Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions
Minions! Now, I know what you’re thinking … no, not the yellow one-eyed creatures from that movie, despicable me, but a servant that carries out the evil plans of his/her master. Runt Higgins, twelve years old, is training to be one at Dr. Gritchlore’s School for Minions. The school year gets off to a very of a rocky start when a video is posted on “Monster Tube” of some “girl explorers” scaring away alumni ogres of Dr. Gritchlore’s school down a cliff. Runt, once again, gets put into the wrong dorm. He is a werewolf, not a human. When Runt tries to talk to Dr. Gritchlore things doesn’t work out either, because he is busy watching soap operas. As if those problems aren’t enough, Runt also has to deal with group of first year zombies that wont stop following him. It’s up to Runt and his friends to stop whoever is sabotaging the school. Luckily he has some good friends: Skye, the tree nymph who is like his sister, Frank, 25, who’s head keeps popping off, and Darthin the mad scientist who dresses like a gargoyle.
I really liked this book. It grabbed my attention and I couldn’t put it down. I loved that there was still modern stuff (with a little twist) like DPGs or Dungeon Positioning Systems, or the MMA tournament (Mixed Monster Arts). I also liked the funny quotes or precepts at the beginning of each chapter such as, “An overlord with out a minion is like a toothless shark. – Dr. Gritchlore, in an advertisement.”
Some things didn’t quite add up in the end, but overall the book was very enjoyable. The comedy fantasy and mystery made Shelia Grau’s Dr. Gritchlore’s School for Minions a very pleasurable read. I would give it 8.9 out of 10 stars.
~ Helena, 12