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Cold Cereal

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by Adam Rex

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From author Adam Rex comes the first book in the Cold Cereal Saga—a hilarious, clever, and action-packed adventure series with an educational hook.

Scottish Play Doe—aka Scott—is used to being a little different. Sometimes he hallucinates things no one else can see. But then one of these hallucinations tries to steal Scott's backpack, and he


From author Adam Rex comes the first book in the Cold Cereal Saga—a hilarious, clever, and action-packed adventure series with an educational hook.

Scottish Play Doe—aka Scott—is used to being a little different. Sometimes he hallucinates things no one else can see. But then one of these hallucinations tries to steal Scott's backpack, and he comes face-to-face with an honest-to-goodness leprechaun named Mick who's on the run from, of all things, the Goodco Cereal Company. With the help of his friends Erno and Emily, Scott and Mick uncover Goodco's sinister plans—and take the first steps in saving the world from the evil cereal company.

Like the Artemis Fowl Series and the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series, the Cold Cereal Saga takes elements of familiar mythology—in this case, Arthurian legend and Irish folklore—and reimagines it in the modern world with a cast of relatable characters and myriad magical beings. The story is told from multiple points of view, and there are dozens of illustrations—including "commercial breaks"—and stories within the story.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Mythology and magic collide with breakfast cereal in this dry-humored adventure from Rex (Fat Vampire), first in a planned trilogy. When sixth-grader Scottish Play Doe—who understandably prefers to be called Scott—moves to the small town of Goodborough, N.J., a community dominated by the Goodco Cereal Company, he starts seeing imaginary creatures. One of them, a world-weary “clurichaun” (akin to a leprechaun) named Mick, claims sanctuary with him, explaining that he’s trying to escape Goodco, which stole his magic. Teaming up with his new friends—superintelligent Emily and practical Erno—Scott investigates the mystery that is Goodco, soon learning the awful and bizarre truth behind the company’s origins and success. With talking rabbit-men, Bigfoot, riddles, and clever riffs on cereal company advertising, it all makes for an intriguing if convoluted tale. Rex takes his magically delicious premise seriously, though, finding the thin line between absurdity and comedy, while giving this story more gravitas and depth than might be expected. The inherent oddities are further played up in Rex’s frequent illustrations, not all seen by PW. Ages 8–12. Agent: Writers House. (Feb.)
The Horn Book
“An expansive cast of colorful characters (including Merle Lynn, an accountant) keep the surprises coming. Reader interest and suspension of disbelief never flag in this humorous, consistently entertaining, well-spun yarn.”
ALA Booklist
“Rex supports his centrifugal imagination with tight storytelling, effervescent characterization, and strong imagery and metaphor. . . . will leave readers anxious for the sequel.”
Eoin Colfer
“Totally original and wholly brilliant. Adam Rex must be stopped.”
Bruce Coville
“The divinely demented Adam Rex strikes again! Cold Cereal is exciting, strange, and deliciously different. His deft mixing of myth with modernity is flat-out fabulous.”
Jonathan Stroud
“Warning—this book contains the following ingredients in dangerously high quantities: wild fantasy, dynamic action, great satire and silly jokes. It’s as addictive as one of Goodco’s sinister breakfast products—and a whole lot better for you. I loved it. Second helpings, please!”
Children's Literature - Sue Poduska
Unashamedly silly and fun for all, this is a strange mish mash of magic and reality. Set in the fictional town of Goodborough, New Jersey, home of Goodco Cereal, the story follows Scottish Play Doe and his friends Erno and Emily Utz as they discover the true nature of the cereal factory. Scott has just moved to town and immediately begins seeing pookas and leprechauns through a migraine haze. Of course, not everyone can see these creatures, which makes him question his own sanity. Meanwhile, Erno and Emily are the subjects of numerous tests by their foster father and are watched over by an eight-foot male nanny. From there, the story gets crazy. Naturally, the entire cereal industry is a conspiracy. A father who would be Elton John in a different life, fire-breathing finches, Freemen who sound a lot like Freemasons, dragons, trolls, and Merlin and the Lady of the Lake from King Arthur fame all figure prominently. Wonderful, and equally silly, illustrations accompany the delightful text. Reviewer: Sue Poduska
School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—When Scott sees a guy with a rabbit's head on the way to school, he figures it's just another one of the odd hallucinations he occasionally experiences. It turns out that it's the first of many bizarre events that include a snarky leprechaun, a Bigfoot butler, and a plot to take over the world with breakfast cereal, among other oddities. The story is filled with wildly imaginative elements and clever wisecracks, but the humor is couched within a rich, complex plot that's filled with engaging characters and concepts. The narrative shifts easily between the present-day perils of Scott and his companions and the hefty backstory about the cereal company and the world of magical Fay creatures. The full scope of the multilayered plot unfolds with small and large surprises, incorporating alternate worlds, time travel, and Arthurian legend, along with the cereal cartoons and other silliness. There's humor peppered throughout, even in the action scenes, as when the leprechaun gripes about the 20 quid that Kris Kringle owes him in the midst of a daring rescue. This first book in a trilogy ends with a satisfying triumph for Scott and friends, but plenty of dangers lie ahead if they hope to save both the Fay world and their own. Readers who enjoy fantasies that are equal parts hilarious and exciting will eagerly await the next two in the series.—Steven Engelfried, Wilsonville Public Library, OR
Kirkus Reviews
A motley assortment of human experimental subjects and faerie exiles take on a New Jersey cereal company run by eldritch management for nefarious purposes. With an off-the-wall sensibility that fans of the author's True Meaning of Smekday (2007) will recognize with delight, Rex kicks off a planned trilogy. He brings together sixth-grade outsider Scottish Play Doe (an actor's son, surprise), young genius Erno Utz and his even brighter supposed twin Emily, a crusty old leprechaun and like unconventional allies to be hunted by agents of the huge Goodco Cereal Company--producers of Burlap Crispâ„¢, Honey Frosted Snoxâ„¢. These and similar products enjoy a wild popularity that can be ascribed to the literal truth of the company motto: "There's a Little Bit of Magic in Every Box!" The author tucks in portrait illustrations and hilariously odd TV-commercial storyboards, along with a hooded Secret Society, figures from Arthurian legend, magical spells and potions, a certain amount of violence, many wonderful throwaway lines ("Yeh may have a tarnished glamour about yeh, sure. Like a celebrity's daughter.") and tests of character with often surprising outcomes. All in all, it's a mad scramble that culminates in the revelation of a dastardly plot that will require sequels to foil. A massive explosion at the end only sets that evil scheme back a bit; stay tuned for further strange and exhilarating developments. (Fantasy. 11-13)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Cold Cereal Saga , #1
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Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Adam Rex is the author of many books, including Cold Cereal and Unlucky Charms, the first two books in the Cold Cereal Saga; the New York Times bestselling picture book Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich; the middle grade novel The True Meaning of Smekday (now a major motion picture from Dreamworks, Home); and the teen novel Fat Vampire. He lives in Arizona with his wife.

