Dreaming of faraway lands with fire-breathing dragons, captured princess and magical powers, Tom Parking wonders why anyone wouldn't want to be a Chosen One. To be swept away into another world where he would fulfill a mysterious prophecy and bring the land back to fame and prosperity was all he had ever wanted. The only problem is that the Chosen One alway has some major life fault. Tom Parking has none.
"I would recommend this book to anybody who wants a quick, fast-paced read with loads of sarcastic humor and a great moral at the end...I think this novel creates a great balance between funny and serious that will keep the reader engaged until the very last word."
Every night Tom comes home, watches TV, eats dinner and reads over his lines for his part in the school play. His mother rarely disciplines him, and if she does, it is only because she cares for him. His father is gone but not in a depressingly permanent way. He just lives in California. Altogether, Tom lives a normal and semi-boring life. However, when his dad shows up, after Tom’s first performance of his high school fall play, his whole life is changed in a way he never imagines possible.
Tom is declared the Chosen One of an unnamed kingdom filled with crap. Not literal crap, but all of the things that you may find in the trash at home makes up the unnamed kingdom. No matter how much Tom wants to be a Chosen One, this just isn't what he had in mind. Tom is now faced with the choice to either remain the Chosen One of this filthy, unnamed kingdom, where any real magic besides being able to produce fart-smelling air is yet to be seen, or to return to Earth and resume being a normal guy with a semi-boring life.
CRAP KINGDOM faces serious topics such as feeling as if you don’t matter and being less than others in a humorous way. Readers will laugh their way into higher self-understanding. Furthermore, I feel that Tom is incredibly relatable. He isn't some super jock or even a regular kid with some outrageous talent. Tom is a blank canvas. He has nothing special going for him even when arriving at the unnamed kingdom. Characters like this aren't shown enough in books, and I love that he is that kind of guy; it makes the book all the better.
I would recommend this book to anybody who wants a quick, fast-paced read with loads of sarcastic humor and a great moral at the end. Throughout the book I was caught chuckling to myself as well as contemplating deeper themes. From Tom arriving at the unnamed kingdom and making his decision on whether to become their Chosen One or not, I was captured. I think this novel creates a great balance between funny and serious that will keep the reader engaged until the very last word.
Reviewed by Samantha E. on April 19, 2013