Booklist Savors Pickle Impossible

Published October 11, 2010 by Eli Stutz

I was squeed (oops, wrong conjugation of non-existent slang word) to catch this great review of Pickle Impossible from Booklist!:

Can average be extraordinary? It can if you are Pierre LaBouche, a boy with an almost superhuman ability to stand on middle ground. Pierre, who is neither fast nor slow, strong nor weak, a genius nor a dunce, has been entrusted with saving the family farm at the International Pickelympics in Bern, Switzerland. Along the way, his jar of pickles draws unexpected attention from a pickle rival, who will stop at nothing to sabotage the boy’s mission. Then Pierre meets Aurore, who initially sets out to steal the pickles but quickly changes sides. Aurore is also the story’s narrator, and she describes all the action with a good deal of panache. Cliff-hangers, puns, and all-around strangeness abound as Pierre and Aurore race to the end of their adventures. Stutz gets a lot of mileage from a slight premise, but because the writing is so lively and the twists so unexpected, readers will find much to enjoy here, and many middle-graders will see themselves in heroically average Pierre. Grades 4-6. –Kara Dean


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