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Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help (Extended Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Douglas Anthony Cooper
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  • Length: 240 pages
  • Series: Milrose Munce (Book 1)
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Book Description


NOTE: This is an expanded version of Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help, which was on the Financial Times bestseller list, and was named a "2008 Book of the Year" by Lovereading4kids in the UK. It was also #1 on both the Children's and Teens' bestseller lists on Amazon. While I'm happy (thrilled, even) with the Doubleday edition, I had the urge to release a director's cut: entirely new sections have been added, most of which were written after the original was published. Digital publishing has its virtues -- it permits this kind of experiment. This version is appropriate for ages nine to adult.

Milrose Munce is still alive. Which is more than you can say for most of his friends. No, his friends died, some time ago, mostly in gruesome accidents in the school science lab. Bored Beulah, for instance, fell asleep into a vat of hydrochloric acid. Toasted Theresa caught fire - and roasted for some hours - in the chemical store room. Neither of these girls is very pleasant to look at, but Milrose is extremely fond of them. His mentor is Deeply Damaged Dave, who was carrying a vial of something combustible in his pocket, which - sad to say - combusted. Dave is a master of all things dangerous, and specializes in Milrose's favorite activity: the staging of unwise and magnificent explosions.

Milrose is the only one, as far as he knows, who can see these ghosts. This causes some trouble: the teachers witness him talking to the empty air in front of him, and laughing at jokes that nobody else can hear, and slapping non-existent friends on the back. For this Milrose is sentenced to receive Professional Help, a nasty business administered by the unhinged Massimo Natica in a hidden room in the school: the loathsome, perilous Den. He and his fellow captive, Arabella, soon discover that they have in fact been caught up in a vast and unspeakably evil plot, which threatens the lives and deaths of everyone they know. Luckily, they have an army of ghosts at their disposal.

Critics in the UK and Canada have compared Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help to the twisted masterpieces of Lemony Snicket and Roald Dahl. While readers as young as eight have loved the book, this dark comedy has an equally large following among adults.


“(AMNESIA's) elliptical narrative style recalls works by D.M. Thomas, Paul Auster, Sam Shepard and Vladimir Nabokov.... One gradually comes to appreciate Mr. Cooper's copious gifts: his ability to manufacture odd, cinematic images; his talent for creating a musically patterned narrative out of repeated symbols and motifs; his willingness to tackle ambitious intellectual themes. ” - Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times

“Douglas Cooper's AMNESIA is a compelling, obsessive nightmare of a debut novel -- Catcher in the Rye for a darker, more cynical age.” - The Austin Chronicle

“(AMNESIA's) ritual style with its overt symbolism recalls the haunting incantations of Jean Genet. Cooper handles narrative symbolism even better than Margaret Atwood. His musing speculation invokes Beckett. ” - The Toronto Star

“Douglas Cooper's DELIRIUM is beautiful and frightening -- the most transfixing novel I've read in the last two years. ” - Mikal Gilmore (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Shot in the Heart)

Editorial Reviews


“Appealing to the misfit in all of us, Milrose Munce is a grand, gigglesome read.” - The Financial Times (London)

“One of the funniest books I've read this year.” - Sowetan (South Africa)

“Readers who enjoyed such books as A Series of Unfortunate Events or the Pure Dead books by Debi Gliori will love this.” - Back to Books

“Magnificent ... Rapid-fire repartee, puns, and wordplay grace almost every page.” - Books in Canada

“This brims with knowing and sly humor.” - Literary Review (London)

“Absolutely flawless. A cunningly subversive young-adult novel from one of the only living writers of English who knows how to craft a sentence.” - Joseph Suglia, author of Watch Out

“An incredibly unique, quirky and snot-pop-out-my-nose-hilarious book! ... Simply brilliant.” -

“Twisted.” - The Magazine


An incredibly unique, quirky and snot pop out my nose hilarious book - Relish Absolutely Flawless, A cunningly subversive young-adult novel - Joseph Suglia, author of Watch Out A laugh-riot - BC Magazine Appealing to misfit in all of us, Milrose Munce is a grand, gigglesome read - Financial Times

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  • Print Length: 240 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Lending: Enabled
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nine year-old boy LOVES Milrose Munce July 22, 2009
Length: 5:05 Mins
My nine year-old son LOVES Milrose Munce, and since I heard it doesn't have a US publisher yet, we made a quick video interview as encouragement. Ian thinks Milrose Munce would make a great series -- and I agree. Smart, funny, Milrose and his friends Deeply Damaged Dave and Arabella do what we all long to -- take on the squares, and win.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars coool book April 30, 2010
A Kid's Review
Format:Kindle Edition
4 full disclosure im a 12 year old guy. this book is really awesome. my mom actually MADE me read it which is usually BAD but this book is serious funny. it pretty much has everything, magic, ghosts, girls. its unrealistic because uh there are really torn up ghosts running arounfd a school that a guy and his girlfriend can see but its also mega realistic at the same time because its just u know like any other school. if you have to read something for school or something i would pick this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent addition to the YA canon. May 2, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Douglas Anthony Cooper's book is truly a wonderful book. I downloaded the Kindle edition and found myself wrapped up in the story within minutes. I only wish I hadn't read it so fast! I guess I'll just have to read it again, so I can re-enter the world of Milrose Munce.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Art!!! May 20, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The story is great. The characters are fun, quirky and entertaining. Where this book truly shines is the language. A lot of YA fiction seems to strive for Hemmingway simplicity in vocabulary and in many cases talks down to its audience. This one pulls out the GRE rolodex and makes no apologies.

