“Patterson (the brand) has done a nice job of segueing into including some really fun and interesting books for younger readers. They are written in a format the blends illustration and text in a way that is somewhere between a graphic novel and a traditional novel. This is the newest book of three that do just that. This one introduces the readers to Jamie Grimm, a middle schooler hoping to make it big as the world's first sit-down comic. That's right ... SIT-DOWN comic. What makes Jamie different in the field is that he is bound to a wheelchair, but he doesn't let that fact keep him down. He is full of funny jokes and more than willing to share them with the world.
In the last few years, Jamie has had to move to a new community to live with his step-parents, who are really his mother's sister and her husband. The Kosgrove family is definitely the most humorless family you will ever meet, but that is OK. Jamie finds love and support in the form of his Uncle Frankie. Jamie gets an opportunity to practice his jokes at his uncle's diner.
School is also an adventure. First, he is picked on by the school bully ... who also happens to be his step-brother. He also has two of the best friends any guy could ever want in the extra-bright Pierce and the tattooed and pierced Gaynor. Then there is the cute Cool Girl who seems above his station, but is so much more. He is going to need all the support he can when he goes out for a contest to choose the funniest kid around!
This is really a fun read, though, the humor does go a bit over the top. It also has some really touching moments that help go into the idea of talking to people when you are hurting and the fact that you can't hide behind humor.”