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Cold Cereal: The Cold Cereal Saga, Book 1

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Humor spikes kids' surreal cereal factory romp.

Book Adam Rex Fantasy 2012
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Adam Rex is a very funny and imaginative writer, but he may tend to get a bit carried away for the taste of some readers who'd prefer a faster-moving plot with fewer diversions. COLD CEREAL is full of in-jokes, particularly from the show-business world, that will go right over the head of most young readers. For example, the protagonist is named Scottish Play Doe, a punny mashup of Macbeth and the childhood sculpting material, and his father, born John Doe, chose as his stage name Reginald Dwight -- Elton John's birth name. Wordplay like this might give the reading-aloud parent the giggles at odd moments.

Being the first book in a trilogy, Cold Cereal must introduce a fairly complex cosmology and quite a few characters, with frequent romps across the time-space continuum, so it's easy for readers to get a bit lost. Still, it does all come together in the end, and there are many delightful moments en route to setting up the next installment.

Book Details

  • Author: Adam Rex
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Topics: Magic and Fantasy
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray
  • Publication date: February 7, 2012
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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