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Monday, March 14, 2016

(5th MMGM) Gorilla Tactics by Sheila Grau (review & giveaway)

Gorilla Tactics
(Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions #2)
By Sheila Grau
March 1, 2016
Amulet Books
The second book in this hilarious, illustrated series cracks the imaginative world of minions wide open, and we meet the other schools and Evil Overlords that surround Dr. Critchlore’s.

Runt Higgins needs answers, fast. Someone cursed him to die on his sixteenth birthday, but no one seems to know who cursed him or why. Runt decides he must find the Great Library, where all true knowledge is hidden. Unfortunately, the only people who know the location of the Great Library are a covert network of librarian-spies who’d rather die than give up the Library’s secrets. And when one of Runt’s professors is attacked, it soon becomes clear that others are also out to find the Library at any cost. Meanwhile, Runt’s not the only one whose days are numbered. To save the floundering school from an inevitable sale, Dr. Critchlore takes some desperate measures. His master plan to save the school: a fashion show.

Praise for Dr. Critchlore's School for Minions Series

"Another smart, funny romp featuring a notably diverse cast headed by a minion who's looking more and more like a hero." -Kirkus

"An Addams Family for a new generation, filled with bizarre, peculiar, and sometimes downright silly characters.  Readers, whether evil or not, are going to love the imaginative world that is Dr. Critchlore's."

Michael Buckley, bestselling author of the NERDS and Sisters Grimm series

"Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions is one cool ghoul school, but behind the monstrous mayhem and creepy, comedic antics is a heartfelt theme of friendship. Evil Overlords need not force their minions to enjoy this spooktacular romp!"

Tony DiTerlizzi, co-creator of The Spiderwick Chronicles

"Werewolves, minions, evil overlords, junior henchmen, AND terrifying girl explorers. DR. CRITCHLORE’S SCHOOL FOR MINIONS has got it covered. Clever and funny. I laughed throughout!"

Andrea Beaty, author of Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies

Runt Higgins and friends are back for another monster-sized adventure at Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions. Runt now knows he’s not a werewolf, but who is he and where did he come from? Those are the answers Runt seeks, and he seeks them fast because he’s cursed to die on his 16th birthday. The answers to his past may lie in the Great Library, a place that some say is just myth. With Dr. Pravus up to no good again and Dr. Critchlore busy planning a fashion show (fashion show?!), it’s up to Runt, Syke, Frankie, and company to once again save the day.

Sheila Grau returns to the wacky, whimsical, creepy-fun world of Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions, in Gorilla Tactics. Wildly funny, bursting with gorilla sized fun, adventure, and imagination, with oodles of unforgettable characters and captivating world-building, Gorilla Tactics is an exciting romp from beginning to end. Grau’s spooktacular and quirky monster-filled world of Dr. Critchlore’s continues to entertain and enthrall with its fascinating inhabitants, cool classes, and surprises around every corner. And, in Gorilla Tactics, this monster-world is further expanded with the introduction of other schools, cities, and beings. Young readers will be amused, delighted, and intrigued by all this world has to offer.

Werewolves, mermaids, sirens, dryads, imps, mole people, zombies, oh my...Gorilla Tactics has them all and then some! With a fun, fresh spin on many classic monsters and mythical beings, Gorilla Tactics serves up plenty of twists and turns. Grau places her characters in many outrageously funny and thrilling situations, that will keep young readers eagerly turning pages.

my final thoughts: Gorilla Tactics brings the laughs, chills, thrills, and fun! Fans of the first book will be delighted by this sequel.

Sheila Grau grew up in an old house that had a secret closet nestled behind the bookshelves in the library. She was able to tuck herself into that little nook to ponder life's mysteries, like how her mother knew she was dropping her vegetables to the dog at dinnertime. (Answer: The dog didn't like vegetables, either, and spit them out on the floor.) Through the years, one mystery in particular seemed to have no answer: Where do evil overlords get their minions?
Unable to find an answer, she thought it would be fun to make one up. Dr. Critchlore's School for Minions is her first book.
Sheila currently lives in Northern California with her husband and four children and, sadly, no minions.

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anne s. said...

Looks like such a fun book to pass to my middle schoolers, thanks!

Unknown said...

The book definitely sounds entertaining.

Slowsly said...

I want to find the great library! Having been a minion at various times in my life this book looks interesting.

Brenda said...

Okay that library sounds really cool. Plus the illustrations in Dr. Critchlore were my and my kiddo's favorite part of the book.

Caitlin said...

Gorilla Tactics looks like a lot of fun.