A Captain Underpantsfor the older bunch, Kraft's (Lenny and Mel) comedic riff on male adolescence is as nerdy and hormonally driven as they come. Written like an illustrated journal of sorts with titles for each page-length entry and in often fragmented sentences, the book reads like a haphazard, stream-of-consciousness rant-one 10th-grader's perspective on high school in a small Massachusetts town. "My last name is Mayo, and I can't help but wonder if it were something different, would the Donkeys [the jocks] just ignore me? Maybe. But instead I'm Miracle Wimp," the narrator reports. He comments on everything from the varieties of wedgiesand the tortures of gym class to the difference between the cool kids and the dorks, to the nerves and eventual irritation that accompany his first date, to going to (and actually having fun at) the prom. Kraft rarely dips below the surface on any of these issues, preferring instead to try to see the humor (or the pathos) in it all. While girls may not get into the narrator's sensibility, boys who enjoy series of short takes-especially those infused with slapstick and sarcasm-will find this virtually plotless book a quick and entertaining read. Illustrations not seen by PW. Ages 12-up. (Aug.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Miracle Wimpby Erik P Kraft
Certain to appeal to boys, Miracle Wimp takes readers on an episodic journey that is sure to keep them laughing. The story follows Tom Mayo as he navigates his way through wood shop, dating, driving, and the meat-headed Donkeys, bullies who are determined to make his life miserable. Filled with humorous details and sardonic wit, Erik Kraft deftly portrays high school through the eyes of a wise-cracking misfit.
Very funny."KLIATT (starred review)"
Perfectly captures the insecurity and self-conesciousness of his age. Often humorous....Easy, engaging reading with a serious side."Booklist"
Comedic riff on male adolescence....a quick and entertaining read."Publishers Weekly"
The humor, short chapters and drawings will snag reluctant readers."Kirkus Reviews
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- 12 - 18 Years
Meet the Author
Erik P. Kraft is the award-winning author of the Lenny & Mel books from Simon & Schuster. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, and when he's not writing children's books, he plays in a band and performs stand-up comedy. Check out his website at www.erikpkraft.com.
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I never read this book
This story is fragmented (nearly a new chapter every page) and lacking of details, something I usually like in a book, and at first I did. The simplicity of the chapters made it so there were no useless details that many stories have, but as the book went on it also made it so you were never told how any characters looked, any of their life stories, or basically anything of real value. The story seems to rely on creating a few funny images (making fun of people with rat tails, a short body builder) but noting else. The drawings on every page is a cute idea, but 99% of them add absolutely nothing to the rest of the story. I feel like the book kept setting up to launch into something a little more in depth, even just the tiniest bit, but there'd just be one paragraph about something and it'd be done for the rest of the book. The end of the book was extremely unsatisfying as well as basically nothing was accomplished. It just ended and the main character hadn't changed at all. I would recommend this book for very young teens who hate reading and learning anything at all from a book.
MIRACLE WIMP by Erik P. Kraft is the account of life as a high school nerd. Tom Mayo, yes Mayo, hence the nickname Miracle Wimp, tells his story.
Early on, Tom attempts to explain how he tried to tell his tormentors the Donkeys (jock-types) that mayonnaise and Miracle Whip were not the same, but no one ever said the Donkeys were very bright.
As many will remember, high school can be filled with "painful" moments, and Tom describes them well. Constructed in one to two page snippets, MIRACLE WIMP is one high school torture after another. There are wedgie victims, a terrifying shop teacher with pointless shop class projects, gym class tortures like group showers, "flag" football, and wrestling, not to mention first dates and the nerve-racking fear of driver's ed.
Anyone with high school experience can relate to Tom's stories. Spend two hours at a local diner drinking coffee and eating pickle spears? According to Tom Mayo, that's a pretty cool thing to do when you are a high school kid with very little money, especially if the coffee is 50 cents and the pickles are free.
MIRACLE WIMP is a fast read with its short chapters and plentiful chuckles. It should be a success with both current and up-and-coming high schoolers as well as a few adults who want to remember the "good old days."