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Cold Cereal (The Cold Cereal Saga #1)

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Cold Cereal Facts Serving size 1 chapter Number of servings 40
Primary human characters 3
Scottish Play Doe, aka Scottpossible changeling Erno Utz genius Emily Utz supergenius Magical creatures at least 3
Mick Leprechaun (or Clurichaun)
Harvey Pooka (rabbit-man)
Biggs indeterminate origin (hairy, large)
Evil organizations 1
Goodco Cereal CompanyPurveyor of breakfast foods aspirin
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
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Apr 23, 2012 Raina rated it liked it
Shelves: j, funny, faeries
Oh, Adam Rex. You are so cool, I can't really stand it.

In the prologue of this book, a series of people are passing by a pet carrier in an airport...
"A woman with a tight ponytail that hoisted her face into a permanent, painted grin bent in front of the cage.
'Aw, hewwo, widdle Chihuahua,' she said. 'Hewwo.' Then she rose to go wherever it is people like that come from."

Seriously. I love this man. I want all his tshirts.

That said...
There is A LOT going on in this book. Junk Food Factory,
Feb 06, 2012 Aeicha rated it it was amazing
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Magical creatures (leprechauns, rabbit-men, fay, a might be bigfoot), clever young characters, wicked baddies, and an action packed, wildly fun and funny story…Cold Cereal by Adam Rex has everything you could ever want in an MG fantasy…and a heck of a lot that you never even knew you wanted!

Scottish Play Doe—aka Scott—is used to being a little different, and not just because of his name. Sometimes he hallucinates thing
Jan 22, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
This book had me until the very end - the satirical look at breakfast cereals (who wouldn't want to try Burlap Crisp or KoKo Lumps?), the unicat, Harvey the semi-invisible rabbit-man were all fun and a little charming. I got the joke about Sir Reggie Dwight being John Doe. The idea that Emily and Erno had a strange (ok, bizarre) home life, that Scott saw strange things, that Goodco was, well, evil? All well and good.

The setting is New Jersey and Goodco is a multi-national cereal company that als
Cathe Olson
Feb 11, 2012 Cathe Olson rated it liked it
I wanted to love this book . . . I really did. The premise of an evil cereal manufacturer stealing the magic of leprechauns, rabbits, and vampires to make its cereals so addicting is genius. But I just couldn't get into this book. It seemed like there was just one crazy thing happening after another and one crazy creature being introduced after another . . . many from completely out of nowhere. It kind of reminded me of the bedtime stories I made up for my kids when they were younger . . .adding ...more
Aug 27, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
This book has everything: non-stop action, a host of interesting and well-developed characters, complex and creative world-building, tons of humor but many touching parts as well, and charming illustrations. Also, a unicat.
Jan 20, 2015 Katie rated it it was amazing
Yet another fabulous audio book penned by Adam Rex. At this rate, I'm not sure I would enjoy reading the physical book as much on my own as hearing them read in such fabulous voices. This was a different narrator than "The True Meaning of Shmeckday", but the range was equally as impressive! The story had an excellent blend of characters, contemporary culture, mythology and advertising/consumption as a means to take over the world. A truly enjoyable read/listen, the only pro AND con was realizing ...more
Feb 05, 2013 Heidi rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Grades 4th-7th
Scott, whose real name is Scottish Play Doe, has recently moved to Goodborough, New Jersey due to his mother’s new job at Goodco Cereal Company. Scott, who sometimes experiences hallucinations before getting migraines, begins to see some unusually strange, imaginary creatures such as a man with a rabbit head, a unicat (a cat with a single spiraling horn in the center of its forehead), and a leprechaun named Mick.

Mick informs Scott that Goodco has been kidnapping magical creatures for their magic
Jun 12, 2012 Liviania rated it really liked it
I loved Adam Rex's first foray into middle grade books, the award-winning THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY. COLD CEREAL, unlike SMEKDAY, doesn't begin with an alien invasion and thus takes a bit longer to get off the ground. Instead, we're introduced to the Cold Cereal Trilogy's rather large ensemble which includes Erno and Emily Utz, twins who look nothing alike and live with their foster father and giant nanny, and Scottish Play Doe, the new kid in school who sees strange things. One of those thing ...more
Mar 11, 2012 Jessikah rated it really liked it
Have you ever picked up a book on a sheer whim? Maybe it wasn't a whim exactly which led me to read, "Cold Cereal" but the book's odd brand of whimsy radiated from the moment I laid eyes on the cover.

