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Dr. Critchlore's School for Minions

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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  277 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Welcome to Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions, the premier trainer of minions for Evil Overlords everywhere. No student is prouder to be at Dr. Critchlore’s than Runt Higgins, a twelve-year-old werewolf. (At least he thinks he’s twelve. He was abandoned at the school as a baby, so he can’t say for sure.) Runt loves everything about Dr. Critchlore’s. He loves his classes—l ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 17th 2015 by Harry N. Abrams (first published January 1st 2015)
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Alysa H. I was a winner in the Feb 2015 giveaway. By April, I still hadn't received my copy so I sent a couple of private messages to Abrams Books (who ran the…moreI was a winner in the Feb 2015 giveaway. By April, I still hadn't received my copy so I sent a couple of private messages to Abrams Books (who ran the giveaway). They claimed to have tried sending it 2 times already, but asked me to verify my mailing address via email (not on Goodreads). I did that, and then quickly received my copy.

I've won lots of First Reads giveaways before and never had this problem, so maybe there's something wrong with the way the Abrams mailroom was inputting addresses from the Goodreads records? Anyway, I got my copy in the end, and I'm reading it now!(less)

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May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg-fiction
This book is full of wacky, funny, gross-out fun AND an enormous amount of real heart, and I loved it. Runt Higgins is a non-morphing werewolf who was left as a baby at Dr. Critchlore's School for Minions for his own protection. Now - in hopes of finding his parents again - he's trying out for the elite Junior Henchman training program, with the help of his wonderful group of friends, including Frankie, a Frankenstein-style created boy whose head pops off when he gets too upset, Syke the hamadry ...more
Mar 27, 2015 rated it liked it
I should be spitting out venom about this book, I really should... It's a miracle I'm not, and mark my words, everyone, the writer is lucky to have pulled it off when she did. Which goes to show that she actually has talent on her side - now, if only she could do something about her pace...

The story is about a young werewolf, who, for some reason, cannot morph. Higgins is now in his third year at Dr. Critchlore's School for Minions - a school that trains minions for Evil Overlords - and is a Jun
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Stuff I Read - Dr. Critchlore's School for Minions by Sheila Grau Review

So I might be a sucker for middle grade books with supernatural elements in them. It started with Goosebumps for me, and as those were the books that taught me how to read, I will likely always have a place in my heart for books that feature monsters and kids and crazy situations. So when I saw this book I was instantly interested. It looked decent, and judging from the cover wasn't made up of solely white kids, so I picked
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
My review:
I love when I can endorse a book that is truly magical, fun and entertaining! This novel is one any middle grader would love to read alone or it would make the most amazing read together book. There is fun galore, shenanigans and characters that are such a delight. I recommend this book for any and all adventure fantasy lovers!!! 4 stars

Booknerd Boy review:
1. When you started this series what were your initial thoughts?
I was captured right away. It was something new and interesting. It
Krista Dolzer
A zany romp through minion school with a sweet main character. Runt may be (extremely) gullible, but he's also one of the nicest kids I've ever encountered in children's literature.
Review originally posted at Reading Lark:

Witches and wizards have their own schools. Heroes and sidekicks have their own schools. Shoot, even evil overlords have their own schools. Sheila Grau’s book, Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions, finally evens the playing field for minions and henchmen (or is that henchpersons?). The story opens at the beginning of Runt Higgins’s third year at minion school and follows the standard genre formula of students negoti
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed

Runt Higgins knows that bad things happen in threes, unless you're cursed then bad things just keep happening over and over. Runt is pretty sure that he's cursed cause bad things just keep happening so far during his junior year at Dr. Critchlore's School for Minions. Bad thing #1 is that for the third year in a row he's been put into the wrong dormitory, the human dormitory, even though deep inside he's a vicious werewolf. The problem with being a vicious werewolf deep inside is that on
Sharon Tyler
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Dr. Critchlores School for Minions is a middle grade novel written by Sheila Grau and illustrated by Joe Sutphin. It is the first book in a new series. The main character is Runt, a werewolf stuck in the human minion dorm and with a habit of being a little too nice. In his efforts to be the best Junior henchman ever he uncovers a plot to sabotage his boarding school. Oh, did I forget to mention that he attends the world's finest training program for aspiring minions to Evil Overlords? There are ...more
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-books
Trouble Abounds!

I just finished reading Dr. Critchlore's School for Minions, by Sheila Grau. I received an ARC of this book at the ALA Midwest Conference. I am so glad I got a copy of this book. It was definitely a fun read! Runt Higgins, the main character, is a third year minion-in-training at Dr. Critchlore's School for Minions. Creatures ranging from tiny Imps to gigantic Ogres attend this school in the hopes of becoming a minion someday for an Evil Overlord.

The school year starts out rather
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, j, humor, not-graphic
With great power comes the responsibility to have great minions.

A funny story that was a lot less silly than it might have been, with a nice balance of humor, mystery, action, suspense, and character. With even a few touches of hard realism about interpersonal relationships and social advancement (A henchman is rewarded handsomely for letting his boss take credit for his work).

Runt Higgins is a third year student at the preeminent boarding school for minions he's lived at since infancy. A werewo
Gordon Jack
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions and so did my 12-year-old son who is a very reluctant reader. Sheila Grau is an incredibly funny writer and she tells an exciting story about a boy trying to save his school from ruin. The book creates a wonderful world of mini monsters training to be minions for the dark overlords who rule the world, but at its heart it’s a story about a boy who just wants to fit in. Runt Higgins is a great main character, wonderfully naïve with big ambitions. His que ...more
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Dr. Critchlore's School for Minions by Sheila Grau
(Release date April)

Think Harry Potter, but instead of being trained in the art of witchcraft the students are trained to become Minions, then add werewolves, mummies, zombies, a whole lot of other monsters, and a few humans to the mix.

