Anna Smudge: Professional Shrink (Review)

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Title: Anna Smudge: Professional Shrink
Publisher: Toasted Coconut Media
Writer: MAC
Artist: Glenn Fabry
Price: $ 9.99 US
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Comments: Anna Smudge is an eleven-year-old who happens to be involved with Mr. Who the newest crime boss in Manhattan. Anna is a shrink and she has decided to help capture this new crime boss if he truely exists. From the start Anna is presented yes as a young girl but also one with a attitude of serious professionalism. Her mind is always working.
Greg Horn does the cover art here and Anna is illustrated as a cute smart girl. You can see the intelligence in her eyes.

The style of writing immediately draws you in. Once you start reading you will not want to put this book down. The young star of this book Anna comes across easily as a very lovable person. Her competence is brought across by the characters surrounding her.
Not since Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys or Encyclopedia Brown has a young detective so captivated her audience.
The interier art is eye catching. Even in black and white it jumps out at you. The characters are drawn with an off beat look that has a weird style.
The story has its funny and entertaining moments. It is definitely amusing. The story though also has a serious note. Bullying can be a problem in school. Children, tweens, teens and even adults should not have to suffer this. It is degrading.
Mr. Who is a mysterious figure he stays hidden while running his criminal activities. Everyone who comes in contact with him fears him. His presence is not seen but it certainly is felt.
The mix of school life and criminal activity is blended smoothly together.
Anna is such a sweet and adorable girl. All her friends are so interesting. You cannot help but be drawn into Anna's life.
The suspense and tenion build as we race towards the ending. Surprises await you within this book.
The basic story though is about friendship and family. It has lots of excitement and at times is fast paced. But it is the basic characters who will steal your heart away and one little girl in particular.

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