Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies

Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies

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by Andrea Beaty
     
 

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When Joules and Kevin Rockman’s parents drop them off at Camp Whatsitooya on their way to an International Spamathon, the twins expect a summer of marshmallows, campfires, and canoe trips. What they do not expect is to defend the earth from an invasion of sugar-addicted, murderous, seven-foot-tall rabbits from another galaxy. Happily, the Rockman twins,

Overview

When Joules and Kevin Rockman’s parents drop them off at Camp Whatsitooya on their way to an International Spamathon, the twins expect a summer of marshmallows, campfires, and canoe trips. What they do not expect is to defend the earth from an invasion of sugar-addicted, murderous, seven-foot-tall rabbits from another galaxy. Happily, the Rockman twins, veteran watchers of the Late, Late, Late Creepy Show for Insomniacs, are unusually well-prepared for dealing with monstrous beings from outer space. If only their fellow campers were so lucky.

Andrea Beaty, author of several very funny picture books and a mysterious novel, here reaches new heights of hilarity and verbal dexterity in a novel sure to become a camp—ba-dum-dum—classic.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this screwy, nonsensical thriller, 11-year-old twins Joules and Kevin are unwillingly deposited at Camp Whats-itooya, an unusual summer camp that is about to be attacked by giant alien bunnies (aka “Fluffs”). Led by a naturephobic scientist, a down-on-his-luck surfer, and a beehive-haired lady with a craft fetish, the twins are joined by three giggling look-alike campers dubbed “SmellyCat” (for Sam, Ellie, and Cat), and Nelson, who exuberantly promotes the virtues of the Plumbing Channel. As the bunny threat grows, Nelson and the twins hatch a plan involving Spam (the edible kind) and freeze-dried ice cream to thwart them from taking over the camp and the world. Interspersed with parenthetical asides, directives to the reader (“Those of you who avoided reading Table 1 probably ought to be brave and read this one.... Go ahead. We’ll amuse ourselves by singing while you read. La la la la la...”), and Santat’s (Chicken Dance) kinetic comic book-style panel art, Beaty’s (Cicada Summer) storytelling is lighthearted and fast-paced. Though the story may not linger much past the last page, her unconventional and entertaining narrative make it a wholly fun read. Ages 8-12. (May)
Julee Phillips
Twins Kevin and Joules Rockman come to Camp Whatsitooya armed for more than just an average summer camp experience. These young heroes use their curiosity and a lot of nerve, along with their knowledge of human nature, scary movies, and canned meat, to bravely face the fearsome Fluffs. Despite their gentle names, these giant and very hungry space invaders mean business, and world domination is at the top of their priority list. When the adult camp counselors start to disappear, it's up to the kids to save the world from giant rabbit fangs, fiery burps . . . and mind-numbing middle school musical movies. Santat's amusing and descriptive illustrations (sometimes in comic book format) tell a good portion of this tale. Although intended (and appropriate) for ages 8—12, Beaty's witty sarcasm, delivered in the form of an unseen narrator, provides a quick and very enjoyable read for an older audience as well. Reviewer: Julee Phillips
Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
"Camp Whatsitooya, nestled on the aromatic shores of Lake Whatsosmelly..." Even the description does not make it sound like a place you would want to spend a week while your parents were competing in a Spam Dessert contest. Twins Joules and Kevin watch their parents waving cheerily while driving away after having dropped them off (literally) at the gate to their summer camp. As if the prospect of a week at camp on a stinky lake shore was not bad enough, unbeknownst to Joules and Kevin, the planet Earth is about to be invaded by giant evil rabbits from outer space. The rabbits have had to evacuate their own planet and have used an abandoned spaceship with a pre-programmed destination of Earth. The rabbits have an unnatural fondness for sugar, which turns them into evil monsters. When Camp Whatsitooya's supply of marshmallows starts to disappear along with some of the campers and counselors, the twins know they are in danger. As veteran viewers of the Late Late Late Creepy Show for Insomniacs, though, they know a thing or two about fighting aliens. Middle school readers will love the puns and ridiculous situations in this hilarious book. Reviewer: Ellen Welty
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—Far, far away in the Starburst galaxy ("just beyond the Milky Way but not as far as the Peanut Cluster"), a flaming meteor smashes the marshmallow Planet of the Fluffs into sticky goo. Faced with planetary meltdown, Fierce, Large, Ugly, and Ferocious Furballs hop a salvaged rocket ship and head for Earth, seeking a fresh source of sugary energy. Meanwhile, Earth twins Joules and Kevin arrive at Camp Whatsitooya. The boys are horror-film fans, and they quickly find that the camp has all the hallmarks of a fright-night flick. There are odd noises and unearthly creatures—and a smashed spaceship out in the woods. Even worse, the counselors all seem to be turning into zombies. The kids discover that the Fluffs have taken over and plan to reduce the campers' brains to quivering sweet mush—perfect food for the invaders. Can Joules and Kevin find a way to defeat the killer space bunnies or will the fuzzy fiends get them first? The off-the-wall plot bounces from crisis to crisis as the twins use their movie expertise to predict the next emergency. The rather acerbic narrator frequently "breaks page" to address readers with asides, directions, and even mock commercials. Black-and-white cartoons—some in multipanel-comic form—and a lot of in-text graphic sound words add to the wacky fun. Similar in tone to Jon Sciezka's "Time Warp Trio" series (Viking), but for a slightly older audience, this title should have special appeal to reluctant readers, especially boys.—Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
Kirkus Reviews
Twins Kevin and Joules Rockman are happy they're spending a week at Camp Whatsitooya on the shores of Lake Whatsosmelly, because it means they don't have to accompany their parents to the International SPAMathon. Their parents would (and do) put the barely edible meat-like substance in everything. The camp's pretty lame, but craft-crazed Ms. Jones, her two batty counselors and a passel of oddball campers become the least of the twins' worries when people start vanishing and brain-controlling monster-bunnies attack. Thank goodness Kevin's studied survival tactics in awful horror movies and Joules is proficient with pointed sticks. With the help of clueless Nelson and a secret ingredient you can probably guess, the Rockman twins attempt to save the world from slavering, fanged, man- (and candy-) eating fluffy bunnies. Beaty's tale of high silliness is sure to please, and it's dotted with Santat's mini-comics and spot illustrations, which move the story along. If at times the reach for a larff is a bit of a stretch, it's all in fun. The hint at a possible sequel will have humorous-adventure lovers asking. (Adventure. 7-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419705199
Publisher:
Amulet Paperbacks
Publication date:
08/28/2012
Series:
Fluffy Bunnies Series
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
232,489
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 7.28(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

