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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada (May 22 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385660804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385660808
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,187,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Funny in a twisted way. . . . Engaging.” -The Magazine

“Magnificent. . . . Rapid-fire repartee, puns, and wordplay grace almost every page. . . . Anyone who reads [Milrose Munce] is guaranteed to laugh out loud.” - Books in Canada

“Absolutely flawless. A cunningly subversive young-adult novel from one of the only living writers of English who knows how to craft a sentence.” - Joseph Suglia, author of Watch Out


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About the Author

Douglas Anthony Cooper is the author of two critically acclaimed novels for adults, Delirium and Amnesia. An author, playwright, photographer, web designer, and artist, his writing and photography have appeared in New York Magazine, Wired, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and The Village Voice. He has won several national awards in the US and in Canada for his feature-length articles.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on June 15 2007
Format: Hardcover
This bookseems to fall into an interesting new genre; I cannot really understand the need to compare it (and everything these days) to Harry Potter. Far more exciting to my mind are His Dark Materials, by PHilip Pullman, and Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, a masterpiece by Susanna CLark. We live in a new golden age of young adult fiction, and it is NOT defined by J.K.Rowling. Cooper is very much part of this new breed, even if he has decided to take a much more lighthearted approach to the supernatural: these are books meant to be a contribution to literature, not simply entertainment. (TO be honest, Cooper and CLark ARE entertaining - moreso than Pullman - but that's not the point.) I did not particularly like Douglas Cooper's last book, Delirium, and I 'm happy to say that he seems to have found his medium here -he's not necessarily a YA writer, but he's a comic writer at heart. I'm excited that serious novelists are branching out into less expe4rimental but, let's face it - more difficult territory. It's harder to write an excellent comic novel than it is a postmodern folly -even if this is heresy to say.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lian C. Chang on May 17 2007
Format: Hardcover
Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help has a common enough premise for a young adult novel: the protagonist is an intelligent young person who is "different" from his classmates in an unusual way; over the course of the novel, his special abilities allow him to overcome a difficult challenge, affirming his appreciation for his uniqueness, bolstering his social status, and winning the favors of a girl.

But this is not a common novel. The language is clever, humorously sarcastic, witty, and even poetic, making it a stimulating read for the intelligent young person or adult who wants to be entertained without being talked down to. The characters are irreverent, vividly sketched, and truly seem alive--no small feat given that most of the book's characters are ghosts and definitely not alive in any way. The story ultimately has a strong and positive message without approaching the saccharine moralism too common in mainstream children's (and adult's for that matter) books and Hollywood movies.

Adult readers of Cooper's earlier novels, Amnesia and Delirium, will not be disappointed. In addition to being a charming children's book, Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help makes use of some cleverly provocative architectural conceits. I can't say any more about that without spoiling the plot--so read it for yourself!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniella C. Curry on July 23 2007
Format: Hardcover
Eh, I don't buy much other than graphic novels these days. Not because I'm illiterate, but because they're just BETTER, for the most part. I was pressured to buy Milrose Munce, because a friend of mine - brilliant cartoonist - is in love with the cover. So I bought it, and read it, and... Damn. The novel's EXCELLENT, it's hilarious. (So's the cover, btw - this SHOULD be a graphic novel.) If you haven't heard about it yet, it's an ridiculously wacky Young Adult novel - more like a spoof of YA, for kids who are too self-consciously ironic to read the really sappy stuff. It has THE weirdest love story I've ever encountered (and I've seen some strange ones). Buy it. And frame the cover. Do it now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By StellerStella on July 7 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you're bored of reading what everybody else is reading then you're
going to be a happy girl when you pick this book up. It's the most
unboring thing I've read this year, actually that's an insult, it's
GUT RIOT HILARIOUS and actually really smart. Thisis the kind of book
Emily the Strange would write if she wrote books, or she'd at least
want someone to write this book about her. Actually there are a lot
of characters which remind me of Emily the Strange, so if you like
that whole thing, or love it like I do you should definitely
DEFINITELY read MM.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. O. Ratliff on July 7 2007
Format: Hardcover
Pretty odd that this book has become a cult classic in less than a month. I don't know many people who *haven't* read it! It's well deserved, though - I don't think I've ever laughed out loud while reading in public before, snorted coffee through my nose in fact.

I got lots of weird looks, then people wanted to know what I was reading. I think I ended up selling a lot of books that day! My guess is that Cooper is going to be the next Lemony Snicket, and I'm a major Snicket-ophile.
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How odd: I know Cooper's work from the Manhattan art/lit scene, and it is not precisely -populist-, to say the least! He has written two of the weirdest novels I've ever read - if deeply affecting - and his artwork is as bizarre as I've encountered; it's also extremely impressive, but hardly for children - he's famous for experimental media and post-narrative literary collaboration. All this to say: I expected this book, which I ordered based on his other reputation, to be either very very odd, or a complete sell-out. I'm happy to say that it is very very odd, but in a completely different way from his "adult" work, and in -no- way a sell-out (silly term to begin with - we're not dealing with alternative rock here).

Brilliant is brilliant, and it shouldn't be surprising that Cooper can do extraordinary things with the young adult novel. When you think about it, many of the greatest avant-gardists, from Miro to Louise Bourgeois, have experimented with work directed at children. Also, this is hardly the first hilarious project Cooper has engaged in, even if his other hilarity is a bit more in the line of Duchamp than Gorey. I'm amazed to find myself saying this, but I love this supposedly YA novel as much as any of his "serious" work.
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