Monday, February 6, 2012

Review: The Fourth Stall, Part II by Chris Rylander

Even better than the first!

I hear people say all the time, "There are no 'boy books'!" To them, I say, have your son read THE FOURTH STALL! Then, when your book-loving boy asks for more, give him THE FOURTH STALL, PART II. Doesn't get easier than that.
Chris Rylander pulls out all the stops in THE FOURTH STALL, PART II, the follow up to his debut book about a boy who runs a business of favors out of the fourth stall of the East Wing boys' bathroom.

Mac, Vince and the crew are back in business, and this time trouble walks into the Fourth Stall.  You know what they say, grade school girls are more dangerous than shotguns.  Enter Trixie VanParkway, sixth grader.  Mac knows she's trouble, and she wants to get a teacher off her back.  She and Mr. Kjelson have been seen arguing in the hallway, but what about?  Mac and Vince can't help but like the guy, especially since he's a Cubs fan.  Can Mac really get Mr. K fired?

In addition to Trixie's teacher problems, a new Vice Principal hell-bent on catching Mac in the act, and cleaning up the school or shutting it down.  Can Mac save his business?  Can he save the whole school?

From the very first page, Chris Rylander will have readers chuckling out loud.  He has already mastered rule #1 of writing for middle grade boys:  Grab them from the very beginning.  Done.  There were several times, I laughed out loud, and even read passages out loud to my two boys! 

I know I'm not supposed to quote from an unfinished galley, but I can't help myself.  There were so many wonderfully hilarious tidbits, like:
- "...at first I didn't pay much attention to Mr. K (that's what all the kids call him since his name is like a phonics test of bravery, complete with a man-eating, double-consonant-breathing dragon right at the start)."


"He handed me my hall pass and I headed off toward the administration offices.
   The place where happiness goes to die."

I can remember back in 2010, when I first read the blurb of THE FOURTH STALL, I knew I had to get my hands on it.  It sounded funny and smart, and something my son was going to love.  Right on the money, it was fantastic. 

 I applaud Chris Rylander for bringing us another winner for middle grade boys!

Book Extras:
Author Chris Rylander Website, Blog,
Harper Collins book page
Walden Pond Press

About the Book:
  • Reading level: Ages 8 and up
  • Hardcover: 288 pages 
  • Publisher: Walden Pond Press (February 7, 2012) 
  • Language: English 
  • ISBN-10: 0061996300 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061996306


  • About the Author:
    THE FOURTH STALL was Chris Rylander's first book for children.  He is a life-long Cubs fan (poor guy) and lives in Fargo, North Dakota with his wife and two pets.

    *Disclosure:  A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. 

    3 comments:

    Zibilee said...

    I know a couple of boys that are always asking me for reading material, and a lot of the time I am at a loss as to what to give them. I am glad to heave seen this review because now I can point them towards this series. Thanks for the incredibly fun and thoughtful review!

    bermudaonion said...

    This sounds perfect for boys that age!

    Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

    Hee hee - a part two??? I need to still read that first one!

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