Blue has a unique condition, she can't laugh. Her absent father and self-absorbed mother can't figure out what to do with her. Her friends no longer want to play with her. And Blue herself is starting to believe she will never laugh again. Enter the charismatic Dr. Boogaloo and his music-loving, boho wife Bessie. Through the magic of music, Blue find her laughter and the family she's never had. Dr. Boogaloo and The Girl Who Lost Her Laughter is at once a hilarious and heartfelt middle grade novel that entrances the reader. It's also an ode to music and an encyclopedia of musical instruments. With vibrant use of language and perfect pacing, Lisa Nicol brings young readers into the fantastical world of Dr. Boogaloo's School of Musical Cures -- think bikes that soar, cinemas with grass on the floor and whales that sing the blues. It's like nothing you've read before. I so enjoyed this book that I have since sent a copy to every young person I know. I read it to my six year old who still walks around the house shaking his 'mabungo'. It's simply an excellent story that will bring you to tears both from humor and from sadness. Written for middle graders, enjoyable by anyone.