Sunday, April 21, 2013

Book Review - Loogie the Booger Genie: A Very Nasty Cold


Loogie the Booger Genie: A Very Nasty Cold (Volume 2)

By: N.E. Castle
Illustrated by: Bret Herholz & N.E. Castle
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication Date: March 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4802-1970-0
Reviewed by: Amy Lignor
Review Date: April 22, 2013

For those who missed the first in this truly funny series, this tale brings back Loogie, the Prince of Prank!

Loogie is actually Prince Loogar who, eight hundred and five years ago, was made into a genie and shoved into a bottle by a wizard. This was punishment because the Prince was a real snot, and he will only be freed from the bottle when he has done good deeds and erased his arrogance.

The problem is that while on vacation, an eight-year-old boy named Charlie Simms was investigating Garoth Castle and ended up with the small genie bottle stuck in his nose. Ever since, he has been Loogie’s ‘master’ - so to speak - and when Charlie rubs three times on his nose Loogie appears (hanging from his nostril) in order to grant Charlie wishes, play games with him, and learn how to be a true friend.

Charlie is a good boy and he actually thinks of Loogie as a pal. He wants to help him be free, but without Loogie stepping up and changing his attitude, that’s just not going to happen. In this new tale, Charlie wakes up one Saturday morning extremely sick. He feels ill and when he sneezes or his nose itches, well…let’s just say that Loogie comes out at the wrong times.

When Loogie grants the wish for Charlie to feel better, Loogie takes on the cold. Charlie calls upon Hendrick (who is the wizard that’s still alive after hundreds and hundreds of years because he made a promise to his King that he would watch over the Prince). Hendrick arrives in an ice cream truck, and Charlie wishes for the wizard to have his laboratory with him so he can cure Loogie and make him feel better. Well, you know how when you’re sick you don’t really hear things all that well? When Charlie wishes for Hendrick’s laboratory he receives a lavatory from a very sick little genie. He also receives something else…

Magic is released into Charlie’s town in the form of everything from fairies to a really angry centaur, and Charlie - along with his friends Kate and Tom - has to figure out a way to rid the town of magical creatures before the secret of Loogie is discovered. Add in a very evil genie that has suddenly appeared in Charlie’s life, and you have a huge mess on your hands that only Loogie can make right.
As with the first book, this is an extremely hysterical character that - even though he may sound a bit ‘icky’ - allows children to have a ball!

Quill Says: This series is a winner. Hopefully Loogie will be back very, very soon!

For more information on Loogie the Booger Genie: A Very Nasty Cold (Volume 2), please visit the author's website at: www.necastlebooks.com