The Notebook of Doom: Whack of the P-rex
by Troy Cummings
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., 2014, Ages 8-11
The story is about a young boy named Alex who has recently
moved to the small town of Stermont. He and his two friends, Rip and Nikki, are
apart of the S.S.M.P- Super Secret Monster Patrol. On their way to school, they
spot a trail of candy, and then Alexander trips into what he thought was a hole.
Recovering from his fall, Alexander, Rip, and Nikki, realize that it is not a normal
hole, but instead, the footprint, to a monster. Their town is trashed with
candy, and buildings look stomped upon. It wasn't until they hear a loud vibration
occur, and a loud roar that Rip saw the dinosaur. They gang tried to
discover what did the candy have to do with this monster, and the finally
realized that this wasn't any regular dinosaur, but a P-Rex! A pinata-saurus
The author is very descriptive throughout the book. He uses
several literary devices, such as onomatopoeia, descriptive language, similes
and metaphors, and personification. I believe the use of these literary devices
makes the book appealing.
The primary medium for this book is pencil. It puts the
reader in the mindset of reading a middle school student's notebook. The
sketches aren't to scale, or realistic but more cartoon style. I believe this
helps make the book engaging. My favorite illustrations in the book are the
actual journal entries. When they finally discover the P-Rex, the put it in the
S.S.M.P Notebook.. The entry includes a drawing of the monster, its habitat,
diet, behavior, and other interesting facts about the monster.
I believe the book was very engaging. Even as a college
student I was interested in trying to figure out how to get rid out that P-Rex.
I believe this books falls under the higher spectrum of early childhood and the
lower spectrum for middle. I could see myself having this book in my fourth
grade classroom library. This book also integrates science and language arts
topics. The S.S.M.P had to observe the evidence and then in detail explain what
they observed. The first basic steps of a science lab report. By reading this
book, I believe it could improve a students lab report writing skills. Overall,
I really enjoyed the book, and plan to read the other 5 books in the series.
Review by Kimyada Clanton