Oh my goodness, this was the cutest book I think I’ve read all year! The Kooky Kids’ Club is definitely a book I could have used as a kid and maybe even as a teenager. Without a doubt, I would have been in the club. I related so much with Maxine and was so happy once she was invited in. But before I give too much away, let’s get to the review!
Maxine is smart, quirky, and a bit of a misfit. One day, she receives a mysterious invitation to a meeting of the “Kooky Kids’ Club.”
Things are looking bright. It’s nice to finally have a real group of friends. Then Maxine’s teacher disappears.
Maxine doesn’t know what happened to her beloved teacher, or how she can help. But if anybody has the smarts to help Miss Thompson, it’s Maxine and the Kooky Kids’ Club…
This quirky chapter book is for the best kind of kids—the ones who are a little bit kooky!
Maxine does not fit in at school. She has what she calls “Maxine Moments” a couple of times a week at least. No matter how hard she tries she always ends up doing something embarrassing or something that makes her classmates think she’s strange. Her only outlet is her Aunt who encourages her in everything she does and her teacher, Miss Thompson, who always knows how to cheer her up and inspire her with the class’s next assignment. But besides those two people, Maxine doesn’t really feel understood or accepted by her peers.
Well, that is until she gets an invitation to The Kooky Kids’ Club. The club is for kids who don’t exactly fit in with their peers because they are unique and different. Maxine is a little weary but goes to her first meeting.
And, as it turns out, the club is exactly what Maxine is looking for! The club consists of Lewis who is great at robotics, Reggie who loves to cook, and Lisa who loves poetry. Each week, one of the members teaches the others about the thing they love the most.
Lewis teaches them how to use the robotic dog he helped code, Reggie shows them how to make chocolate, and Lisa teaches them about rhythm in poetry. Maxine is all ready to teach the group how to draw and design but then something strange happens…
Miss Thompson goes missing!
Maxine goes to class one day and learns that Miss Thompson is not their teacher anymore. She has been replaced by Mr. Matthews who is a much more rigid teacher than Miss Thompson was. Needless to say, Maxine is not a fan and wants to find out what happened to her favorite teacher.
With some help from her new friends, they find out what happened to Miss Thompson and how they can get her back. (no spoilers!)
As I said in the intro, I absolutely loved this book and am so glad I got a chance to read it for this blog tour. I like how it never talked down to the reader. It’s smart and fun, and the message it gives to kids is an important one: being who you are is not always easy but it’s never wrong. If you have kids in school who don’t feel like they fit in, this is the book for them! I am giving The Kooky Kids’ Club by Robbie Yates 5 out of 5 stars. Even if you don’t have kids (I don’t), this is just a fun, light read that anyone can enjoy.
Thank you to Digital Reads Blog Tours and Robbie Yates for the free copy!
Robbie Yates is an author from Melbourne, Australia. He likes cocoa, cheeky poetry, and eating all of the red jellybeans before anybody else can get to them.
In his free time, Robbie likes to read ridiculous and wacky kids’ fiction. He also likes practical jokes and terrible puns.
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