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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 8
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416994327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416994329
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #736,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5-8-Middle-schooler Matt Worfle is organized, careful, and a bit tightly wrapped. His best friend, Larry "Craz" Crazinski, is the opposite: impulsive and messy, but fun-loving. Together they create cartoons they hope to see published in the school newspaper. When they mysteriously receive a magical pen and ink bottle, the boys discover that they can rewrite reality through their comics. However, as they quickly learn, there are sometimes disastrous and unforeseen consequences. As the result of a mix-up in the hallway, the pen is lost to a rival cartoonist who mistakenly turns the members of the student council into aliens, prompting Craz to try to rectify the situation by unleashing a swarm of giant killer bees. Punctuated throughout with Silberberg's cartoon illustrations, Matt & Craz seems to occupy a place in the popular niche with James Patterson's "Middle School" series (Little, Brown) and Lincoln Peirce's "Big Nate" (HarperCollins). The story has some clever turns and at times poignantly captures the cusp of adolescence, such as a scene in which the boys create the perfect Saturday night, for Matt pizza and a movie with classmate Cindy Ockabloom; for Craz hanging out with unhinged superhero Captain G-Force. But overall, the style is inconsistent and the presentation unbalanced. The zany premise-the pen and ink arrive through an Internet search by way of an elusive yet ever-present mystery man-is offered with no explanation or justification. Yet elsewhere the story incongruously wants to be touching or instructive, with the boys learning the importance of their imperfect families and evolving friendship.-Bob Hassett, Luther Jackson Middle School, Falls Church, VAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Are seventh-graders Matt and Craz ahead of their time or just weird? Careful Matt Worfle and crazy Larry Crazinski make an awesome cartooning team, but no one pays attention to their work until Matt gets a magic pen and ink from Drawbetternow.com. Just as predicted, the cartooning kit brings their work to life. But the effects are disastrous: a horrible date night at the movies, aliens running student council, and killer bees chasing them down the halls of Kilgore Junior High, not to mention their English teacher’s sudden visit to the world of Treasure Island and the transformation of Craz’s large, messy family into one where he is an only child. Fast-paced action, humor, and occasional cartoons will keep readers engaged in this zany story, a combination of middle-school realism and wish fulfillment. But there is some depth to this tale, too, as both boys come to realize what they value in their families and in each other. A read with one goal on its mind: entertainment. Grades 5-8. --Kathleen Isaacs

More About the Author

As a kid I always knew I was going to be a writer. It was that or being the guy who hands out samples at the supermarket (I liked the easy access to the snack foods).

Every day I get to sit down and make stuff up. Let me tell you, that's a pretty great way to spend your time. Especially if you have a dog named Zeus perched on the chair behind you and an iced coffee by your side. Give me those things and then I'm all set to do my best putting words together to tell a story I hope you'll like.

MILO: STICKY NOTES & BRAIN FREEZE is my latest book and I am so proud that it exists. Winner of the SCBWI Sid Fleischman Humor Award, MILO is a funny story about a 13 year-old boy trying to figure out how to fit in and make sense of all the changes swirling around him. Filled with my cartoons and illustrations, it is also a heartwarming book that tells the story of a boy learning how to say the goodbye he never had the chance to say.

Milo is a weird and funny kid learning how to live without his mom. The book is so important to me because I was Milo. I lost my mom when I was nine and that was the moment my own life went from being normal - to being something that didn't make sense any more.

I wrote the book because it was a story that needed to come out of me. That's why it is a funny book. A sad book. A hopeful book and a helpful book.

MILO: STICKY NOTES & BRAIN FREEZE is the book I hope you enjoy as well!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By great game on January 22, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I bought this for my son who is 11 when it just came out. He loves it and has read it 200 times (no lie). He is always going on and on and on about it's great plot, that it is funny and that it has really fun pictures. My son won't go to bed when he is reading it. Everyone should buy this for their 10 to 12 year old.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Karney on April 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My 11-year old daughter is a huge fan of video games like Scribblenauts and Drawn to Life where players draw stuff that then becomes objects to use in the game. So I thought that she might enjoy Alan Silberberg's latest illustrated novel, about two friends whose cartoons start coming to life, and I was right. She devoured it in a long afternoon and evening, laughing to herself as she read, and when she was done she pressed the book into my hands and said "Read this now!" So I tore through it too, and had just as much fun as she did.

As he did in his two previous (and highly recommended) books, Silberberg tucks a lot of heart into stories that start out as merely wacky. In this case, the goofy adventures of Matt and Craz as they explore the powers of mysterious cartooning pen (adventures which include aliens, killer bees, pirates, rocket-powered bikes, copious amounts of junk food, and basically every cool thing there is) hide some powerful messages about friendship, creativity, art, and families. The book is never sappy, but the non-stop action and comedy is grounded in real emotions.

This book is highly recommended for children between 8 and 14 who have ever doodled, drawn, or held a pen. Don't miss it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura Pauling on April 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Love! Love! Love!

I read Milo Sticky Notes and Brain freeze and knew I'd enjoy this author's new book. Matt and Craz were great best friends and characters. They both had their faults and their strengths. They keep trying to get the school newspaper to accept their comic strip, and they fail. Until they have a magical pen, which makes what they draw come true. Except, sometimes, their drawings are misinterpreted. And then they're in deep trouble.

Alan Silberberg does an incredible job of sneaking in meaningful life while writing a humorous story. All of a sudden i find myself laughing and crying with these characters in the end when the story appears to be just humorous! A great balance.

My son has already it three times within the week of receiving it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"The Awesome, Almost 100% True Adventures Of Matt & Craz" is about two boys finding a magical pen that changes their lives. The author Alan Silberberg also wrote "Milo." If you liked "Milo," then you will love this one. It's a must-read for anyone who likes books with action and adventure -- and it's very funny too. I enjoyed this book so much and definitely recommend it. "The Awesome, Almost 100% True Adventures Of Matt & Craz" deserves a 5 out of 5 review!
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