Sunday, August 21, 2016

Dr. Critchlore's School for Minions by Sheila Grau

Age Group: Middle
Genre: Fantasy
Publishing Date: March 17, 2015 by Harry N Abrams

Summary: Runt Higgins is a werewolf at Dr. Critchlore's School for Minions(DCSM) a school for minions in training. Unlike most of the kids at the school, Runt has lived at the school since he was little, when his wolf pack dropped him off there. Now he is a third year, in the Junior Henchman Training Program, and feels like he is cursed. After a video went viral about how bad the school is, the school starts to go downhill. Most of the new monsters are not the brightest and one of the new students, Pismo, keeps on getting him in trouble. To make matters worse, the principal becomes delusional, there is an explosion, only 5 of the 27 students selected for the Junior Henchman training Program, and Runt keeps on getting in a lot of trouble, mostly because of Pismo. Now it is up to Runt to figure out who caused all the misfortune to the school, make it into the Program, and stop getting and trouble. Along the way he finds out a lot of information, but the worst one is, he may not be a werewolf after all.

What I Liked: The author, Shelia Grau, put an unoriginal idea and changed it. Lately, I have seen a lot of books about a school for evil or a school for heroes. What Grau did is she used that idea, but instead of doing a school for evil she did a school for evil henchman, who you don't think about very often. Another thing I like is that throughout most of the book everything did not go Runt's way. In most books everything goes the protagonist's way, but in this book it did not go his way at all, in fact, almost nothing went his way.

What I Didn't Like: While I liked the idea of a school for minions, it still used the idea of a school for heroes or supervillians, which is being very overused nowadays. I also didn't like how Grau immediately put Runt in the third class. I prefer it when they start off in the first class and go up, or at least put a little bit of background at the beginning.

Rating on 'the scale': 8.5 out of 10


  1. I haven't heard of this one. Your review convinced me to track down a copy for myself.

  2. Did hall realize everyone like fanfiction by far

  3. When is. New thing coming out are you writing fanfiction

    1. Jej-

      Like all good books, it'll come out. I'm working on a big project right now, and honestly the motivation has gone down for Erica POV. I'll definitely keep you updated.

  4. Do you mean school or blog spot project