Cold Cereal

12 07 2012

Leprechauns, dragons, rabbitmen, bigfoots, super geniuses, a changeling, a movie star that punched the Queen of England in the face, and an evil cereal company???

Yup.  That’s Cold Cereal by Adam Rex.  If you weren’t familiar with Rex’s work before, this list of odd characters (especially the evil cereal company) is… well… odd.  However, if you read the hilariously awesome The True Meaning of Smekday then you know it’s just Rex doing what Rex does best – creating absurd, but hysterical adventure stories.

This one gives me a trifecta of great comedic adventures that I’ve read so far this summer (along with A Heroes Guide to Saving Your Kingdom and Fake Mustache), and it’s hard to decide which of those three is the funniest.

Cold Cereal is about Scott Doe.  He’s just moved to a new town where everyone, including Scott’s mom, works for Goodco. Cereal Company. On his first day of school, Scott goes on a field trip to the factory and on the bus he meets Emily Utz and her twin brother Erno.  Erno is one of the smartest people Scott’s ever met, until he gets to know Emily and realizes that she’s an off the charts super-genius.

Mr. Wilson, the twins’ foster father, sends the kids on a mission to solve a tricky puzzle to test their smarts.  He does this often, but this time it’s different.  This time he’s leading the kids to some truth about his employer, Goodco, and their true intentions – to take over the world.

Along the way, the kids run into a guy who might be a big foot, a leprechaun, a wizzard, a uni-cat, a dragon, and all sorts of unusual creatures.

The book is fast paced and full of great action sequences and funny conversations between Scott and his little friend Mick.  It appears that this will be the first in a series, because it leaves a few threads hanging for future books.  I, for one, can’t wait to see what Adam Rex has in store for Scott, Erno, and Emily in the next installment.

In my quest to read 90 books in 90 days this summer, Cold Cereal was #38.  




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