Repeatedly, I found myself amazed at the masterful use of the English language. Mr. Cooper paints a masterpiece of words as assuredly as master painters fill a canvas with color and form.

If you don't have a kindle (to look up words) you may want to keep a dictionary handy. For me half of the fun was the author's ability challenge me with new words (that always upon lookup revealed themselves to be the perfect choice). I found myself using the dictionary function a lot but it was fun (like a detective story on the side).

Want your kid to improve his chances at a high vocabulary score for the SAT/ACT? Give them this book and they'll have so much fun they won't even realize they're learning.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TWISTED AND HILARIOUS May 27, 2007
I've always been a huge fan of demented, humorous gothic, and this

book is now at the top of my list when I have to recommend books to my

demented friends. Incredibly funny, and deeply creepy, Milrose Munce

reminds me of the greatly missed Charles Addams cartoons in the New

Yorker. This is certainly not just a "children's book" - the writer

is a stylist, and while kids will probably adore the novel, they're

not likely to appreciate just how well it's written.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
For those of you who prefer the DVD Director's cut of a movie to the theatrical version - this is kind of what that is, in Milrose book format. Some of it is very subtle, while other chapters are essentially re-written with all new scenes added. Knowing that I'd want to review this and having a horrific memory I broke out the original so that I could compare the two, here and there when I found myself asking myself "Hmm, is this part a little different?" What did I find? Yes, there are parts that were edited so subtly that you'd have to either have the book memorized or be comparing them side by side to notice. On the other hand, many of the edits were so obvious that even with said bad memory, I recognized immediately they were in fact edits - no need to compare the two editions to jog my memory as the entire chapter felt new to me. Never fear, it's still the same Milrose you loved if you read the original (you did love him didn't you?) -- it's just MORE of him and some new... well you'll have to read it to find out what the new is.

So is it worth buying the "Expanded" Version of Milrose?
- If you haven't read Milrose and have been at all considering reading it - YES this is the version to read.

- If you loved the original edition of Milrose - YES, the extras are worth it, I'm not disappointed that I bumped it to the top of my to read list.

- If you were only so-so about the first book - You can probably pass on this one as it's not going to be enough to change your mind about the book.

For me? I'm impressed enough with this book and author that I've already offered to buy a copy for someone else, if that tells you anything.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superbly ridiculous novel June 19, 2007
I am a serious devotee of Oscar Wilde, so I'm always excited to see a Wilde quotation at the front of a novel. Even more satisfying is to find that the book lives up to the glorious silliness of Earnest. This is a completely ridiculous novel - the highest praise I can think of.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Milrose Rules April 30, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help is categorized as a "Young Adult" book, but is no more a true YA book than the Harry Potter series is. Cooper's descriptive prose, witty dialogue and evocative adolescent angst is dead-on and very, very funny. Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help so well worth reading, and getting virtually dog-eared. Read Milrose. It's all the Professional Help you'll need.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome story!
My 10 year old daughter couldn't stop laughing! I started by reading out loud to her,but when I ran out of time she just grabbed the book and kept reading!
Published 7 months ago by Tim Philip
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Melrose munce
Very entertaining and easy reading. Story was well versed with a smooth flow of antics. The characters took on a lifelike quality with a touch of compassion.
Published 9 months ago by Amy E Calarco
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I liked it a lot but this book is not for kids. But the book is great other wise .
(Review written by my 12 year old son. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Connie Mayes
1.0 out of 5 stars I can't beleive I ate the whole thing
I was intrigued by the author's audacious self-aggrandization. From the reviews, thinking my child might enjoy this book, I purchased it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Squid
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
That was a good book I do say other people should read it and say what you think about it
Published 21 months ago by Robyn M Ingram
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it!
Cooper is quite adept with words. This was a thoroughly fun read, influenced me to buy all of his books.
Published on October 28, 2012 by Marilyn Reese
4.0 out of 5 stars He Sees Dead People
Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help is a charming and humorous tale of a schoolboy who befriends the ghosts inhabiting his school. Read more
Published on November 8, 2011 by Nash Android
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 star review from Red Adept Reviews
Overall - 4 1/2

Plot/Storyline - 4
While this is more of a young adult novel, it is a delightful, fast read for an adult who just needs a joyful distraction. Read more
Published on November 5, 2011 by Heather Brush
5.0 out of 5 stars Milrose Munce Needs No Help!
Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help is a pretentiously mocking narrative, and I mean that most pleasurably and playfully. Read more
Published on August 9, 2011 by Cheri Anne
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever and light hearted
An amusing style that is easy and enjoyable to read. Lots of good words to develop vocabulary. Bravo!
Published on August 6, 2011 by AbleDanger
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Wow! Is anyone else reading this?
The penny thing is not all that surprising - publishers are doing this a lot these days with new books they predict are going to become really big: they put them up as e-books for nothing, hoping that the word of mouth takes off... there are zillions of free books on amazon now, so the... Read More
May 1, 2010 by naxsmash group |  See all 3 posts
Whats up with this book?
I was wondering the same thing. I haven't been able to put my Kindle down since downloading it. I told a fellow teacher about it, and went to send her the Amazon link. I knew there must have been a mistake when I saw the price. $218.00?! If I was going to shell out that kind of dough, I'd go... Read More
May 24, 2010 by A. Doyle |  See all 3 posts
what the heck is going on with this book?
A lot of copyrighted kindle books are free or nearly free for a limited time. This book started out costing a penny, then became unavailable in the US, then was available for $9.99, and now it's a penny again. It should remain available for a while, but the current price probably won't last.
May 12, 2010 by VioletVal |  See all 7 posts
!!!stuff 4 milrose munce fans!!! Be the first to reply
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