- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 5 hours and 49 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Bunny Moon Enterprises, LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: December 14, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MQUB4CO
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In the same vein as The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, The King of Average is packed with puns and clever wordplay.
However, this book also mirrors Piers Anthony's moderately offensive Xanth novels in that women generally fall into one of two categories: evil and conniving or utterly beautiful.
Also prevalent are elements reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum with the advent of creatures like the Ninnies who throw worry warts or the sycophantic residents of the Flatterlands.
The King of Average is a funny jaunt through a quirky and cleverly crafted world that reaches a fairly satisfying conclusion.
James is average. After finding himself in another world where there are talking goats and little birds, he is invited to apply to be King of Average. James fancies himself the most average kid in the world and thinks this a mighty fine plan. To be the King, though, he must go on a quest to find out what happened to the previous King of Average (now missing and why they need a new king). Along the way James will discover that he is more than just average, that he can be loved and appreciated, and that he is capable of doing exceptional things.
Gary Schwartz has written a delightful middle grade novel that is funny and fun to read for all ages. I know that I would have loved this as much as a younger reader as I’m enjoying it as an adult. As an adult I’m enjoying it for the language and puns. As a young reader I would have enjoyed it for the story, fun situations, and fun characters.
I love the little images throughout the story.
After the initial premise and plot was explained, the book got a bit boring because the immediate tension let up and only James’s goal of being King of Average kept the story going as he was constantly interrupted in his mission by the whimsicality of the funky characters and the oddness of the interesting setting.
His review: The story was amazing as a whole; the plot is great. I think a lot of teens would enjoy this because it has some funny characters in it. There were some amount of hilarious parts. I will recommend this to my friends when I get the chance.