It only took the first paragraph of reading PICKLE: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School by Seattle author Kim Baker, before I was thinking:
“Sweet cheeses! This is the funniest book I’ve read in a long time!”
Louis Sachar’s Wayside School books get their jokes from farce. Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid books have sustained scenes that in their entirety are hilarious (the “student of the month” bumper sticker from Cabin Fever comes to mind).
Pickle has funny scenes too, but what Kim Baker really has going for her are one liners that come out of nowhere and are worthy of getting out a highlighter pen.
Seriously. I got out the highlighter pen.
I wish I was teaching fourth grade again just so I could read Pickle aloud to a bunch of nine year olds.
“Dude. You were going to the bathroom. This isn’t number two time, it’s showtime,” (p163) I bet that particular scene would have an entire classroom rolling on the ground. I know I’ll never look at a squirrel tail the same way again.
My seven year old son Bruce loved this book too. In fact, he stayed up until eleven o’clock reading it from start to finish and was really crabby the next morning.
Thanks a lot Kim Baker!
Pickle is part of my blog’s 2012 Salute to Pacific Northwest Writers. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review and opinion.