Cold Cereal by Adam Rex
(The Saga)

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From author Adam Rex comes the first book in the Cold Cereal Saga—a hilarious, clever, and action-packed adventure series with an educational hook.

Scottish Play Doe—aka Scott—is used to being a little different. Sometimes he hallucinates things no one else can see. But then one of these hallucinations tries to steal Scott's backpack, and he comes face-to-face with an honest-to-goodness leprechaun named Mick who's on the run from, of all things, the Goodco Cereal Company. With the help of his friends Erno and Emily, Scott and Mick uncover Goodco's sinister plans—and take the first steps in saving the world from the evil cereal company.

Like the Artemis Fowl Series and the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series, the Cold Cereal Saga takes elements of familiar mythology—in this case, Arthurian legend and Irish folklore—and reimagines it in the modern world with a cast of relatable characters and myriad magical beings. The story is told from multiple points of view, and there are dozens of illustrations—including "commercial breaks"—and stories within the story.

Supports the Common Core State Standards


About Adam Rex

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Adam Rex is the author of many children's books, including the New York Times bestselling picture book Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, the middle-grade novel The True Meaning of Smekday, and the teen novel Fat Vampire. He currently lives in Arizona with his wife. You can visit him online at
Published February 7, 2012 by Balzer + Bray. 448 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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These and similar products enjoy a wild popularity that can be ascribed to the literal truth of the company motto: “There’s a Little Bit of Magic in Every Box!” The author tucks in portrait illustrations and hilariously odd TV-commercial storyboards, along with a hooded Secret Society, figures fr...

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When sixth-grader Scottish Play Doe—who understandably prefers to be called Scott—moves to the small town of Goodborough, N.J., a community dominated by the Goodco Cereal Company, he starts seeing imaginary creatures.

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City Book Review

Scottish (Scott for short) Play Doe is friends with Erno and Emily Utz, who are supposed to be twins.

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Common Sense Media

It's full of humor, wordplay, and mayhem that ranges from slapstick to slightly scary, including arson, creepy experiments on children, and an evil plot by cereal manufacturers bent on world domination to insert something in their product for the purpose of mind control.

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Whether you laugh at the fake cereal commercials, the wascally wabbit, or any of the other countless funny parts, you won’t be nearly as frightened to read about a cereal company looking to take over the world."

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When a lephrechaun escapes he enlists the help of Scott Play Doe to rescue the creatures and expose the cereal company's devious activities - fortifying their cereal to foster world domination.

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The Horn Book

In a zany adventure filled with Arthurian references and sly parodies of popular breakfast cereals, Scott, Erno, and Emily set out to find the connection between the megalomaniac cereal company and magical beings enslaved for their “glamour,” all the while keeping one step ahead of the Goodco goo...

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Palatine Public Library

Sixth-grader Scott and his new friends--super-smart twins Erno and Emily Utz--team up to save the world from an evil cereal company in this "magically delicious" blend of fantasy, adventure, and humor.

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