Victor Schmud: Total Expert is a fun, mildly bonkers series for young readers (ages 7-10) by Jim Benton, the guy who created the Franny K. Stein series. Victor plows through the world with an unfettered imagination, an unshakeable confidence, and a comes-and-goes hold on reality.
Victor causes trouble in school, battles aliens, and fends off zombies, all with his silent duck companion, who Victor insists is a chicken.
It’s fun, well-told lunacy accompanied by great cartoons.
Recommendation: If you have a kid, buy them. The art and story will reward multiple readings.