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Fat camp commandos go West
Pinkwater, Daniel Manus, 1941-
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, 2002.
Physical Description:
89 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
After Ralph and Sylvia Nebula flee a fat camp ashram to join their friend Mavis at a dude ranch, they help her unite the Western town's factions by preparing for the arrival of an unidentified flying object.
General Note:
Sequel to: Fat camp commandos.
Reading Level:
710 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.4 1.0 62753.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.8 4 Quiz: 28364 Guided reading level: O.
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In this sequal to Fat Camp Commandos, the fat-camp dropouts are back--ready to raise a ruckus at a western dude ranch!

It's not enough that Ralph and Sylvia Nebula along with their dear friends, Celtic and Mavis Goldfarb have absconded from fat camp. It's not enough that they've perpertrated pranks on the people of Pookooksie. Oh, no! These rapscallions, these anti-social tubs of lard, won't stop there. Now, they are primed to challenge the great traditions of our nation, the very things we have learned as children in dark movie theaters and in front of the TV during the four o'clock John Wayne spaghetti western. Yes, that's right, they're headed to the Great American West.
Don't their parents know better? Apparently not. They're letting loose the same three kids who sacked Camp Noo Yoo as if they were Attila and his Huns.

Author Notes

Author, illustrator, and radio commentator Daniel M. Pinkwater was born in Memphis Tennessee on November 15, 1941. He is trained as an artist and attended Bard College. In 1969, he wrote and illustrated his first book, The Terrible Roar. Since then he has written over 50 books for children, young adults, and adults. He is also a commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and regularly reviews children's books on Weekend Edition Saturday. While he has illustrated many of his works, his most recent ones have been illustrated by his wife Jill Pinkwater.

(Bowker Author Biography) Daniel Pinkwater is regarded by critics, educators, psychologists, and law enforcement agencies as the world's most influential writer of books for children and young adults. Since 1987, he has been a regular commentator on NPR's All Things Considered and two collections of his essays have been brought out to the delight of listeners who can read. He lives in Hyde Park, New York.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5. This sequel to Fat Camp Commandos (2001) opens with Sylvia and Ralph sitting outside their latest fat camp, Deepdip Cha-cha's Fun Ashram for Kids. In the first 20 pages, Ralph brings readers up to speed, interspersing hints about their present situation with memories of their adventures in the previous book. In the nearby town of Horny Toad, the siblings meet their old friend Mavis, who is outfitted in western garb. She informs them that two groups of locals are at odds, but she has plans to change that. With the help of Ralph, Sylvia, and--oh, why not?--a crew of aliens, she convinces the inhabitants of Horny Toad that (sing it now) «the health nuts and the cowboys should be friends.» The lengthy recap at the beginning slows things down a bit, and the story is neither as focused nor as funny as its predecessor. Despite that, Pinkwater's wacky wit, accentuated by the deadpan humor of Rash's drawings and unrestrained by political correctness, will entertain fans who are ready to laugh equally at people in turbans and people in cowboy hats. Carolyn Phelan.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Ralph and Sylvia Nebula flee Deepdip Cha-Cha's Fun Ashram for Kids. After teaming up with best friend Mavis on a nearby dude ranch, the trio attempts to reunite the feuding town of Horny Toad. "Rash's comic illustrations complement the zippy text," PW said. Ages 7-10. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-A sequel to Fat Camp Commandos (Scholastic, 2001). Ralph and Sylvia Nebula are enrolled in the same fat camp they escaped from last year, now renamed Deepdip Cha-cha's Fun Ashram for Kids. Their friend Mavis Goldfarb rescues them and takes them to her camp, Rough-Ridin' Rudy's Rootin'-Tootin' Rancho, in the town of Horny Toad. Mavis campaigns to unite the town's dude ranchers and fitness freaks and to make Horny Toad a hot tourist attraction. Extraterrestrials are targeted as potential visitors, and Captain Rolzup of the Galactic Alliance and his senior staff, two dozen fat guys, arrive on cue. Narrated by Ralph, the story has an overall message of tolerance and self-acceptance. However, while this story is entertaining, some of the satire is more likely to be appreciated by parents than by their children. The humorous pen-and-ink cartoons complement the narrative.-Marilyn Ackerman, Brooklyn Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.