Hellllooooo everyone! Today is the second post in my lil Middle Grade series, and it is a review of The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris. I don’t know why I picked this up, but once I read a few pages, I was hooked and knew I wanted to write a review. So here we are today!
Author: Neil Patrick Harris
Publisher: Little, Brown Books For Young Readers
Rating: 4.75 Stars
From beloved award-winning actor, Neil Patrick Harris, comes the magical first book in a new series with plenty of tricks up its sleeve.
When street magician Carter runs away, he never expects to find friends and magic in a sleepy New England town. But like any good trick, things change instantly as greedy B.B. Bosso and his crew of crooked carnies arrive to steal anything and everything they can get their sticky fingers on.
After a fateful encounter with the local purveyor of illusion, Dante Vernon, Carter teams up with five other like-minded kids. Together, using both teamwork and magic, they’ll set out to save the town of Mineral Wells from Bosso’s villainous clutches. These six Magic Misfits will soon discover adventure, friendship, and their own self-worth in this delightful new series. – Goodreads
This is one of the couple of MG books I’ve read, and it was so cute and whimsical and I liked it a whole lot. The childrens’ characters were very nice to read about and I liked their friendship. I also liked how diverse the children were in this. Out of the six, one was adopted, one was black, one had a not-very-nice guardian and one was in a wheelchair. I just liked how Neil Patrick Harris doesn’t shy away from topics like that.
Another thing I loved about what Neil wrote about was gay people. Leila has two dads, Mr. Vernon and The Other Mr Vernon, and it’s not shied away at all. For a Middle Grade book, it doesn’t try to hide LGBT people or try to explain what it is; it’s just there. It just is, and I think more of that should be in Middle Grade books. I also saw Neil Patrick Harris a lot in Mr Vernon, so if this becomes a movie, I bet he’ll play Mr Vernon.
Speaking of movies, I think this book could be a great movie. I saw a Goodreads question about this book and if it’s becoming a movie, and someone answered saying that they think the book was written like it could easily be adapted, and I can totally see that. I can just imagine the atmosphere of the carnival and the lights on the stage at the end, and I can of course imagine the characters. Everything is so alive in my head and I think it could be great.
I love how there were clues and magic tricks strewn about this book and I had a lot of fun trying some of the tricks and solving the riddles. If you read this book, I suggest you read it in physical form, because you need page numbers for a specific riddle at the end.
Now as you can see I gave this book 4.75 stars and not 5 stars, and that’s because this book didn’t have enough explaining. The characters would do something of their own accord and we wouldn’t have any explanation to why they would do that. I also think that they could’ve had a little more backstory in there. And one last tiny thing on the iffy train is that I don’t think a lot happened in this story. I was just expecting something more and I didn’t get it. Things just went from A to B without much filler in between. But those are extremely minor in the book and I didn’t think they needed a whole star knocked off, or even half a star.
So overall I really recommend this book and make sure to pick up the next book in the series when it comes out tomorrow (according to Goodreads)!
I hope you enjoyed this review and if you’ve read this book chat to me about it in the comments! Have a lovely day and I’ll see you all soon. Bye!