The first time I read this book it was technically read to me. But I was in 8th grade. I had the coolest teacher. That's why he read us possibly one of the best children's books ever conceived.
I had been subconsciously looking for a copy of it for years when it jumped out at me at the library while I was looking for a book for my little sister. And I kind of shrieked at my other sister something along the lines of: "IT'S FREAK THE MIGHTY!!" pulls violently off shelf, realises everyone is giving me a disapproving look "It's Freak The Mighty though. Do you understand how long I've been looking for this? Possibly longer than you've been alive. Not really, but it feels like that long."
So I checked it out and finished it way too quickly (because like I said, it's a short book, a children's book. Here's me not caring. C.S. Lewis has a great quote about it. I'll put it at the end of the post)
It's about Max who's brain doesn't quite measure up to the size of his massive body and Kevin (AKA Freak) whose stunted growth can't keep up with his huge vocabulary and imagination. Max carries Freak around on his shoulders during their many adventures over the summer and into the school year. The story is innovative, entertaining, funny and ultimately heartbreaking. It's never cliche and definitely never boring.
I don't care if you read this to your children, or by yourself at midnight (which is what I did because I don't have children) but just read it. You won't regret it.