Strange things always tend to Archie. It's like he has some kind of bad luck curse. And not just things like tripping or getting lost - no, he tends to get mixed up with runaway pianos and kidnapping plots and super-gluing himself to a library. His new friend Cyd isn't quite sure what to make of him; she's never met anyone like him before! What kind of adventures will they have this week?
Reading this book is like an adventure in itself. There's always a question of "okay, how can he top that?!" as I was reading, because I couldn't even imagine the kinds of fixes that Archie would get into next. I loved resolution and how everything comes full circle in the final chapter. I loved reading Amelia Bedelia when I was young, and even though this book is completely different, it tends to have the same kind of hilarious ridiculousness that makes Amelia Bedelia so great. I was afraid that the chapter involving a hurt dog might teeter on being a little dark, but it stayed on the funny side of the fence. I can see this being a hit with boys and reluctant readers.
I read an advance review copy from NetGalley courtesy of Random House and David Fickling Books.
Also check out Andrew Norriss' website.
Find it at IndieBound.
Read it with:
Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
Aquila by Andrew Norriss
Big Nate in a Class By Himself by Lincoln Peirce