous details and sardonic wit, the book deftly portrays high school through the eyes of a wisecracking misfit. Illustrations.
About the Author
Erik P. Kraft is the award-winning author of the Lenny and Mel books from Simon and Schuster. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, and when he's not writing children's books, he plays in a band and performs stand-up comedy. Check out his website at www.erikpkraft.com.