Cold Cereal

By Adam Rex

Dec 12, 2011 | Reviewed by TFK Kid Reporter Brian Forbes

Genre: Fantasy

Number of Pages: 422

What’s the basic story line?

Scott, an 11-year-old boy, moves to Goodborough, New Jersey, because his mother must relocate for her job at Goodco Cereal Company. Scott befriends twins, Erno and Emily Utz, and a tiny leprechaun named Mick. Mick, along with Harvey, a talking rabbit, escaped from the evil Goodco, which had been holding them captive. Goodco wants them for their magical powers and to use them in commercials. Mick and Harvey are being pursued by people from Goodco who are very dangerous. With the help of Scott, Erno, Emily and the Utz’s housekeeper, Biggs, Harvey and Mick try to evade the evil Goodco cereal company and return to their home.

Are the characters believable?

The characters are believable people with unusual traits and lives. Scott is a regular sixth grader who gets migraines and hallucinates. At the beginning of the book, he is going to a new school and is in a class called “Project Potential” for advanced kids. His friends, Erno and Emily, are twins who are competitive with each other. Their life is unusual because their foster father gives them “tests,” like scavenger hunts, where they follow clues and have to find the answer. Emily always wins, except when she lets Erno win—on their birthday. The twins have a housekeeper, a man named Biggs, who is eight feet tall, breaking a world record. He is protective of Erno and Emily and refers to them as “his babies.” While he is strange and hairy and lives in a tree, his emotions are believable.

On a scale of 1 to 1-10 (ten being the best) how would you rate this book?

I would rate this book a 7. It took a while for the story to get interesting and for the action to start flowing. After several chapters, the book kept me on the edge of my seat as the action switched from one character to another. The book is interesting because of its fantastical characters, and I enjoyed reading Mick’s old Irish folk stories.