From School Library Journal
Grade 5–8-Franklin Delano Donuthead, the eponymous hero of Donuthead
(Knopf, 2003), is back, as are all of the other characters from the first book. Now in middle school, Franklin is still obsessed with hygiene, cleanliness, and safety, and Sarah is still living a hard-knock life. The plot this time centers around whether Sarah will wear pants or the customary skirt for her figure-skating performance, and whether Franklin will find the courage and self-reliance to rescue her from her aunt. Readers who aren't familiar with the first book will be totally lost. Stick with Gordon Korman's No More Dead Dogs
(Hyperion, 2000), a more amusing choice about a male protagonist.—Nancy Brown, Fox Lane High School, Bedford, NY
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In this sequel to Donuthead
(2003), smart, obsessive Franklin has made it to middle school, where he quickly discovers that his goals to stay healthy, improve mentally, and avoid risk are in danger--from germs as well as lunchroom bullies ("Fitting in with my peers was as important . . . as washing one's hands regularly"). All is not lost, however; Franklin finds the courage to travel on a germ-filled bus to rescue his friend Sarah, whose drunken dad has been arrested. Whether trying to use the urinal ("who decided that boys need less privacy than girls?") or obsessing about germs, the identity of his father, his mother's new boyfriend, or his crush on a classmate ("for the hundredth time that day thinking about not thinking about Glynnis"), he is a character readers will like, and his trials are a wry, touching commentary on middle-school survival. Hazel RochmanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved