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Everybody's favourite kid comic, Jamie Grimm, is out to conquer the world - with laughter, of course! Comedian Jamie Grimm can't help feeling like he's reached the top - he has his own smash hit TV show and he's won a national funny-kid competition. But now he's taking his fame and fortune to international levels by competing in the upcoming world kid comic contest! Will Jamie prove that he's the funniest kid on earth - or does he stand (or sit!) to lose his crown?
Teaching other kids how to be funny is the toughest gig that Jamie Grimm has ever had, and with the highest stakes. If he fails, his school library will be shut down for good! Even though he has a national contest trophy and a TV show under his belt, Jamie Grimm isn't one to sit back and relax. When his school has a major funding crisis, Jamie hits on a bright idea to save the day - a comedy class for the other students. Little does he know that making jokes and teaching jokes are two very different things... and he's only good at one of them. With the fate of his school's library on his shoulders, Jamie has to dig deep to see if he has what it takes to succeed at his most difficult challenge yet.
One of our Books of the Year 2018 | June 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: more fast, funny, heavily illustrated adventures with everyone’s favourite junior comic Lots has happened since Jamie Grimm’s first appearance in I Funny. Then he was a would-be stand-up comic, now he’s an established star with his own TV sitcom. Some things haven’t changed however, he’s still got an implacable enemy in his cousin, Stevie Kosgrove, especially when Stevie sees how he’s represented in Jamie’s sitcom. Back at middle school, can Jamie avoid Stevie, sort out his uncle’s Frankie’s love life, save the school library, and still keep his audience laughing? No matter how wild and wacky the action, Jamie’s presence and distinctive voice hold it all together and this is another sure-fire page-turner. Laughs and plot twists can be taken for granted, but Patterson makes sure the story delivers on character too, and the chance to see the world through someone else’s eyes. ~ Andrea Reece
In the expert hands of James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein middle school is the funniest place on earth, especially in this series starring Jamie Grimm, the wheelchair-using kid with the super-sharp line in banter. Things should be looking good for Jamie following his triumph in the Planet’s Funniest Kid Comic competition, but part of his prize is the starring role in his own sitcom and Jamie’s not sure he wants that. Plus, there’s a new bully at school who is impervious to Jamie’s secret weapon – comedy. As ever the story moves so smoothly that readers won’t even notice how quickly the pages are turning while Jamie’s resilience as much as his comic timing make him a hugely appealing hero. ~ Andrea Reece
Another welcome return for Jamie Grimm, wisecracking wheelchair-using star of best-selling author James Patterson’s Middle School series for kids. In this episode Jamie is off to Hollywood to take part in the national finals of the Planet’s Funniest Kid Comic Competition, having won various local and national heats along the way. All this success has gone to Jamie’s head though. Given that he’s always the butt of his own jokes, Jamie is going to have to have to learn to laugh at himself again to be in with a chance of winning the competition. Fortunately, his friends and family are there to help him do just that. Jamie’s voice rings loud and true as ever, the various different plot lines are easy to follow and it all comes together in another heart-warming climax.~ Andrea Reece
Jamie Grimm, he funny. He very funny in fact. Book one in this new series by James Patterson follows his progress as he enters a local comedy competition for kids. The plotline allows for jokes a-plenty, while Jamie’s comical observations on life add to the humour. But it’s not all laughs. As Jamie himself puts it, he’s a stand-up comic who doesn’t fit the job description: an accident has put him in a wheelchair. The urge to find out what happened to Jamie will keep readers turning the pages just as much as the laughs and beneath the surface there’s a tender and affecting story, very skilfully told. ~ Andrea Reece
I Even Funnier is a welcome return for Jamie, wheel-chair-using wannabe comedian and star of James Patterson’s new series. Once again, Jamie’s preparations for a comedy competition give the plot an impetus that will get and keep kids turning the pages, while sub-plots concerning Jamie’s family and friends – much-loved uncle Frankie, far less likeable bully of a cousin Stevie, and friend Gaynor – provide new storylines and the chance for a bit of reflection on what’s really important in life. I Even Funnier is as funny as I Funny and as involving and touching too, which is real praise. There’s a guest appearance by Rafe Khatchadorian too in cartoon strip form that I very much enjoyed! ~ Andrea Reece
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