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Professional Shrink - Mac
Title: Professional Shrink
Author: Mac
Genre: Childrens
Rating: 5/5
# pages: 229
Date read: March, 2010

A DANGEROUS ESCAPED HITMAN

AN ART TEACHER WHO HAS LOST HER MIND

A NAKED MAN COVERED IN SEAWEED AND TALKING IN RHYMES

BUT WHAT DOES IT ALL HAVE TO DO WITH THE CRIMINAL MASTERMIND MR. WHO?

It's up to Anna Smudge to find out. But Anna's no ordinary eleven-year-old. She's the top shrink in Manhattan, holding therapy sessions in a cramped storage closet in the lobby of her apartment building. And hordes of nutty New Yorkers are nearly kicking down her door, desperate to schedule an appointment. But Anna's got major issues of her own: a mysterious blackmailer, a violent new patient, and more homework than a tenth grader. Oh, and she has to catch Mr. Who, the most horrendous criminal mastermind the world has ever known. Her father's life depends on it.

Teaming up with a motley crew of friends, Anna embarks on an adventure that spans the landmarks of New York City. But how do you find a man when no one has ever seen his face? Does Mr. Who even exist? And if so, who is he?

It's not often that I give a children's book 5 stars. Especially not a children's book I read for the first time at the ripe old age of 30 ;) But just once in a blue moon it's justified, and I do believe this to be one of those instances.

The book's well written - or at least well translated, since I read it in Danish. It's aimed at children, but the language isn't 'dumbed down' in any way. The characters are well described, and although not exactly likely, they make the best out of being entertaining stereotypes - especially the hit-man, who turns out to have more heart than brain.

However, the best thing about the book is the extremely original plot - the idea of an 11-year-old shrink, who in 24 hours becomes so popular that the entire of NYC's population line up to make an appointment with her is so ridiculous and far out that I couldn't not love it.

Children's books are usually best when read in the rosy light of nostalgia, but that is definitely not necessary here.

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