Andrea Beaty was raised in a small southern Illinois town, where her family ran a tiny grocery store. When she wasn’t roaming the nearby fields with her brothers and sisters, she was reading Nancy Drew mysteries up in the branches of a maple tree. Andrea now lives outside Chicago with her family. She is the author of When Giants Come to Play, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes, and Iggy Peck, Architect, illustrated by David Roberts. Andrea blogs about funny books for kids at www.ThreeSillyChicks.com. Learn more about her at www.AndreaBeaty.com. Dan Santat’s Guild of Geniuses (2004) won the Marion Vannett Ridgeway Award for best debut author/illustrator. He has since illustrated The Secret Life of Walter Kitty, by Barbara Jean Hicks; the Otto Undercover series, by Rhea Perlman; The Ghosts of Luckless Gulch, by Anne Isaacs; and Chicken Dance, by Tammi Sauer. He is also the creator of the Disney animated series The Replacements, and is at work on a graphic novel, The Domesticated Four. He lives with his wife and two children in Southern California. Visit him at www.dantat.com.

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Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My little brother liked it, but l did think it is hilarious. My bro. Is 7 so it is probly for kids around his age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will this book make me scared of my pet bunny? :p
ahm21 More than 1 year ago
My 11-year old daughter reluctantly read it for a book report (she needed a sci-fi book but doesn't like sci-fi) and ended up loving it. She recommended it to her 9-year old brother who loved it even more.
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Epic story
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*yells out* WOO HOO great job on tht book marvleous job im whiteblood by the way but great job
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the way they describe the fluffy bunnys hahahaha,
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Yay! I made a new story called Hawkpool and the disaster it is at blood wings all resuts!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The cats of Bramblepaw's former clan changed their name to ChaosClan. Bramblepaw's tree was called the Death Tree. No one in ChaosClan knew whether he is or isn't in the tree or not, because they can't see him hidden in his bramble bush, waiting for his next victim, but they know that either way the Death Tree is cursed by him because cats started to go missing after the ChaosClan Incident. And they pile of bones by the Death Tree makes it obvious. ChaosClan's medicine cat, Gnatwhisker, chose who their leader was and then got a message from the Dark Forest saying that Bramblepaw has changed his name to Brambleblood and if you don't call him that, he will come. Also, on the anniversary of the ChaosClan Incident, the whole clan has to spend the whole day without eating, drinking, talking, or leaving camp. If any cat breaks tha rule, they will get sacrificed to the Death Tree. THE END. (Stay tuned for Brambleblood's Story:The Curse of the Death Tree in asap results 1-5. Special thanks to Jaystar and Jaysoar for posting positive reviews. Also special thks to Ravenstar from Ravenstar's Prophecy for giving me the idea to write a book. And thank you to whoever read this because i spent a LOT of time writing this.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best sunshine book ever !!!i still totally agree:)!!!!!!"
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The book was very interesting"Spam unnatruly square ,unnatruly good,"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny and cute. Best Sunshine State Book yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gtg bbl
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is so funny although i wish it were longer;)
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Stands next to the stone. Eyes shut.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im 17 in rl and rp.
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I'm 20/16 in rp......
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Okay
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Holy crapito link
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I am made to read this book for the battle of the books! HELP ME!
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