Snoogers Rule, Mammoths Drool! by Kerry Crowley
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Genre: Middle Grade, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary, Historical
Length: Short Story (141 pages)
Age Recommendation: 8+
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
You’d think eleven-year old rich kid, Marcus Fleming, has it made, but he doesn’t. He often feels like a disappointment, struggling to live up to his dad’s high standards.
One day, Marcus holds open a door for a very sickly-looking man. The thanks he gets is a sneeze that covers him in thick green slime. Marcus soon discovers that this slime has given him the ability to shoot radioactive mucus out of his mouth and nose. After fine-tuning his abilities, he dubs himself the superhero, Mucus Phlegmball, but is determined to keep his powers a secret.
When mutant squirrels threaten the town, Marcus feels compelled to step up, but worries he can’t handle it alone. He reveals his secret to his best friend, Chunk, and to Dr B., the sickly scientist who sneezed on him, and they agree to work together.
Through radioactive snot-filled time traveling adventures, Marcus is continually challenged and faces many of his fears. Can this insecure young man summon the courage to handle the responsibility of being a super hero?
It’s almost impossible to hold back a sneeze when your nose is full of snot, so why does everyone do it? What could be the worst possible thing that would happen if they didn’t?
My favorite scenes in this story were the ones that gave the audience a glimpse of what Marcus thought about but would never say out loud. He was such an interesting guy, and I only liked him more as I got to know him better. There is definitely something to be said for a main character who is as creative and smart as this one. While I don’t know if the author is planning to write a sequel, I’d love to see what kinds of adventures this character has in the future.
I would have liked to see more time spent showing how Marcus’ radioactive mucus worked. Some of the rules about what it was capable of and why this character’s nose was the only part of his body to be affected by the stranger’s sneeze didn’t quite make sense to me. Had this been explained in better detail, I would have given this book a much higher rating.
The squirrels caused so much mischief. They way they went about messing up the human’s lives was just so squirrel-like that I couldn’t help but to laugh. While I wouldn’t want them anywhere near my house, it was entertaining to see how much trouble these creatures could get into in such a short amount of time.
Snoogers Rule, Mammoths Drool! is a great choice for anyone looking for something fun and a little gross.