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The Giggler treatment
Doyle, Roddy, 1958-
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Publication Information:
New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A talking dog, the Mack children and the small elf-like Gigglers themselves must try to stop the prank that the Gigglers have mistakenly set in motion to punish Mr. Mack for being mean to his children.
Reading Level:
500 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 3.7 1.0 43749.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.5 4 Quiz: 21613 Guided reading level: O.
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A talking dog, the Mack children, and the small elf-like Gigglers themselves must try to stop the prank that the Gigglers have mistakenly set in motion to punish Mr. Mack for being mean to his children.

Author Notes

Roddy Doyle is the author of five previous novels, including a Booker Prize nominee, The Van, and a Booker Prize winning international bestseller Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. He has also written several screenplays, most recently When Brendan Met Trudy. His first children's book, The Giggler Treatment, will be published in September by Scholastic. He lives in Dublin.

(Publisher Provided) Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin on May 8, 1958, and grew up in Kilbarrack, Ireland. Doyle graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from University College Dublin. He spent several years as an English and geography teacher before becoming a full-time writer in 1993. His personal notes and work books reside at the National Library of Ireland. Doyle's first three novels, The Commitments (1987), The Snapper (1990) and The Van (1991) comprise The Barrytown Trilogy, a trilogy centred around the Rabbitte family. All three novels were made into successful films. In 1993, Doyle published Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, winner of the 1993 Man Booker Prize.

Doyle is the author of ten novels for adults, seven books for children, seven plays and screenplays, and dozens of short stories. His work is set primarily in Ireland, especially working-class Dublin, and is notable for its heavy use of dialogue written in slang and Irish English dialect.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Mister Mack is about to step in "dog poo" at the outset of this "robustly silly romp served up with a generous helping of Irish cheek," said PW. "Displaying a gleefully sadistic sense of timing, Doyle draws out the suspense to outrageous lengths." All ages. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-The award-winning adult novelist offers a delightfully funny and gross book that should appeal to the many fans of Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants" series (Scholastic). Gigglers are furry little creatures that punish adults who treat children badly by placing "dog poo" in their path. The action of this story actually takes place in less than a minute, as a cookie taster named Mister Mack heads for the poo planted by some well-meaning Gigglers. The misunderstood victim, however, doesn't really deserve the Treatment, so his children, his wife, one Giggler, and the dog that produced the poo rush frantically to prevent the disaster. Doyle's narrative jumps back and forth and includes many amusing diversions, including a history of Gigglers, secret information about dogs, and several appearances of talking cream crackers. Ridiculous chapter titles and a funny glossary of such Irish terms as "doing rudies" and "mind the poo" add to the humor. The plot gets a little too bizarre when Rover the dog takes a "shortcut" through Egypt and France, but even this nonsensical segment includes some funny bits. The comical pen-and-ink cartoons will bring additional giggles. The presence of dog poo as a major element will be enough to draw some readers, but the imaginative narrative and clever plotting make this more than just another silly read.-Steven Engelfried, Deschutes County Library, Bend, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.