But before we get to that--I have last week's winner to announce! The winner of ONCE UPON THE END, by James Riley is...
Yay! *tosses confetti* If that's you, please email me at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com with your address and I will send you your prize.!
Okay, on to MMGM!
I don't know if you remember when I gushed about MILO: STICKY NOTES AND BRAIN FREEZE, but I am a huge, HUGE Alan Silberberg fan. So imagine my excitement when I found out he had another book coming out: THE AWESOME, ALMOST 100% TRUE ADVENTURES OF MATT & CRAZ!
Here's the official description from the publisher:
A magical pen causes creative chaos in this quirky, comic-style story from the author of Milo.Sounds awesome, right?
Best friends Matt and Larry “Craz” Crazinski couldn’t be more different. Matt loves order, while Craz lives on the edge. The boys share a passion for cartooning, but thanks to the school paper gatekeeper (and kind-of bully), Skip Turkle, it seems their cartoons will never be published.
But then the boys discover a pen that promises to help them DRAW BETTER NOW!—and quickly realize it’s no ordinary pen: Whatever they draw comes to life!
They start small with their drawings—bags of cash, cool gadgets. Next, they get their pesky English teacher to take a unique and extended vacation. But when the boys get a little bolder in their magical drawings, they realize that things don’t always end up as perfect as the art they create....
In this funny, slightly zany, and ultimately heartwarming story, Sid Fleischman Award–winner Alan Silberberg demonstrates the power of friendship—and that the best life is not always sketched out in advance.
Just like with MILO, MATT & CRAZ is a mix of Silberberg's brilliant storytelling and hilarious cartoons--and this time the cartoons play an especially cool function as the crazy things Matt and Craz bring to life with their magic pen. How cool is that concept? Wish fulfillment via doodle--what kid doesn't want THAT power? Though, of course, Matt and Craz quickly get in over their heads, and well... much awesome chaos ensues. :)
This is a perfect book for boy and reluctant readers--but it's so much more than that, too. One of the things I love best about Silberberg's books is his ability to add so much heart into the stories he tells. This isn't *just* a book about drawings coming to life and causing shenanigans. It's also about family and healing and friendship and no matter what age you are, I'd be stunned if you didn't love it as much as I did. Which is why I'm giving away a copy to one of you, so you can discover it too.
To enter, make sure you leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm on Sunday, June 30th. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Monday, July 1st. International entries welcome!
For more awesome middle grade love, check out these other MMGMs happening in the blogosphere:
- 11-year-old Xander is gushing about--*meep* EXILE, by um... me (can't believe reviews are starting to pop up for that book!) Click HERE to see what he thought (though it may be a few hours late--you may need to check back).
If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so I see it)
NOTE: I used to not have a cut-off time for adding links to the post, but with how insane my schedule is right now, if you don't email me by Sunday evening (usually around 11pm PST is when I put the links together) I can't guarantee I'll have a chance to add you. BUT, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you!
*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen posts ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me ahead of time