The Magic Misfits

The debut middle-grade novel from Neil Patrick Harris arrived in our December Owl Crate Jr box. I feel like Neil read a lot of the Unfortunate Events books and then thought to himself, "I can write a Middle-Grade novel too." He did, and it follows the Lemony Snicket playbook in all ways. So, if you love those books, you'll love this series as well.  

I didn't hate it or anything- it has redeeming qualities and all that. I loved the message of finding family in your friend group. We also enjoyed the magic trick instructions and the fact that we have an autographed copy. (!)

Declan (my 12yo) loved it. As in, now he's an aspiring magician. 

The orphan thing- I'm over that. It didn't lend itself to be read aloud- which is a downside for me, and it had a slow start. I almost stopped reading several times. I get the feeling that this is aimed at reluctant readers who haven't read enough to be able to predict endings. 

I would hand this to a 3rd or 4th grader with no hesitation and I am fairly certain that if it sells well, they will make a movie out of it. I would pick up the sequel just to see if it ages up as it continues.

Verdict- Borrow


The Magic Misfits By Neil Patrick Harris


Jennifer Naughton

I'm a lifelong bibliophile who happens to love children's books and who should have become a librarian. Instead I horde books in case of apocalypse or the enactment of a Fahrenheit 451 type law. My five kids accept my addiction and have learned to accept books in odd places.