In a plot that might delight fans of Terry Pratchet, Lemony Snicket and Monty Python, a clash of fairies, knights and breakfast cereals come together in a hodgepodge of humor and adventure that makes up the first in what appears to be a new series.

Scottish Play Doe (Scott) is the son of a movie sta
Jun 02, 2013 Deborah rated it really liked it
Ever wonder what really is in your kids' cereal? Goodco Cereal Company claims "There's a little bit of magic in every box." Of course, most consumers don't realize that there is truth to this statement and that Goodco has an agenda for children all over the world. Scott's mom works for Goodco and the family moves to Goodborough, NJ where the Goodco headquarters is. He meets Erno and Emily Utz, a set of twins his age, who are geniuses. The kids soon find out that Goodco is experimenting on childr ...more
S. I. Wakely
Mar 11, 2016 S. I. Wakely rated it it was amazing
I read "Cold Cereal" after immensely enjoying "The True Meaning of Smekday" series and found Adam Rex had stayed true to form: it was a well-crafted and hilariously fun book. I can't wait to read the rest of the series! Keep it up, Adam Rex!
Toužila jsem, aby se mi ta kniha líbila. A jistým způsobem se mi i líbila. Byla tady spousta skvělých nápadů a nadpřirozených bytostí k zbožňování. Ale nemohla jsem se pořádně začíst, moc mě nezajímalo, co se bude dít dál a myslím, že si za pár měsíců nevzpomenu, o čem to vůbec bylo. Nicméně za kočkorožce dávám 3* :)
I think I need to read this book as opposed to listening to the audiobook. Where Adam Rex's humor shines in The True Meaning of Smekday, I wasn't quite feeling it as much in Cold Cereal. I think part of that had to do with the audiobook narrator's deadpan expression throughout the entire story. The only time he used any sort of expression in his voice was when he was doing character voices and even then, his voice for Emily and Polly were pretty much identical. Even at the height of tension and ...more
Listen, this book is kind of cracked out. It's cracked out in a way I ultimately enjoyed, but there were times in this book where I was like "why am I still READING this?". Then Adam Rex would pull me back in and I would look at the clock and realize I had been reading a long time. Still, it's a hard book to booktalk and a hard book to sell if you give too much information.

Also, I don't think this is going to be a series so HOLY LOOSE ENDS, BATMAN. I feel like hardly anything got resolved at th
Apr 25, 2012 Kathy rated it liked it
This one is edging into 3.5 or 4 star territory, but I have to reserve that until I read the sequel. And, yes, there WILL be a sequel. This book ends fairly well, you are not left dangling off the cliff, but there's a lot more story available. And I did laugh. You can't help it.

The Goode and Harmliss Cereal Company, (now known as Goodco, "There's a little bit of Magic in every box") has found a way of trapping magical creatures and draining their magical powers to use for evil purposes. I really
Aug 16, 2015 Nathaniel rated it really liked it
Great book! Tells how the cereal company, Goodco, could be doing bad things for the Fay, a magical group of animals, such as leprechauns, unicorns, and many more.
Penny McGill
Feb 09, 2015 Penny McGill rated it liked it
Shelves: for-kids
I'm sad to say that I really did not love this book. I thought it was very interesting, that the children formed some fantastic friendships, and the blend of fairies and unusual creatures made for something different than I had read before but (this is the sad part) those elements didn't really work together in a way that made sense. I think that Adam Rex has an imagination that is out of this world and SmekDay is my very favourite book for young readers and old readers but this one didn't ring ...more
May 27, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it
I think the problem is that I enjoyed Rex's The True Meaning of Smekday and his website and author appearance so much that I've been afraid my expectations would be too high for any of his other books to measure up, so I've delayed reading this for quite a while. It turns out I shouldn't have worried. While Cold Cereal may not be quite to Smekday's level of excellence, it is certainly full of Rex's signature humor and inventiveness and turns of phrase. I was highly, continuously entertained an ...more
Mar 21, 2016 Tehyariley rated it really liked it
Spoilers, etc. You've been warned.

If you take a scroll down the reviews Cold Cereal has, you'll see two recurring themes, both of which are the biggest pros and cons of the book:

1. The entirely charming characters and humor, and
2. The pile of confusion called the "plot"

Rex's humor is very dry and intentional, in a way that reminds you of J.K. Rowling and other adult authors, wherein the character delivers the punch line and is certainly not laughing, but the reader finds herself/himself rolling
Josh Newhouse
Jun 11, 2012 Josh Newhouse rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-13-read

a good read, creative, but at times painfully slow... pratchettesque... but would have been better paired down slightly... not sure if students will enjoy or not...

very odd book... quiet enjoyable overall to me, but with I think a small if fun audience... would make a good Terry Gilliam movie...
Jun 27, 2014 Karen rated it liked it
I loved The True Meaning of Smekday, and this one had a lot of the same humor and fun characters. It just had a little too much going on in it to get really rolling until the very end, when I didn't want to put it down. Maybe some better pacing or planning would've brought this to a 4 star read for me.
Mar 20, 2014 Zoegrace1 rated it really liked it
...Wow... These reviews are intimidating, they're so mature...

