Monday, May 14, 2018

Review: Mickey Malloy, Wonder Boy! by Laurisa White Reyes

by Laurisa White Reyes
Illustrated by Matt Easterbrook
Skyrocket Press
Children's Fiction
88 pages 
ages 6 to 10

Mickey Malloy is just your average kid who loves comic books and superheroes. When a mysterious package arrives with his name on it, he finds a strange contraption inside. Urged on by his friend, Juanita, Mickey pushes the thing’s button and gets ZZZZZZAPPED! Suddenly, he ism’t a normal kid anymore, he’s Mickey Malloy, Wonder Boy! The human magnet! But what seems like an awesome superpower gets Mickey into more trouble than he could possibly imagine. For ages 6-10.


Short, adventurous, and just right for those readers ready to hit their first chapter books!

Mickey Malloy is just a normal boy, which means he has normal chores like taking out the trash. Yuck! When a visit to the stinky garbage can ends with the mailman delivering a package with his name on it, Mickey can't wait to see what's inside. But the content isn't only mysterious, it leaves him with a sore finger and 24-hours of craziness.

At just under seventy pages, this is a wonderful, short adventure. Mickey is an average kid in every way as is his best friend Juanita. The reactions, dialogue and surroundings are as normal as they are for any kid living in a residential area in the US. Mickey is a little slow to figure out what's happening to him. . .the brains in this duo is definitely Juanita. . .but it makes him humorous and tons of fun to follow.

The humor leans a little toward the slap-stick side without falling into complete ridiculousness. The scenes are vivid and draw in enough to make readers laugh, gasp and even snort a time or two. This isn't a book with a heavy message, but simply allows kids to enjoy diving into an exciting tale—something even reluctant readers are sure to appreciate. The plot is fairly simple but just right for the length. It's the great start to a series, one that promises tons of excitement, fun, silliness and amazement to come.

And here she is. . .

Laurisa is the former Editor-in-Chief of Middle Shelf Magazine and former editor for Maple Tree Press and Xchyler Publishing. She is currently the Senior Editor of Skyrocket Press. She teaches English composition at College of the Canyons in So. California.

Prior to becoming an editor and novelist, she wrote for The Signal NewspaperAntelope Valley PressThe Link Homeschool Newspaper, and Santa Clarita Valley Magazine.

Laurisa has been a presenter at the California Homeschool Network's Family Expo numerous times, as well as at dozens of schools and private organizations throughout California and Utah.


cleemckenzie said...

It's always fun to see an ordinary kid become suddenly extraordinary!

Laurisa White Reyes said...

Thanks for your review, Tonja.