Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions


          In many stories, evil overlords have minions to help them with their evil work. In Sheila Grau’s first book, “Dr. Critchlores’s School for Minions”, the author shows us one way evil overlords may get their minions. The school is made up of humans as well as many fantasy creatures including ogres, zombies, and manticores.

A boy named Runt Higgins is a third year student at Dr. Critchlores’s School for Minions. He is a werewolf, but he is always put in the dormitory for humans. While in school, Runt had been noticing some peculiar events occurring around a certain new student. He decided to find the cause of these terrible events, and he was determined to save the school from shutting down.

“Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions” is a very fun and humorous book with some interesting illustrations. It is different from other fantasy books because of its original concept that leads to events that are very strange. Runt is a very understandable but unusual character, and his relationships with other characters make the story even more interesting.

Although this is Sheila Grau’s first book, it is well written and very entertaining. “Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions” is a good read for ages 9 through 12 and is a good story you may enjoy reading during the summer.