Desmond Pucket Makes Monster MagicBook - 2013
Meet Desmond Pucket--master of mayhem! Will his monster-y special effects pranks get him kicked out of middle school before the class trip to Crab Shell Pier? Or will Desmond be able to keep his monster magic in check?
This is a compelling new character that kids will love!
"Tatulli's entry into the comics/fiction--hybrid market is one of the best…The target audience will snap this up and beg for more."
---Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"This is full of ghoulish fun, and fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid probably won't want to miss it."
---School Library Journal
"Desmond Pucket neatly fills a gap for our readers---it's a step more sophisticated than Diary of a Wimpy Kid but appeals to that reader. It's also so great to have a Halloween/monster/scary stuff series to offer boys that is not Goosebumps."
---Rebecca Waesch, Children's Product Manager, Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Meet Desmond Pucket---professor of frightology and master of monsters.
Someday Desmond will be famous for his special effects wizardry, but for now he's just trying to make it through sixth grade at Cloverfield Memorial Junior High, which means he needs to stay one step ahead of the school's disciplinary officer, Mr. Needles.
The only problem is Desmond just can't stop pulling pranks---like the time he attached a shrieking rubber goblin to the toilet seat in the teachers' bathroom. Mrs. Rubin screamed so loudly her wig flew off! Or the time he put giant motorized worms into the mashed potatoes in the cafeteria. Or the time Desmond and his best friend, Ricky, arranged for a three-headed ghost to crash his sister's slumber party. Rachel still hasn't forgiven him.
And now Desmond has to stay prank-free for the rest of the year, or he won't be able to go on the class trip to Crab Shell Pier, home of the Mountain Full of Monsters ride! It's going to be tough, but Desmond has to try.
This book includes a section of "Desmond's Notes": instructions for making monster magic (think scary noises, or fake blood) at home!
Harboring an ambition to become a special-effects wizard, mischievous sixth-grader Desmond Pucket raises the ire of his school's disciplinary officer with endless pranks and is warned to cease all misbehavior or be banned from a highly anticipated class trip to an amusement park.
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Desmond Pucket is a monster guru. He refers to himself as the Professor of Fright-ology, with a Masters in Monsters. His dream is to someday create the most awesome and scariest amusement park haunted house rides on the planet. Desmond loves to make his own scary monster effects, just ask his mother. He wears on her nerves, and gets himself into sticky situations. If you are wondering how this tribute to monsterland started, it was when he was seven and wasn't tall enough to ride the Mountain Full of Monsters ride at Crabshell Amusement Pier. Desmond has a chance to really do it this time, with his 6th grade class. But, there is a chance he could miss out again. At school, Desmond's monster antics are getting him into trouble on a regular basis. He put a goblin in the toilet in the teachers lounge and scared the wig off of a teacher. And then, there was the bloody cakes incident in Home Ec. Oh, and there were the giant motorized worms in the Cafetorium, which he was never really caught, but almost. At Cloverfield Junior High there is no room for shenanigans and the school has Mr. Needles, of the disciplinary office, to make sure of it. Desmond is going to have to clean up his act or be defeated by his own monsters and shenanigans, or will he?
This humorous character is great for any middle grade reader. If you have trouble getting your boys to read they will love Desmond. His story looks like a comic book but reads more like a diary, with notes and sketches to get readers right inside Desmond's head. Kids, parents and teachers should be sure to visit the website for ghoulish recipes, games and activities and teaching guides which make for a great tool in the classroom or at home.
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