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Nothing Grimm about the Comedy, but Plot Could be Better
on 8 January 2013
Jamie Grimm has been dealt a few tough blows that have landed him with his aunt, uncle and cousins. Unfortunately, one of those cousins happens to be the class bully at the middle school Jamie now attends.
And how does Jamie deal with all this? By comedy. He's so funny that he draws a crowd at a different uncle's diner. But when this uncle suggests Jamie try out for the local first round of the funniest kid in America contest, Jamie balks. He's not really that funny, is he? Would he win?
Being a book about a comedian, I'm not that surprised I found it funny. I chuckled and laughed at the jokes throughout the book. Some of them are from other comedians, but that doesn't make them any less funny. I liked Jamie and rooted for him to win.
My problem with the book came from the plot. The main plot was predictable, but that's not really a complaint for me. On the other hand, I did feel that there was potential for more conflict. The set up was there, but then those plot threads were dropped. I know I'm talking about a book aimed at late elementary school on, but why introduce those potential conflicts and then drop them.
In the end, I'm sure the target age won't mind at all. I certainly enjoyed the book as I read it. But those dropped plot threads really could have led to something better.