Sunday, December 6, 2009

Adam Selzer. ANDREW NORTH BLOWS UP THE WORLD


I jumped on this book as soon as I heard about it. Adam Selzer is one of my favorite discoveries of the last few years. He’s absolutely hysterical! You MUST read HOW TO GET SUSPENDED AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE. Right now – no kidding! He’s so funny and not just in a funny/ha ha way, more like in witty/clever way. His plots are so unique. Or actually, perhaps the plots aren't at first. But he takes them, puts them in a blender and then they become unique & laugh out loud funny. I can't articulate what I mean- just trust me- you'll love his books.

Anyway, Andrew North believes his father and brother are spies. He figures that if he learns enough from his brother and proves himself worthy, then he too will be asked to go pro in the family business. When Andrew realizes that the janitor at school, Mr. Gomulka, is a supervillain, he relishes his chance to prove himself as a superspy. But, he must complete the mission on the same night as the music program where he is singing a solo. It could be tricky!

I loved, loved this! In fact, I think it would make a great series. Andrew is a neat little guy that I’d love to hear more about. He totally needs more spy missions! What I like most about this book is how the author is totally in sync with little boys’ minds where imagination is king. My own son has the most fascinating, active imagination. Andrew feels real authentic. And so does his relationship with his older brother.

I can’t wait to booktalk this with my 3rd – 5th graders. I’m anxious to see how they enjoy it (boys and girls).

More about Adam Selzer here. He's really quite a character!

His previous books & my reviews:



I PUT A SPELL ON YOU


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
PIRATES OF THE RETAIL WASTELAND (sequel to HOW TO GET SUSPENDED...)