This is a great book. The description is well done, the characters are great, location, etcetera.

I'm going to try and not rave about the book entirely, so here's a downside.

Sometimes the plot can get somewhat confusing, and I'm pretty sure it's just me, but I swear the plot got slightly inconsistent in some places.

I found that Erno and Emily were more interesting than Scott.

The Freemen cult was hilarious for me, and the part where the
Je první díl Cereální ságy Křup! právě tak bláznivý a senzační jak se tváří?
Jul 29, 2016 Twum rated it really liked it
A tad whimsical, but I guess that's what Adam Rex was going for.
If you don't mind a bit of the zany, Cold Cereal can be quite the amusing short read.

The book works all on intrigue with little to no suspense: You'll probably keep reading because you just want to understand this cuckoo world Rex is cooking up, but you never really feel any anxiety over the fate of any characters and you expect everyone to be just fine in the end.
I found that scene locations moved around quite a bit in this book an
Addison Children
Feb 12, 2014 Addison Children rated it really liked it
Shelves: chapter-books
I love Adam Rex. I did not think this was quite as good as "The True Meaning of Smekday." This time he takes on the processed cereal industry and the Freemasons, with humorous and insightful outcomes. Scott is new to the town of Goodborough when everything is run by the Goodco Cereal Company. On Scott's first day of school, his class tours the factory and Scott meets a Leprechaun (or was it a Clurichaun?). From there the secrets of big business and processed foods that are magically delicious ar ...more
Meagan Houle
Sep 18, 2016 Meagan Houle rated it liked it
This book is frequently compared to the Artemis Fowl series, and with good reason. (Even Colfer reviewed it, and liked it.) It has all the things an adventure story should have: brilliantly intelligent protagonists (even the one with no artificial enhancements), an evil corporation, and a contingent of magical creatures. It's contemporary fantasy at its most entertaining: witty, suspenseful, and fundamentally good-natured. If you liked Artemis Fowl, you should like this one, too. I'm eager to in ...more
Sarah Briel
A crazy, one of a kind book filled with a unicat, leprechaun, super-genius, regular-genius, bigfoot, an evil cereal company, and so many other amazing things? Yes, please!
Before reading Cold Cereal by the recommendation of my older sister, I had read the Smekday books and found them hilarious and brilliant. If you enjoyed those this is well worth a look into. Be warned, after beginning the awesomeness you shall never be able to return to the normal world.

I've heard some people say there was a l
Jonathan Funk
Dec 17, 2015 Jonathan Funk rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
This was a novel reading experience on at LEAST 3 levels. At first the premise (cereal company with ambitions towards world domination) seems too impish to merit consideration, but one learns quickly that this book takes itself VERY seriously within it's own (silly) context. For instance, how can you have such delightfully readable prose about a (somewhat) socially adjusted bigfoot who shaves himself daily in order to blend with human society? The juxtaposition between the writing style and cont ...more
This is an odd and really original book. I definitely would've read this as a kid. Whether I would've understood all the jokes and references is another thing. I was a pretty trivia-savvy young'un, but there's a LOT of references in here that I'm not sure I would've understood (the Elton John character who's stage name is E.J.'s real name? Well, maybe...but I thought that was kind of a weird touch.) The secret-society-who-aren't-the-Masons-but-basically-are? I would've understood the plot but no ...more
Joannemarie O'Donnell
Scott Doe and his sister, Polly move with their mother, to Goodborough, New Jersey, home of Goodco Cereals. His father is famous, but not in the picture. Scott (short for Scottish Play Doe. You really need to read the book for the awesome story behind his name.)

Scott starts school and befriends Erno and Emily Utz, whose foster father works for Goodco. They have a seven foot extremely protective nanny and undergo an awful lot of bizarre testing. They also seem to come with their home. The foster
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Adam Rex grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, the middle of three children. He was neither the smart one (older brother) or the cute one (younger sister), but he was the one who could draw. He took a lot of art classes as a kid, trying to learn to draw better, and started painting when he was 11. And later in life he was drawn down to Tucson in order to hone his skills, get a BFA from the University of Ar ...more
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