Writer-illustrator MICHAEL REX has made his mark on the kids book industry with picture book parodies like Goodnight Goon and The Runaway Mummy, graphic novels like Fangbone! Third-Grade Barbarian, and with an appearance on Donald Trump's The Celebrity Apprentice.
Gr 2-4-Icky Ricky is a wild little boy, although he has a good heart in that he looks out for a bully's little sister. The author has created ridiculous scenarios; it is okay if Ricky wastes food or puts ketchup and peanut butter on the ceiling. This early chapter book has a lot of destruction and not much substance. It probably won't appeal even to the crowd attracted to slime and dirt as Rex's goal seems to have been merely to fit in as many gross references as possible. Each page has a black-and-white cartoon illustration. Louis Sachar's Sideways Stories from Wayside School (HarperCollins, 1998) is a better option.-Elizabeth Swistock, Orange County Public Library, VA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.