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Kids Fiction 91
Inverted Atomic Drop Brainbuster!
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Ollie is in 6th grade and is small for his age. His older brother, Hollis, is in 8th, and has become increasingly hostile towards him. Both boys are very interested in the staged world of professional wrestling, especially since their mother once competed as the Brash Banshee and is now working as a ref at the local wrestling venue, Slamdown Town. Ollie hopes to be a wrestler himself one day, and hopes to attend tryouts for new wrestlers, but realizes his chances aren't good. When Hollis gives him a present of a chewed piece of gum from older wrestler Professor Pain (Ollie's favorite), something odd happens when his brother forces him to chew the gum-- he turns into an older version of himself who looks ready to rumble. Consulting Professor Pain's videos, Ollie and his friend Tamiko work to make Ollie a great wrestler, the Big Chew, who will be able to defeat his mother's nemesis, the Werewrestler. Ollie has to master a costume, the banter in the ring, and a signature move. He must also defeat enough other wrestlers that the Werewrestler will be interested in challenging him. It's not as easy job; Ollie is struggling to keep up with his school work, alienates Tamiko with his obsession over wrestling, and has to deal with the fact that the owner threatens to close Slamdown Town unless he can make more money. Will Ollie be able to not go down for the count?
Good Points
There are lots of good bits of information about staging a professional wrestling fight. Professor Pain's videos lay everything out for Ollie, but it's not that easy. The costume alone is difficult, and involves a lot of strange items from the family attic, including a pair of Ollie's grandfather's underpants that become an integral part of the costume! The banter is dissected, and Ollie tries his best to get a handle on what works best. The signature move, the Bubble Blast, is slightly illegal, but hitting his opponents with his wrestling boot with gum on it certainly is effective. Hollis and Ollie clearly have a lot invested in the sport, and eventually overcome their differences because of it.

I really enjoyed the fact that the wrestlers were split between males and females, and compete against each other without any difficulty. I am completely unfamiliar with professional wrestling, so don't know if this is true to form. It works out particularly well when a little known rule comes in to play during the Big Chew's match with Werewrestler!

Including Ollie's struggles in school, and problems with his best friend, ground this somewhat goofy fantasy with some realistic problems that many middle grade readers face. I wasn't entirely sold on the fact that one wrestling match would save Slamdown Town, but since the owner was an egomaniacal caricature, it just added a level of silliness to the story.

Readers who understand the world of professional wrestling will certainly enjoy this romp, but I can seeing being popular also with fans of Patterson's I Funny or Zach King's magic Trilogy. The energy and level of goofiness is about the same.
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