Friday, July 8, 2011

Janitors by Tyler Whitesides

I'd like to pretend like I have an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this book...but alas, I do not.

(If you would like to read my review of this book you will find it at the end of the post in RED. Apparently not reading a book doesn't stop me from reviewing it.)

I can say that if you want to buy a book from like the nicest author in existence (no offense to my other author friends) you will want to buy this book from Tyler Whitesides.

Seriously, nicest guy.
Don't believe me?
How about some testimonials:

"Ty is a really nice guy. He's fun to tube with in the summer." -my brother.

"Tyler did a musical with me. He was really funny." -my cousin.

"Tyler played football for my team but I don't know what you want me to say about him." -my dad

"Ty is one of the most amazing percussionist I have ever heard." -my other cousin.

"Tyler Whitesides is the biggest kidney donator we have. We have saved 125 children, this year alone, from all of his kidney donations. He also donated one of his eyes to a blind kid." -my uncle the doctor

Oh my gosh! I know what you're thinking, right???
What? These are all from your family and they probably aren't even real. 
*You're so foolish! Of course my family is real!*

Where can I get one of these books?!?!

Well, you can wait until August 3rd 
or you can pre-order one for $13 on Amazon

Go check out his cool website, too.

And if you're on Twitter you should follow him because he has less friends 
than I do and he's MUCH nicer than I am.

Janitors summary 
Stolen from Amazon 
(Please don't turn me into the Amazon police, I heard that they offer you to their rainforest snake gods if you don't have a Brazilian passport.)

Have you ever fallen asleep during math class? Are you easily distracted while listening to your English teacher? Do you find yourself completely uninterested in geography? Well, it may not be your fault. The janitors at Welcher Elementary know a secret, and it s draining all the smarts out of the kids. Twelve year- old Spencer Zumbro, with the help of his classmate Daisy Gullible Gates, must fight with and against a secret, janitorial society that wields wizard-like powers. Who can Spencer and Daisy trust and how will they protect their school and possibly the world? Janitors is book 1 in a new children s fantasy series by debut novelist Tyler Whitesides. You ll never look at a mop the same way again. 

(I've never read this) Book Review

I found this book to hit on a lot of existential problems that exist in the public school system but in a humorous way. The witty banter between The Teachers Union and the Janitors keeps you coming back for more. I am glad that someone finally acknowledged the fact that the powdered soap in Elementary bathrooms is really just pink sand. The funniest part was when we found out that Welcher Elementary was owned by the grape juice family and they just added the -er so that the IRS couldn't track them down. It was a riot!
If it had one weakness I would say that it needed more pictures. Especially of the School District Superintendent. She intrigued me but I was having a hard time envisioning her. When I visited the local one, out of curiosity, I was somewhat disappointed. I was hoping she looked more like the picture below.  Somebody pay Brandon Dorman more, please.


  1. I'm so excited to read this one! He really is SO nice. I met him at Storymakers and went to his class. He was awesome! And you are hilarious! Ha ha! :)

  2. My 10 year old son went to school with Tyler's niece and he gave their class an ARC to read aloud. My son LOVED it. I asks me all the time if it is out yet so he can buy it--with his own money. That is the highest praise around.

    I'm amazed at how small the writing community is :)

  3. I'm going to start reading it this weekend. I'm only telling you to rub it in a little bit. I'll tell you how awesome it is when I'm done. :)

  4. You're funny!!!
    Now I want an ARC of this... like so bad... see what you did to me?

  5. So, Shelly, where were you at Storymakers when Tyler was handing out 100 free copies?
    :P :P :P :P :PPPPPP

  6. i love the cover!
    and the book sounds outstanding!
    i will have to order one, thanks =)

  7. Hi Shelly! You stopped by my blog when I was writing from grad school and I don't think I ever got back to you. Call it brain fry.

    Anyhoo - I'm here now and you are HILARIOUS!! This is possibly the best book review I've ever read!

    Now hoping the book is just as great! :)

  8. Sounds like a fun book, but I love your review! Because you know, having not read the book, you have a completely objective view of it. :P

  9. Hilarious! You are a funny, funny lady! And I agree about Tyler being the nicest guy. (I went to his class at Storymakers)

  10. That sounds fabulous, I so want it!

  11. Thanks for the great post, Shelly! It's funny that so many of your relatives know me. I'm excited to share the book with everyone. Hope you all enjoy it!


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