Book Review: Tales of a Sixth-Grade Muppet

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Tales of a Sixth-Grade Muppet by Kirk Scroggs
From Miss Caroline at Main

Ever since the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books became popular, there have been many books written and illustrated about the middle school crowd.  There are series like the Big Nate books by Lincoln Peirce, Dear Dumb Diary by Jim Benton, and Dork Diaries by Renee Russell that are hard to find on the shelves because it seems like everyone wants to read them.  Like the Wimpy Kid books, both girls and boys enjoy these illustrated chapter books.

What happens, though, when your gradeschoolers have read and reread every one of the books in those series?  It may just be time to try a new one!  One series that is definitely worth reading is My Life as a Sixth-Grade Muppet by Kirk Scroggs.  There are currently 4 books in the series, which follow young Danvers Blickensderfer as he undergoes a “muppetmorphosis” from a Gonzo-loving 6th grader into an actual muppet.

sixth-grade muppet collage

From the publisher’s summary:

On a scale of one to ten, sixth-grader Danvers Blickensderfer’s life is a solid minus two. But he really hits rock bottom when he auditions for the local talent show: his death-defying hula-hooping-ninja tribute to Gonzo the Great is beat out by the world’s most obnoxious middle school boy band, Emo Shun.

With his daredevil dreams dashed, Danvers goes to bed… and wakes up feeling a little fuzzy-literally! He’s turned into a Muppet!

Fortunately, there’s an internship open at the Muppet Theater and Danvers has a chance to meet his long-nosed, stunt-lovin’ hero! All aboard The Electric Mayhem bus as this misfit makes good and joins the zaniest crew ever: The Muppets!

While this book may have originated as a tie-in to Disney’s 2011 movie release of “The Muppets,” the series has taken on a life of it’s own and is a great way to introduce children of a new generation to the muppets that many adults themselves grew up enjoying as children.

Marketed toward children ages 8 and up, the Tales of a Sixth-Grade Muppet books should appeal to both boys and girls of all ages.  Sure, they’re silly, not particularly great literature, and kind of juvenile, but reading should be fun, and books like My Life as a Sixth-Grade Muppet and Diary of a Wimpy Kid are seriously entertaining and can actually draw in reluctant readers.

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