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Title:
Snarf attack, underfoodle, and the secret of life : the Riot brothers tell all
Author:
Amato, Mary.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, 2004.
Physical Description:
151 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
The Riot brothers capture a crook -- The Riot brothers find a hidden treasure -- The Riot brothers overthrow a king -- Bonus!.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.4 2.0 77707.
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ISBN:
9780823417506
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Summary

Move over, Captain Underpants, a couple of new pranksters are in town. Narrated by fifth-grader Wilbur and featuring his third-grade brother, Orville, this hilarious story follows the antics of two boys with overactive imaginations and a comfortable sibling relationship. The action is divided intothree "books," with six chapters each. In the first, the brothers are determined to catch a crook. They make a windfall by giving lessons in being annoying to their classmates, are reprimanded by the principal (who is also their mother), and still manage to foil a bank robber on the way home from school.Next, while searching for treasure, they find a mysterious box in the closet. After they finally open it, they discover that the contents, although not worth money, are still valuable. The final installment has the duo building a catapult designed to overthrow a king and using it instead to defeat a bully.Full-colour illustrations


Author Notes

Mary Amato is an award-winning children's book author, poet, playwright, and songwriter. Her books have been translated into foreign languages, optioned for television, produced onstage, and nominated for the children's choice awards in many states. She lives in Maryland.

Ethan Long has written and illustrated dozens of children's books. His accolades include a Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal. He lives in Florida.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 2-4. Fans of silly but entertaining gross-out stories, such as the Captain Underpants books, will appreciate this collection of three tales featuring the Riot brothers, Orville and Wilbur, who manage to make even their daily chores a fun adventure. The games they create have names like Snarf Attack, Underfoodle, the Naked Mole-Rat Game, and the Frying Pan Game. The objective of Snarf Attack is to make an opponent laugh so hard at dinner that milk comes out of his or her nose. The objective of Underfoodle is to get as many pairs of underwear as possible on your head in thirty seconds. The Riot brothers also impart their homegrown juvenile wisdom to readers with sayings like All you need is a butt to put underpants on your butt, but it takes a brain to put underpants on your head. Young readers will appreciate the Riot brothers' attempts to make something exciting happen every day. Long's playful cartoon illustrations extend the fun. --Ed Sullivan Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Long's cartoon jacket art-revealing one boy with a green bean hanging out of his nostril and another boy wearing a pair of underpants on his head-offers a cautionary clue as to the level of humor that awaits readers of Amato's (The Word Eater) flimsy and derivative tale about siblings Wilbur and Orville Riot. Alas, this fragmented narrative never takes flight. Older brother Wilbur recounts three missions that he and Orville tackle: to capture a bank robber, discover hidden treasure in their house and "overthrow a king." Though ambitious-sounding, each undertaking produces a less than satisfying and not altogether comical result. The title refers to two of the games the brothers delight in playing: in a Snarf Attack, one tries to make the other laugh hard enough at the dinner table so that he snorts milk from his nose; in Underfoodle, the two compete to determine who can pull more pairs of underpants onto his head. Also sprinkled throughout are "Riot Brother Rules" ("Run, do not walk, whenever possible") and "Riot Brother Sayings" ("If you say something and nobody gets it, say something else"). Only kids amused by references to snot, burping and the effects of flaring one's nostrils will find occasional chuckles in these pages. Ages 6-10. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-Move over, Captain Underpants, a couple of new pranksters are in town. Narrated by fifth-grader Wilbur and featuring his third-grade brother, Orville, this hilarious story follows the antics of two boys with overactive imaginations and a comfortable sibling relationship. The action is divided into three "books," with six chapters each. In the first, the brothers are determined to catch a crook. They make a windfall by giving lessons in being annoying to their classmates, are reprimanded by the principal (who is also their mother), and still manage to foil a bank robber on the way home from school. Next, while searching for treasure, they find a mysterious box in the closet. After they finally open it, they discover that the contents, although not worth money, are still valuable. The final installment has the duo building a catapult designed to overthrow a king and using it instead to defeat a bully. A "Bonus" section sums up their philosophy of life ("Make something exciting happen every day") and includes the rules to their favorite games (in "Snarf Attack," one player attempts to get the other to laugh so hard during dinner that milk comes out of his nose). The large print is inviting and the black-and-white cartoons add to the light tone. Amato appeals to the funny bone without being quite as gross as the "Captain Underpants" series (Scholastic). Libraries will have a hard time keeping Snarf Attack on the shelf and readers will beg for a sequel.-Jean Lowery, Bishop Woods Elementary School, New Haven, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.