Sunday, May 20, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: The Wednesdays by Julie Bourbeau

Release Date
August 14, 2012

About The Book:  Max’s village is absolutely normal in every single way and on every single day—except Wednesday.Most of the townsfolk shutter their windows and lock their doors to hide away from the many peculiar things that happen—things like cats getting stuck in the vacuum cleaner and birthday cakes meeting fiery and horrific ends. But Max is too curious for that, and so, breaking every rule in the village, he searches out the cause of all the Wednesday weirdness.
What he uncovers is a secret so devious—so dastardly and mischievous—that life as he knows it will never be the same. Max himself is not the same. Suddenly the mysterious little accidents so common on Wednesdays are happening to him on Thursdays, Fridays—even Saturdays!
What’s come over Max? And more importantly, is there any cure for a case of the Wednesdays?
Mystery, magic, mischief and monsters abound in this slightly fantastical story of a human kid who wants to stay that way.

Illustrator: Jason Beene
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Who:  Jason Beene enjoys picture book illustration and portrait painting. His work also includes bookbinding which he studied in Assisi, Italy and glass blowing. Jason also studied in Rome, Italy for his entire junior year at RISD. This was a life and work changing experience and its influence can be seen throughout his work. Today Jason works for a major video game development company, taking skills from his training as a picture book illustrator and applying them to interactive children's software. He is currently working on production of his second Game Boy Advance title.

First Line: There was nothing in particular about the boy standing in the open window to indicate that he was anything but perfectly normal.

Great Line: "He had two dreadfully screechy older sisters who Max definitely didn't want to run into today." (59)

What Others Are Saying: "Max is hilarious, and never whinges. Did I mention he turns blue? And has to wash his hair with oil? You see that’s the difference between Max and I… I would be sulking like no one’s business if that happened but for Max, it’s all part of the adventure!"-Wear The Old Coat

What I Thought: I'm excited about The Wednesdays for two reasons. One it appeals to boy readers and two it has just enough mystery to keep them interested. Max is a great character and meets his adventures head on and fearless. The Wednesday's crack me up and I found the entire story very entertaining.

About The Author: Julie Bourbeau
Publisher: Random House

Who:   My life has probably been more adventurous than absolutely necessary.

I have jumped out of airplanes, been swept out to sea, and ridden camels across windblown sand dunes in the Middle East. I was married on a Himalayan mountaintop by four crimson-robed Tibetan monks, and I have traveled far and wide.

Because of all of these adventures I came to writing a little later than most, but now I'm making up for lost time. Besides, I'm now the mother of two exceptionally energetic young boys who provide me with a whole new world of adventures.

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  1. This sounds like a fun book, especially with the weirdness that happens on Wednesdays. Sounds a little magical. Thanks for sharing a book I haven't heard of yet.

  2. I've had plenty of wacky Wednesdays myself. What a great concept--I'll keep my eyes out for this one.


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