07 May 2010

Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help

Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help
Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help (Extended Edition)

Milrose Munce is the type of teenager that everyone can find a reason to like. He's smarter than his teachers, yet uses his smarts in such delightful ways. He doesn't come off as better than anyone, unless they deserve it, in which case Milrose takes great care to be sure they have no idea he's insulting them. No, instead our hero uses his intelligence to his advantage, to play games with people. And while his uniqueness does seem to gain him mostly positive attention (except from the occasional teacher), he doesn't really fit in with anyone. Not anyone living anyway. All of his closest friends are dead. And when the school officials notice you patting the air on the back and laughing at jokes being told by no one, what do they do? Well they get you Professional help -- in a den. That turns out to be a lot more fun for the reader of this book than it is for Milrose.

This book is very smart and funny. I'd highly recommended even for people who might not traditionally flock to YA books (though I do like them myself). It does have a more advanced vocabulary than some YA / Children's books but the content itself is okay for even some younger readers if they are strong readers. I'm going to recommend it to my 9 year old nephew who reads at a more advanced level. 5/5 stars



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