Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help Hardcover – May 22 2007
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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
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This is awesome, Im a guy in grade 6 and I really really like it. This is the best book I have read in a few years it is very funny. Read morePublished on Oct. 6 2007 by Zach Montague
unless your kid's a mensa candidate they won't get half the jokes in this but that's okay because the ones they will get are hilarious. Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2007 by reader reader reader
This book is fantastic. I heard someone comparing it to Harry Potter the other day, but I think it has more of an Edward Gorey/Roald Dahl dementedness about it. Read morePublished on June 26 2007 by Emily Mandel
Can't remember laughing like this at something scary since seeing Beetlejuice. Wicked funny. I'm an Old Young Adult by the way.Published on June 26 2007 by Penny Broadsworth
I do like that this writer seems to have learned more from Edward Gorey than from all of the B ghosty films out there. Ghosts are _funny_. Especially really horrible ghosts. Read morePublished on June 16 2007 by Gorey Fan
I wanted to love this book. I had been waiting for it for soooo long...
Alas, I am sad to report that it did not quite meet my expectations. Read more
Right so I read this book and laughed my b%^@ off. This could be the most FUNNY thing Ive ever read plus I learned a lot of new words which I sort of started using. Read morePublished on June 15 2007 by MuncesGrll