- I’m always on the lookout for solid, MG fiction.
Summary from GoodReads:
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.
Ever had a case of the Monday’s? Well, Julie Bourbeau explores that theme with a slight twist. In The Wednesdays, Max’s village is stuck with a huge case of the Wednesdays – on Wednesday of course! Anything and everything goes wrong one day of the week… so in order to avoid those things happening the entire town shuts down and everyone hides. After all, you don’t want to let a Wednesday into your house!
So what happens when Max peeks out of the window and lets a Wednesday in? Well.. that’s the story, isn’t it?
I was completely delighted by this middle-grade adventure. It had mystery, fantastic secondary characters, and riddles galore. I don’t often pick up middle-grade level books, but when I do I make sure that they have something unique about them, and The Wednesdays did not disappoint on that level. It was charming, full of fun, and definitely something I’ll be recommending to my nieces and nephews to read.
For you parents out there: this is a great book filled with a lot of action and adventure. I could not find anything to object to in the story for first graders on, but there is a bit of scary stuff toward the end of the book. I’d recommend a read-through first if that worries you. And even though the book seems long, I flew through it in just a few hours. Very easy to check out first.
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- The publisher provided this review copy via NetGalley.
- Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers
- Release Date: 8/14/2012