Weird, unique, odd, but enjoyable. Auggie is a great kid whose parents run an off-brand amusement park in the American southwest. He and his best friend bonded back in elementary school over both being picked on by the same relentless bullies. He thinks there might be a werewolf in the woods around the park. This story is funny, sadder than you expect, and a bit all over the place.
The physical set up of the book is great. A side story is that Auggie has failed a class the previous semester, and the book is full of his ideas for the creative make-up project he must do. Smith excels at bringing them to life with his illustrations.
I know a few 10 -12 years olds who might like to read this, but I don’t think it will become anyone’s favorite book of all time.