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Cold Cereal 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though I'm still reading it,so far - amazing! I may finish this book by the end of the month! Until I finish it,this book shall be in my hands! A - 10 yrs old.
alexia561 More than 1 year ago
This was a fast, fun read! Adam Rex has a quirky sense of humor that I absolutely love! I enjoyed his book Fat Vampire, but think I liked this one even better! We are first introduced to Scott and his sister Polly. They're recently moved to Goodborough, NJ for their mother's new job at the Goodco Cereal Company. Scott hates the first day in a new school, as that's when everyone learns that his real name is Scottish, as in Scottish Play (his father was a superstitious actor and had just gotten a role in MacBeth when Scott was born). While on a field trip to the Goodco Factory, Scott meets Erno and Emily Utz. Improbable twins, they are both incredibly intelligent. Emily is the smarter of the two, and is also one of the untouchable, unpopular girls. Scott and the twins become friendly, as Scott is the new kid and Emily has no friends. I think they bond over their unpopularity. They are all interesting characters, and did I mention that Scott occasionally sees things that aren't there? Things like giant talking rabbits or unicats? Never knew there was such a thing as a unicat, but I so want one now! Seems that the Goodco Cereal Company is up to no good, and their There's A Little Bit Of Magic In Every Box slogan might be all too true! There's something strange going on in Goodborough! Good thing that Scott and the twins are around! There's magic and mythical creatures and puzzles and strange experiments...all in all, pretty fascinating stuff! I got sucked into the magic and really enjoyed the story, despite being a Middle Grade title. It didn't read like a MG book, and I loved the author's humor! Really hope that there will be a sequel, as I'd love to see more of these kids!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was very confusing and accordind to the other reviews it was confusing too but i will finish snd then read again so that is whst the other reviews say and i will listen.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely incredably hilarious. If you get somewhat confused after your first read, then reread it. Slower. Trust me, it helps.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book i love it alot and i can'wait for the third book. This book was counfusing the first time i read it but the sencond time it made sense. This book has lots of adventure and is really funny. If you read it twice you will love it if you read it once you will like it. SO READ IT NOW PLEASE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must admit that Im not done but so far amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A horse of different color. This is a great book, full of imagination & originality.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was good, but totally random. I didnt really relate or get to know the characters that well. I was totally lost in some plaaces of the book, but overall is was good. I would hav liked to have gotten this book from the library before buying it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So there are not very many reviews for this book. I heard about it in a magazine and think it looks good. The overview of cold ceral is funny. I heard that this is the second book in the series. Is this true? Never heard of this author. As i already said, looks pretty good. I think i will probably get the free sample. The reviews say this book is good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The stupidest book in the world. OMG what a waste of money!