07 February 2012

(ARC) MG Review: Cold Cereal by Adam Rex

Release Date:  7 February 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

Goodreads description:
Cold Cereal Facts
Serving size: 1 chapter | Number of servings: 40

Primary human characters: 3
Scottish Play Doe, aka Scottpossible changeling
Erno Utz genius
Emily Utz supergenius
Magical creatures: at least 3

Mick Leprechaun (or Clurichaun)
Harvey Pooka (rabbit-man)
Biggs, indeterminate origin (hairy, large)
Evil organizations 1
Goodco Cereal Company - Purveyor of breakfast foods aspiring to world domination
Adventure 75%

Diabolical Schemes 40%
Danger 57%
Legend 20%
Magic 68%
Humor 93%
Puzzles 35%
Mystery 49%

Not a significant source of vampires.
May contain nuts.

Daily values based on individual interest. Reader's estimation of value may be higher or lower, depending on your tolerance for this sort of thing
My Thoughts...

Cold Cereal is a fun read! Whisk yourself away to the magical shores of...New Jersey? When Scott moves to Goodsborough with his mom and sister, his only hope is to blend in and go mostly unnoticed, maybe make a friend or two, ignore the uni-cat and rabbit-man that he saw on his way to school, and survive. What he gets instead are two genius friends, sudden knowledge of weird things, and being hunted my Goodco...

Scott, Erno, and Emily are a really fun bunch of characters to follow through the story.  Each one has a strong presence in the novel and I honestly loved their friendship. Scott is the "normal" one in the bunch at the beginning, but things get rather strange quickly for him when he really starts seeing "things."  Erno and Emily are "twins" (but not really siblings)--both incredibly intelligent and constantly being tested (in the form of "games") by their foster father. Emily is the smarter of the two, consistently winning the "games," but she's also a very sweet sister.  Their sibling relationship is sweet and believable--even they have the little sibling arguments here and there.

The story is overall a fun, whimsical adventure.  The magic and mayhem that the kids get involved with is entertaining and I think that readers young and old can appreciate the comical situations that the kids endure throughout the story.  For kids who love stories of magic and mischief, this is a must read.


Jess @ Gone with the Words said...

This one sounds really cute and fun!! I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the review, Jessi!

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

This looks like a lot of fun! I love how the synopsis was laid out! I wish Imhad grabbed this on NG!

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