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Title:
The experiments of Doctor Vermin
Author:
Egan, Tim.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
Sheldon, a pig who works as a short-order cook, encounters a mad scientist one stormy Halloween night and must face all of his biggest fears.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.8 0.5 65706.
Electronic Access:
Publisher description http://www.loc.gov/catdir/description/hm022/2001039630.html
ISBN:
9780618132249
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Book

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Summary

On a dark and scary Halloween night, Sheldon the short-order pig is out looking for work when his car breaks down. Gathering up his courage, he approaches an ominous-looking mansion and enters the twisted world of Dr. Edmund Vermin! Will poor Sheldon escape or be forever trapped in Dr. Vermin's laboratory? Things aren't what they seem in Tim Egan's latest zany tale of ravishing wolves, giant pigs and . . . horseradish!


Author Notes

Tim Egan is the author and illustrator of several offbeat and humorous tales for children. He is consistently recognized for his individuality and delightful illustrations. Born in New Jersey, Tim moved to California to attend the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He still lives in southern California with his wife, Ann, and their two sons. To learn more about Tim Egan, visit his Web site at www.timegan.com. For a complete list of books by Tim Egan, visit www.houghton mifflinbooks.com.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

K-Gr. 3. It's a dark, stormy Halloween night and a small, timid pig named Sheldon is looking for work as a short-order cook. When his car breaks down, he seeks refuge in the dark mansion on a nearby hill. That's his first mistake, because in that creepy house he encounters the evil Doctor Edmund Vermin, who is bent on ruling the world--with Sheldon's unwitting and unwilling help! Could it get any worse? Well, yes, it could. But after many a plot complication, our small, porcine hero discovers reservoirs of pluck he didn't know he possessed. Author-illustrator Egan's Rocky Horror picture book is an amusing homage to the movies of the 1930s, though his imaginative pictures are in living color, alas, and not in glorious black and white. Nevertheless, this suspenseful effort is nail-bitingly good fun for young readers--and their parents. --Michael Cart


Publisher's Weekly Review

In this wry sendup of horror cliches, an affable pig has car trouble in wolf country one dark and stormy Halloween. When he approaches a gloomy mansion for help, a diabolical scientist turns him into a giant. "You're huge, and I'm in complete control of your mind!" Dr. Vermin cackles. "But this was where the evil doctor was wrong." The hero foils Vermin and even overcomes his dread of wolves. Egan (A Mile from Ellington Station) sets a satiric tone with nuanced understatement. His earthy palette exudes firelit warmth, and his pliant, pillowy forms soften the spookiness. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-Sheldon, a porcine short-order cook, is driving along looking for work on his least favorite night of the year (Halloween) when his car breaks down. Then a loud clap and a distant howling in the dark woods terrify him, as he has a distinct fear of both thunder and wolves. And so begins the rollicking romp through the mansion of the evil Dr. Vermin, who captures Sheldon, turning him into a pig monster four times his original size. When the mad scientist realizes that he doesn't have control of his victim's mind, he kicks him out, and Sheldon runs next door for help, only to find two kindly humans who, he learns, are really wolves on whom Dr. Vermin has experimented. The pig admirably faces all of his fears, saving the day (or night, in this case) and securing a job in the process-cooking for the wolf couple. Egan's not-at-all-frightening artwork is full of amusing details, from the expressions of the evil doctor and terrified pig to the wolves in human form. Young children will enjoy the muted artwork as much as they will appreciate this super silly, slightly scary story.-Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.