- Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
- Format: Hardback | 303 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 196mm x 33mm | 386g
- Publication date: 10 December 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0316206938
- ISBN 13: 9780316206938
- Illustrations note: , black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 275,509
Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission: he wants to become the world's greatest standup comedian--even if he doesn't have a lot to laugh about these days. He's new in town and stuck living with his aunt, uncle, and their evil son Stevie, a bully who doesn't let Jamie's wheelchair stop him from messing with Jamie as much as possible. But Jamie doesn't let his situation get him down. When his Uncle Frankie mentions a contest called The Planet's Funniest Kid Comic, Jamie knows he has to enter. But are the judges only rewarding him out of pity because of his wheelchair, like Stevie suggests? Will Jamie ever share the secret of his troubled past instead of hiding behind his comedy act? Following the bestselling success of the hilarious "Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life," James Patterson continues to dish out the funnies in another highly-illustrated, heartfelt middle school story. (Includes more than 175 black-and-white illustrations.)
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James Patterson has had more "New York Times" bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to "Guinness World Records." Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including "Kiss the Girls "and "Along Came a Spider." He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.
By Jessica 22 Feb 2013
James Patterson writes a lot of great books. While this one is pretty basic in both storyline and style, it still managed to put a smile on my face. The jokes within are all easy to get, nothing that would be over the top for the age of kids that would most enjoy the story. While there is one little lesson to be learned within the pages, it wasn't heavy handed, it was actually barely noticeable and the book could have done without it.
As an adult, it was too simple for me to get much out of it. The massive amount of short chapters is ideal for reluctant readers though. There is also plenty of artwork throughout and it was my favorite bit about the book. Simply done it added a bit extra to the story being told.
ARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest review.
"Play[s] readers' heartstrings like a banjo.... A brimming bucket of "bada-bing!"" ""Booklist"""