Just like Saturday mornings (from 6:30-9:30 a.m.) when TV programming was reserved for kids’ cartoons, Saturday mornings on PWR are reserved for recommendations for kids’ books.

THANKS to Carla from Carla Loves to Read for the image.

Today’s read is Rachel Renee Russell’s series “The Misadventures of Max Crumbly.” Russell is the author of the well known “The Dork Diaries,” and is a very popular author with 5th through 8th graders in the U.S. and in other countries. The book I read is book three of the series, but the author kindly gives us in a sparse two sentences what happened in the first two books, so it works as a stand alone.

Funny! Funny! Funny!

The illustrations in this book are only superseded by the text on the humor scale. It is a fast, zany read with a plot that makes the reader laugh out loud and chuckle like a crazy person. Whenever Max thinks “MY LIFE IS OVER,” which he thinks frequently during the novel, something comes along and makes everything all right.

Max’s message to his readers is simple. “…just remember, if Erin and I can become superheroes and make the world a better place…


Just hang in there! and KEEP YOUR HEAD ABOVE WATER!



Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."


  1. Rae, it sounds like a cute book.
    I just finished reading a book I recently purchased The Great Corgiville Kidnapping by Tasha Tudor. I loved it!
    My next read is going to be The Fairy Caravan by Beatrix Potter. It took some looking to find a decent copy but I’m so happy I finally found one. One of the main characters is a terrier and I love terriers.
    Tasha Tudor and Beatrix Potter’s stories and illustrations resonate with me. I hope my books will do the same for kids of all ages.

    Hugs, Tambra

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