Maxx Comedy: The Funniest Kid in America

Maxx Comedy: The Funniest Kid in America

by Gordon Korman
     
 

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Ever since he was little, Max Carmody has been trying to make people laugh. So when he sees a poster announcing a contest for "The Funniest Kid in America," he feels that he has finally found his destiny. Dubbing himself "Maxx Comedy," he sets about to create the tape that will win him the contest and national fame-but it isn't quite as easy as he thought it would

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Ever since he was little, Max Carmody has been trying to make people laugh. So when he sees a poster announcing a contest for "The Funniest Kid in America," he feels that he has finally found his destiny. Dubbing himself "Maxx Comedy," he sets about to create the tape that will win him the contest and national fame-but it isn't quite as easy as he thought it would be. In what soon becomes a comedy of errors, Max first has to help a cow named Madonna give birth, keep a wildcat from attacking his classmates, save a friend from getting beaten up by a jealous boyfriend, and make it all the way to Chicago with a truckload of cherries. Will Max leave them rolling in the aisles? Or will he discover, as an old actor once said, "Dying is easy; comedy is hard.

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Publishers Weekly
Ironically, Korman's (Son of the Mob) usually smoothly delivered humor often stumbles in this tale about an 11-year-old whose "overpowering ambition" is to be a professional stand-up comic. When he discovers a contest to find "the funniest kid in America," Max Carmody is convinced that this is his big break. To audition, he must submit a video of his comedy routine. But first he has to find an audience who will laugh at his jokes to provide a laugh track for the tape. This quest has an unexpected conclusion-and one that lands Max (who gives himself the stage name of Maxx Comedy) a slot as a contestant in the competition. The bumbling boy and his trio of best friends-including a constantly self-deprecating girl who makes Eeyore sound like Pollyanna-careen from one ill-fated slapstick scenario to another. The gags run from hoary (a girl accidentally splits a seam in her pants) to the gross (when Max and friends accompany his vet dad to a calving, they get placenta all over themselves). Though Max, due to further calamitous happenings, arrives at the contest too late to perform, he does get a second shot at the spotlight, a chance that he-surprise!-also botches. Readers will surely give the hero laughs at some points but there are groaners aplenty as well. Ages 8-12. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-Korman puts a humorous twist on issues of divorce, fitting in, and following big ambitions. Since he was five years old, Max Carmody has dreamed of being a professional stand-up comic. When he discovers a national talent search looking for "The Funniest Kid in America" that carries a $1000 prize and a TV appearance, he becomes obsessed. He enlists his friends to help him create a video to submit for the contest and tries out jokes on anyone who will listen. Bits and snatches of his routine open each chapter and add to the presentation. The story is a comedy of errors; Max's friends are as prone to bad luck and foiled attempts at success as he is. But they are also very forgiving of one another and their mutual understanding and support make this a positive book. The role of Max's stepfather also adds to the strength of this novel. A truck driver with a heart of gold and also a lot of patience, he never pushes Max into having a relationship with him; he just never gives up. Max is a resilient character who finally gets some of the recognition and attention that he craves.-Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A lighter-than-air tale features Max Carmody, a sixth-grader with a mania (if not, from the evidence at each chapter's head, a talent) for standup, whose attempt to compete in a national comedy contest hits all sorts of snags. Korman surrounds his Seinfeld wannabe with semi-dysfunctional friends, and propels him through a series of efforts, first, to record a demo CD, then to find a live audience on which to practice his routine, and finally to make the audition despite parental resistance, bad weather, wrong turns and mechanical breakdown. After all that, he arrives too late to show his stuff-but his CD, recorded with a canned laugh track that turns out to be a tape of a cow giving birth, makes even the national news and earns him a triumphal gig at a local comedy club. Max's lame or fragmentary jokes won't come close to bringing the house down, but some of the more farcical set pieces here might, and the author artfully injects family and friendship issues that bulk the tale up without weighing it down. A rib-tickling followup performance to Sachar's Dogs Don't Tell Jokes (1991) or Levy's My Life as a Fifth Grade Comedian (1997). (Fiction. 10-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786838950
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
04/01/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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