by Tom Angleberger
Regular kid Lenny Flem Jr. is the only one standing between his evil-genius best friend—Casper, a master of disguise and hypnosis—and world domination. It all begins when Casper spends money from his granny on a spectacularly convincing fake mustache, the Heidelberg Handlebar #7. With it he’s able rob banks, amass a vast fortune, and run for president. Is Lenny the only one who can see through his disguise? And will he be able to stop Casper from taking over the world? (description from Amazon.com)
This is actually my "BOOKWORMS" book club (grades 4&5) pick for January. It's our inaugural book club meeting and I couldn't think of a better way to start than with something
slightly ridiculous humorous. Stay tuned...after our meeting on January 17th, I'll post about the program and how it went!
Anyway, I thought this was a funny, absurd book. I liked the friendship theme...poor Lenny trying to figure out if it's okay to turn in his best friend, who's apparently turned evil...and Lenny making a new friend, a very pretty, very cool friend...
Although Lenny is a great character and the story is funny, it's really Jodie O'Rodeo who steals the whole show here. She is a fun girl who can actually DO things. She rescues Lenny a couple of times and bemoans the fact that she wasn't allowed to do real stunts on her TV show. I think she's a great role model character for this age group and can't wait to talk about her with the kids.
If you're just looking for a fun book to make you laugh, I would suggest this one...and for my librarian friends out there, I think you'll agree with me that any book that features a slew of school librarians hypnotised into breaking into a federal bank must be worth reading, LOL!
Full disclosure: Borrowed from my Library