Welcome to Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions, the premier trainer of minions for Evil Overlords everywhere. No student is prouder to be at Dr. Critchlore’s than Runt Higgins, a twelve-year-old werewolf. (At least he thinks he’s twelve. He was abandoned at the school as a baby, so he can’t say for sure.) Runt loves everything about Dr. Critchlore’s. He loves his classes—like History of Henchmen and Introduction to Explosives. He loves his friends—like Darthin the gargoyle and Syke the tree nymph. And he loves his foster family, who took him in when his wolf pack couldn’t. But not everyone loves Dr. Critchlore’s as much as Runt. After a series of disasters, each worse than the next, it’s clear that someone is trying to shut the school down. It’s up to Runt, who knows the place better than anybody, to figure out who’s behind the attacks . . . and to save his home, and Dr. Critchlore himself, from total destruction. Praise for Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions “An Addams Family for a new generation, filled with bizarre, peculiar, and sometimes downright silly characters. Readers, whether evil or not, are going to love the imaginative world that is Dr. Critchlore’s.” —Michael Buckley, bestselling author of the NERDS and Sisters Grimm series “Werewolves, minions, evil overlords, junior henchmen, AND terrifying girl explorers. Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions has got it covered. Clever and funny. I laughed throughout!” —Andrea Beaty, author of Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies and the bestselling Rosie Revere, Engineer "Dr. Critchlore's School for Minions is one cool ghoul school, but behind the monstrous mayhem and creepy, comedic antics is a heartfelt theme of friendship. Evil Overlords need not force their minions to enjoy this spooktacular romp!" —Tony DiTerlizzi, co-creator of The Spiderwick Chronicles “A droll addition to the magical school genre, worthy of a seat toward the front of the (Harry) Potter-wagon.” —Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Sheila Grau is a writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and four children. Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions is her first book. Joe Sutphin has been illustrating since he was small. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dr. Critchlore’s School of Minions is like Harry Potter and the Spiderwick Chronicles combined. This fantasy novel is full of werewolves, minions, evil overlords, junior henchmen, and terrifying girl explorers. Follow along with werewolf Runt Higgins as he takes you on his wild journey full of adventure and surprises as he tries to save his school from being shut down. Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions is one of the best minion providers in all the land, but other schools are trying to steal the school’s spotlight. Runt Higgins loves his school more than any other student. He was abandoned there as a baby and has grown up on the campus ever since. Runt’s classes are more than a minion could ask for with exciting courses like History of Henchmen and introduction to Explosives. But when a rival school starts sabotaging the school, it’s up to Runt and his misfit gang of friends to save the school from disaster. This book is perfect for elementary and middle school readers, as its unique humor and characters are sure to delight children everywhere. The variety of creatures in this book make it all the more interesting. The unforgettable characters and funny storyline make this book worth reading. My favorite part is when one of Runt’s friend’s true identities is revealed and he helps Runt in an unusual way. Overall, the crazy characters and hilarious adventures make Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions a fantasy novel sure to please young readers Review by Owen L., age 14, Delaware Valley Mensa