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Ernestine, Catastrophe Queen

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Ernestine, Catastrophe Queen

Ernestine, the main character of Merrill Wyatt’s book, ERNESTINE, CATASTROPHE QUEEN, is quite a character. She lives with her mom (Maya), her stepdad (Frank) and her step-brother (Charleston) in a huge mansion owned by the very wealthy Mrs. MacGillicuddie.

"Merrill Wyatt’s writing is lively and engaging, and is mixed with a good dose of exaggeration and a helping of tongue-in-cheek humor that young readers will delight in..."

Mrs. MacGillicuddie resides in a large portion of the first floor. The second and third floors are divided into apartments as an artist colony of sorts called the MacGillicuddie House for Retired Artists, Both Performing and Otherwise. Several elderly artists live there, all of whom are rather eccentric. Ernestine and her family occupy half of the attic, rent-free, as her parents are “supposed” to be the caretakers of the property. As it turns out, Ernestine takes on most of the responsibility for maintenance and upkeep on the house as her mom and stepdad are too busy being artists --- her mom’s a painter and her stepdad creates sculptures from junk.

In an attempt to create a zombie apocalypse (Ernestine’s a big fan and she has already written her own survival guide for one) Ernestine unwittingly uncovers a murder plot. Someone is trying to kill Mrs. MacGillicuddie. Ernestine is smart, funny, energetic, creative and she always finds a way to get things done. But, will she be able to solve the mystery and save Mrs. MacGillicuddie before it’s too late?

My only complaint about this book is the title. It makes it sound like Ernestine is prone to catastrophes, which she isn’t, at least not personally. However, she does have a knack for coming across catastrophic situations just in the nick of time. Perhaps, that is what the title is supposed to mean.

At any rate, author Merrill Wyatt’s writing is lively and engaging, and is mixed with a good dose of exaggeration and a helping of tongue-in-cheek humor that young readers will delight in (I delighted in it, as well.) You’ll be rooting for Ernestine to succeed throughout the whole story. I think we will probably be reading more of her adventures in the future --- at least I hope we will be.

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on August 20, 2018

Ernestine, Catastrophe Queen
by Merrill Wyatt