Saturday, May 10, 2008

Enchanting Review: Anna Smudge: Professional Shrink

Middle Grade mystery
Toasted Coconut Media
ISBN# 978-1934906002
245 pages
Print - Available May 2, 2008

Rating: 5 Enchantments

Eleven-year-old Anna Smudge has a talent for listening to others. She’s so good that she ends up getting tons of requests for her services from nutty New Yorkers.

But Anna has her own problems: a school bully who taunts her daily, parents who are too busy to notice her, and being blackmailed into doing someone else’s homework. On top of this is the criminal mastermind Mr. Who, who is terrorizing New York. But he’s only a rumor, right?

Anna, along with her sixth grade friends, set out to find Mr. Who and stop him from doing any more harm. Anna needs to do this soon. Her father’s life depends on it.

ANNA SMUDGE is a fun tale that is sure to be a hit. Anna is a modern day Nancy Drew/ Dr. Phil, using her talent of listening to help solve not only others’ problems but to help find the mysterious Mr. Who. Anna’s friends each have a profession-chef, crime sketch artist, and more. They use their skills to help find Mr. Who. It’s refreshing to have characters that don’t all want to be models, rock stars, and/or actors.

The illustrations are fun and catchy. The whole comic book crossover is sure to attract fans as well as appeal to the reluctant reader. The only problem I had with this story is it ended too soon. I can’t wait for book 2-Quenton Cohen: Professional Chef which is scheduled for a May 2009 release.

I showed this book to some eleven-year-olds who summed up how I felt about this book in one word. Wow!

MAC (aka Melissa A. Calderone) is a freelance writer for Popular Science Magazine. She has interviewed NASA scientists and covered topics ranging from asteroids to weapons design. Born and raised in Manhattan, MAC first started writing ANNA SMUDGE on the back of dozens of dupe pads while waiting tables at a downtown diner.
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Kim Rapier
Enchanting Reviews
May 2008

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