Dumbness is a Dish Best Served Cold

Dumbness is a Dish Best Served ColdDear Dumb Diary: Deluxe

By Jim Benton

I can see why students like this book: humor, fun illustrations, and ridiculous situations. In this volume of the series, Jamie states at the start that this book is about “A Big Weird Thing.” Is that weird thing the food group plates she and her friends design and try to sell? Is it the strange salad dressing they create and market? Is it the challenges of moving away, loved ones dying or nearly dying, or a parent losing a job? Or is it something else all together? Though Benton takes a long time to tell a story, he makes it entertaining enough to stick with it. Those who love the Dumb Diary series will enjoy this new addition.

Review by Teresa Edmunds, Westbrook Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★½✩ (3.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 4-8

Author Website: http://www.jimbenton.com/

Dumbness is a Dish Best Served Cold (Dear Dumb Diary: Deluxe)
By Jim Benton
Scholastic Inc.
197 pages
Release Date: June 28, 2016
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

Categories: Elem. – Fiction, Jr. High – Fiction
Tags: family finances fiction, entrepreneur fiction, friendship, honesty

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