Dodger and Me by Jordan Sonnenblick
Willie is feeling dejected because his only friend has moved away. If that wasn't enough, Willie was the last one up at bat when his baseball team lost the game. He has no permissiion to cut through the woods on the way home from school, but he does so anyway. As luck would have it, he finds a chimpanzee. Would you believe that it is a genie? Would you believe that it is blue? Would you believe that it is only visible to Willie?
Willie needs help quickly because the last game will be coming soon. He wants to practice seriously all week. He has to contend with his over-protective mother. He also has to put up with Lizzie from school who always yells out his name at the games. How terrible! Dodger, the chimpanzee, tries to help. Dodger is actually an acronym (Deputy On-call Dispatch Genie, Emergency Reserve). The predicaments that Dodger gets Willie into are so funny. Willie does get three wishes. Will I tell you what they are? I don't think so.
The best part of the book is the humor. Boys of the age eight to twelve should especially like this fast, funny read. You will be amazed that a teacher wrote this book. He knows how kids talk and feel. I hope you have patience, because the sequel isn't ready until 2009. The name of the book will be Dodger for President!