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Before I get to today’s review, I want to announce the winner of the Sea Monster Books by Kate Messner! Josie has randomly picked a name out of a hat and we have a winner!

Congratulations SUSAN CABAEL who teaches at a school that has a shark for a mascot (I hope the shark is a good fish friend)!

I will be emailing you to get your address so your books can be sent to you!

Didn’t win the Sea Monster Books? Well have no fear! I have ANOTHER super give away today! WOO! It is for a fun middle-grade book called –



By Fowler DeWitt

Illustrated by Rodolfo Montalvo

272 pages – ages 7+

Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers on September 3, 2013

Wilmer Dooley didn’t know what kind of illness would be turning his sixth-grade classmates colors. Not just red from sunburn, or yellow from jaunitis, we are talking purple, green, and orange! The illness also seems to super-charge the kids who have it. Wilmer decides it is up to him and his scientific abilities to find a cure and save the day (especially after the girl he has a crush on comes down with the illness). Wilmer figures if he can find a cure, he will surely win the science fair. Unfortunately Wilmer’s arch-nemesis Claudius Dill is out to steal all the credit for himself and the school’s science teacher is out to get Wilmer, too. Can Wilmer use his scientific skills to erase these colors and save the sixth grade class?

This book was SUPER fun for me to read. I love the science part to it! I liked the combination of science, sickness, silliness and a sinister science teacher (I couldn’t think of an “s” word for teacher 😉 ). The book made science sound really cool (which it is). The story plot has pretty much everything a kid could want, excitement, good guys, bad guys, romance between Wilmer and Roxie, his crush, and a diabolical teacher. Mr. Dewitt’s writing style makes the book enjoyable for kids at all different levels of reading. I have to say that there are some “gross-out” moments in the book, which I found funny, but I could see where that would turn some people off. For this reason, I know some people won’t like it, but as a kid, I found the book hysterical.  Wilmer is a great character and I think a lot of kids can relate to him.  I also loved Mr. Dooley, Wilmer’s kooky dad.

Five out of five bookworms for the funny Contagious Colors! fivebooks

Now for the give away! The prize will ship directly from the publisher and they will only ship to US addresses (sorry). One lucky blog reader will win Custom-made Contagious Colors Band-Aids and a copy of The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School! Just leave a comment to be entered! The contest runs from today until September 10th. My sister, Josie, will randomly pick a name out of a hat from all the entries. I will announce the winner on Wednesday September 11th.


I thought the trailer was hysterical too.

To learn more about THE CONTAGIOUS COLORS OF MUMPLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL, please visit the book’s official website by clicking HERE.

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33 replies

  1. This looks great! My daughter, a 6th grader, would love this. And if we won, it could be mailed to her grandma’s house in Iowa. Great job on your reviews, Erik. I showed my daughter your blog.

  2. Sounds like a great book and while I am not great at science, I really like that theme. The cover and trailer are awesome too! Thanks Erik (& Mr. DeWitt & Publisher) for the giveaway.

    Paul R. Hewlett

  3. What a fun story! I can see why you’d like it so much:)

  4. I think all 11-year-olds shoudl have an arch-nemesis and an exceptional science skills!

  5. This book sounds great!
    Thanks for the review Erik.

  6. I really enjoyed your review. I could tell you really liked it. Hmmm…would “Sin-structor” work as an s word for the teacher lol!!!

  7. This looks like a super fun read. Great review!

  8. What great illustrations! Thanks for including the trailer, Erik!

  9. Great book jacket and title. Sounds like a cool MG read!

  10. Sounds like a great book and would be perfect for my community library. Thanks for reviewing such great books. And, by the way, congrats on all the progress you’ve made in the 12 x 12 group. I know you’ll create a lot of great stories in your life.

  11. Love the book cover, the illustrations and great title. Another super hero book — you’re in heaven!

  12. I am soo laughing my tail off! Mumbly Middle School and Fowler DeWitt! Erik I think you could make a good poem from that! Thanks for the fun review and trailer!!

  13. I’m a late entry but maybe that will work in my favor. You know, last one in the hat, first one out!? I love the trailer. It’s too bad the author thinks so little of himself since this looks like a good book. Nice review. Remember, Josie, pick me! 🙂

  14. Love it! Science should always be fun.


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