As requested by a reader back on my entry about all the new books I got from the Superiorland Preview Center, I have perused My Big Mouth by Peter Hannan for review.

Checkouts: new to the library, courtesy of the Superiorland Preview Center
Typical reader: Students who have read the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (first book reviewed) will greatly enjoy this!

Synopsis: Davis Delaware moves with his father after his mother’s death and starts a new school in the spring of his freshman year.  He meets a beautiful girl named Molly, and overhears her say that it would be cool to start a band – so he invites her and another student to do just that.  He also constantly enrages the school bully – who happens to be Molly’s boyfriend.

My Goodreads rating: 4 stars (It was almost 5 …)

If I were to describe this book in one word, it would be “Fun.”  This was a genuinely enjoyable novel to read.  Davis’ voice is clear and real, and the drawings are great.  Peter Hannan, also known for the show “Catdog,” is a great illustrator for a book like this.  The sketches come across as something a high school student really would draw.  They’re more sophisticated than the drawings in Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but definitely something I could imagine being idly sketched in a teen’s notebook.

The format of the book is that of the popular “diary” genre that kids are loving these days.  With a more complex story and a higher word count, My Big Mouth is a natural pick for students that have graduated from the well-known Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.  While the book is aimed at the teen/YA crowd, there is no reason why an older elementary student shouldn’t read this.  There’s no language problem or sexual situations.

The story is pretty good.  Davis moves to a new school, makes some friends, and tries not to be destroyed by the school bully.  He gets noticed for his poetry skills by his English teacher and becomes a bit of a celebrity.  He starts a band to get close to Molly, the object of his secret interest.  The book’s climax comes in the form of a band concert, where his band “The Amazing Dweebs” is competing against “The Butchers,” which consists of the bully Gerald “the Butcher” Boggs and his goons.  And there’s a twist, which left me blinking in confusion by the end of the book.  I’m really not sure what to make of it!  That’s why the rating for this is 4 stars.  I don’t want to give anything away, but the outcome seemed a bit out of left field.  Your mileage may vary.