Middle Grade Fiction with a twist: 28 Chapters. Approximately 21,000 words / 84 Pages.
Mickey Angie Lowe and His Crazy Fantastic Doodle Pen is a ridiculously fast-paced story that was created for those of you who would rather play video games than read a boring book. For Mickey Angie Lowe, school is torture, and doodling is the only thing that gets him through the boredom. Then one day Mickey is teleported into the doodle world he’s been drawing taking him on an adventure like none other. Now Mickey must find the portal back to Earth. Unfortunately Mr. Volcanizer, the beastlike Viking and ruler of Lava Island would rather eat Mickey for dinner than allow him to get back home. Luckily Mickey has some help from a few strange yet loyal friends. But will they be able to outsmart Mr. Volcanizer? The story is a crazy adventure with many bumps, bruises and plenty of laughs along the way. I know, I know, this sounds like a standard book. Well I haven’t told you about the best part, Mickey pulls off all the stops to keep his readers entertained. While trying to avoid being eaten, Mickey will entertain you by breaking away to tell a joke, coming up with a riddle, playing an I Spy game, drawing a comic and much, much more. He allows you into his head, and what a fantastically strange head it is. For Parents: This is a humorous first person account told through the eyes of Mickey Angie Lowe. Mickey Angie Lowe And His Crazy Fantastic Doodle Pen differs from a linear narrative in that is provided frequents breaks from the story in the form of daydreams. These daydreams allow young readers to have an entertaining break from the story. As a teacher I have observed first hand the benefits of frequent deviations from direct instruction. In this fast-paced technological age it is a challenge to maintain the interest of a young mind. Children are used to multi-faceted video games that allow them to frequently change levels, characters and journeys. Mickey Angie Lowe has been written with this in mind. Although the story pulls the reader in all kinds of directions, the fun-filled diversions also offer the reader a sense of control and choice. For Kids: This book rocks! It is unlike anything you have ever read before. Just try to contain yourself when you are reading this book in class – you don’t want your teacher to think that you are having too much fun.
The other children hate me, but I donít really care. At first I used to care Ė I thought being popular was important. Then I saw how all those cootie-faced girls followed Franky Fingers everywhere he went. No thank-you!
It also doesnít help that everyone is afraid of me Ė how ridiculous. Just because I bopped a kid or two in the head. Trust me, they deserved it, calling me Angie Ė I warned them that I hate the name. My name is Mickey Angie Lowe, but just call me Mic and we will have no problems.
Now most kids just leave me alone and this is fine by me. It leaves more time for me to doodle. Doodling is the best thing to do to get through those boring days at school. That is until one of my doodles went horribly wrong. This Viking Beast tried to eat me, strange looking birds tried to drop these massive boulders on my head, a weird-looking blubber guy followed me everywhere I went and I couldnít find the portal to get back home!
Sorry Iíll get to that a little later in the book. That is if you can even call this a book at all. Sure there is writing, it has a cool cover and there is a story with many characters including heroes and villains. However, this if far from a normal book and far from a normal story. More accurately this is a crazy, high speed, sweat-seeping story.
As you may have guessed I am a little different. Letís just say that I get distracted very, very easily. But guess what, I donít care one bit! I canít help it. One minute Iím focused on doing my math homework and the next minute Iím daydreaming. When Iím telling a story itís the same deal Ė I go off topic all the time. Lucky for you this is when the real fun begins. Iím gonna take you on a roller coaster ride. The challenge is whether you slowpokes can keep up?
For those of you that are looking for a straightforward story, then this book is not for you. But donít worry, Iím sure that there are plenty of traditional books in the library, just blow off the dust before you read them. Actually you kids are missing out. I suggest that you do go ahead and read some of the classic novels Ė just make sure to read this book first Ė or Iíll bop YOU in the head!
If you are ready for the challenge, strap yourself in, because you have never met nobody like me before.