Cold Cereal

Cold Cereal

Book - 2012
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A boy who may be part changeling, twins involved in a bizarre secret experiment, and a clurichaun in a red tracksuit try to save the world from an evil cereal company whose ultimate goal is world domination.
Publisher: New York : Balzer + Bray, c2012.
ISBN: 9780062060020
Characteristics: 421 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.


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CRRL_CraigG Jun 25, 2015

Just what makes those Lucky Charms so "magically delicious™?" Why, the imprisonment of leprechauns, unicorns, uni…cats and other fantastic creatures.

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JCLChrisK May 27, 2014

I think the problem is that I enjoyed Rex's The True Meaning of Smekday and his website and author appearance so much that I've been afraid my expectations would be too high for any of his other books to measure up, so I've delayed reading this for quite a while. It turns out I shouldn't have worried. While Cold Cereal may not be quite to Smekday's level of excellence, it is certainly full of Rex's signature humor and inventiveness and turns of phrase. I was highly, continuously entertained and amused. At times I felt his plot and pacing meandered a bit much and missed the mark, but only enough to take it from a five-star rating to a four. I've already placed a hold on the second book in the series.

Cold Cereal has, it seems, a little bit of everything: multiple protagonists, fairy folk, mythological monsters, Arthurian myths, mad scientists, secret societies, corporate baddies, danger, suspense, riddles, mysteries, illustrations, wit, humor, satire, and more; particularly--perhaps most importantly--kids taking on "the man." Oh, and, of course, delicious and convenient foods for starting the day: "The Goode and Harmliss Toasted Cereal Company was founded in 1858 for the purpose of manufacturing quality breakfast cereals and attaining dominion over all the peoples of the Earth." It's taken over 150 years, but they are finally on the cusp of accomplishing all of their aims.

Aug 04, 2012

This book has an interesting look at fantasy, mixing fairy tales, and cereal characters to make a funny interesting book. Even the book has a slow start it deserves 5 stars

Jul 05, 2012

Once again, Adam Rex creates quirky characters and puts them in unusual situations for adventure and laughs galore. My quibble was the ending -- it was quite abrupt, I thought, and hopefully a sequel is in the works!

Feb 09, 2012

Cannot wait.

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Mar 05, 2017

violet_baboon_288 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 13

Jun 12, 2012

vmcool thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 15


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JCLChrisK May 27, 2014

“Told you," said Mick. "Things comin' together. . . . That's magic, too."
"It's like a story."
"Same thing. The universe don't like plot. Story is magic's way o' telling the universe to sod off."
"That's good then, right?" Said Scott. . . . "Magic wants us all to live happily ever after."
"Not necessarily," Mick answered. "Magic likes a good tragedy, too.”


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