Wonderful story! Action, suspense, a couple of mysteries, sabotage, and some general mischief. My only issue with this book was that it wasn't written for an older group; if it had, more people, including adults wo
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Crithclore School for Minions is a lot of fun. It is targeted to middle grade kids but the many subtleties it includes makes it a good read for adults that are up for a light hearted read. Not only is it very imaginative and funny, but it includes valuable life lessons that readers of any age will appreciate
Laurel Gale
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd been wanting to read this one for a while, so I was excited to get my hands on an ARC. It was as fun as I'd hoped! Sheila Grau didn't just create a magical school; she created a fantastically rich world. Runt, the main character, is super sweet. I loved reading his interpretations of things, especially his take on classic fairy tales and the lessons we should learn from them. So much fun!
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fearless-15ers
A fun, funny read filled with quirky, lovable characters. I adored Runt and all of his somewhat misfit friends, and enjoyed reading about the many problems Runt must overcome as he worries about finding his real family, turning into a werewolf, saving Dr. Critchlore and his school, and either outwitting or avoiding those out to foil his plans. An easy sell to any middle-grade reader!
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Critchlore's School for Minions is a ton of fun. It takes the school-for-magical-beings trope and spins it in a very funny way. The world building is excellent. The main character is very sympathetic, the plot twists will delight MG readers. I can't wait for more from Sheila Grau!
Gail Nall
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, middle-grade, 15ers
This book is full of some crazy-amazing world-building. Every single character stands out, and I especially loved that Runt, the main character, wasn't the most gifted guy around. It's funny, exciting, and just a good read.
Mz. Diana Gagliardi
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
We enter the School for Minions in Runt's 3rd year- he is a minion-in-training at the school that took him in as a toddler, abandoned at the door and raised by Cook as part of her family.

Think of lands sort of like Pratchett- many kingdoms with their EOs (Evil Overlords) all needing their Igors. It's like that, but with MANY more options for minions and henchmen! In fact, Runt has been placed in the Henchman in Training program!! But, due to administrative issues, they will have to compete for t
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A most excellent book! It has all sorts of creepy and sometimes gross stuff in it. There's werewolves, skeletons, zombies and lots of other minions to be. This book has lots of funny quirky parts too. For example, in order to get the zombies to follow directions, the main character must use a whiny voice.
The illustrator's drawing style fits the story well. I must admit...shh don't tell anyone...that I bought the book because of the illustrations. I'll be checking out Joe Sutphin's other illustra
David Filkins
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a really great book. I loved the theme of this book. The theme was about monsters. The book is mainly about how a boy named Runt Higgins goes on adventure to become a henchmen. Along the way he faces many challenges and gets in some trouble. This is definitely a good book and I think others would enjoy reading it.
Kasey Thacker
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was just what I was wanting: A fun quick read that also didn't have any annoying kid book plot shortcuts (such as plot points not making any logical sense). It was also very surprisingly witty. I wasn't expecting to get so many chuckles out of this. The main character is such a nice person to the point that sometimes it becomes hilarious. I'm definitely reading the next one in the series.
Nov 24, 2016 rated it liked it
If I was younger, this would have gotten a higher rating. As it was, I'm an old gal reading a middle grade book. But it was delightful. Most of the way through the book I kept thinking "this is the only one I'll read in this series". Then the ending happened. And now I want to know what happens next. So I guess I'll keep on some point.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
enjoyed the world and the characters
but the main character was, odd.
And The reason I thought he acted so
strangely didn't pan out.
He was just a bland idiot with
flashes of interesting behavior
The supporting cast was worth the read though.
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I thought the the book, the descriptions, and the writing was amazing; an overall great story. I hope that you will highly enjoy this book as I did. It absolutely deserves five stars, hands down.😁
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Entertaining, fun, and full of heart!!
Victor Vilchiz
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young, children
Read this to my son... pretty good but well have i mentioned i hate cliffhangers?
Galion Public Library Teens
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Review by T.R.: "It was good. It was kind of funny."
Pop Bop
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
An Engaging and Well-Conceived School Adventure/Mystery, With Monsters

There are lots of interesting things going on in this book. Don't confuse these minions with "Despicable Me" minions. Dr. Critchlore's School is for training up top-drawer henchmen for Evil Overlords, and so is filled with every kind of monster, ogre, creature and evil spawn you can imagine. Except, of course, they're all just cheerfully decent sorts who are following a non-traditional career path.

With this kind of book, it se
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions produces the best minions in the world and any good Evil Overlord wants the best minions he or she can get. Runt Higgins, a young werewolf left at the school as a baby by his family, loves his home; foster family; and friends. Runt has managed to get a place in the Junior Henchman Program and hopes one day to become a great henchman and find his missing pack. But then strange, explosive things begin to happen and it seems someone is out to destroy the school a ...more
Becky B
Runt is excited for the new school year at Dr. Critchlore's School for Minions. He's finally in the Junior Henchman Training Program, and on his way to minion stardom. But the school year does not get off to a good start. There's a video circulating showing Critchlore graduates being scared off by some Girl Explorers, a new kid seems to have it in for Runt, Dr Critchlore evidently put 27 kids in the Henchman Training Program and there's only room for 5, and Dr Critchlore himself seems to be acti ...more
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