Wednesday, April 11, 2012

What's Christian Reading? The Accidental Genius of Weasel High

Christian brought a new book home the library, The Accidental Genius of Weasel High by Rick Detorie. It looks to me to be kind of a Diary of a Wimpy Kid-like book. Let's see if I can judge a book by it's cover, or if I'm way off base.

Here's what Christian says the book is about.

"It's about a boy who's 14 whose name is Larkin. He has a bratty sister named Kelly whose hair is formed like a speed bump. Larkin has a friend named Brooke. Together they do a lot of things, like memorizing scenes from funny movies and acting them out in public, and snarking on people.

"After they go to the ice skating rink, Brooke asks if he has a girlfriend yet (ed. Brooke is a girl). He doesn't respond, because he always thought that Brooke was his girlfriend, so he's shocked. He has another friend named Freddie and an arch enemy named Dalton Cooke.

"He sees Brooke with Dalton and thinks they're going out. But he's wrong. Dalton sets up a prank and he wants Larkin to film it. They're going to ask their French teacher the names of colors in French. Every time he turns to write it on the board, the class moves their desks forward, until he's pinned and can't move."

Here's what Christian liked about the book.

"I liked when his mother went in for share your job day at school. She's a handyperson, so she brought in a chainsaw and revved it up in the classroom while wearing a ski mask. It was Larkin's idea and she liked it."

Was there anything Christian didn't like?

"I liked everything except that his older sister was so mean. When he was three and she was five, she dressed him up in a lamb suit and set up a lemonade stand with a sign that said 'buy some lemonade or lamby gets a beating.'"

So, how does Christian rate Thee Accidental Genius of Weasel High by Rick Detorie?

He gives it 3 1/2 out of 5 flaming monkey heads.



  1. I just heard about this book today at the library! It sounds like an interesting read. As a teacher I cannot imagine a parent revving up a chainsaw in my classroom. I am sure the kiddos would be thrilles- but I would have lots of explaining to do!

    1. Well, if you ask me, the parent would be the one who would have to do the explaining. I had never heard of this book until Christian brought it home.