Attack of the Smart Pies (Kokopelli and Company Series)

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Feather, the easily muddled Muse of Plants, is confused when he runs beak-first into young Emma. Emma, you see, is a Human and NO HUMANS ARE ALLOWED in Kokonino County, home to Feather and the rest of the New Muses.

Emma wants the Muses to help rescue her teacher, Mrs. Krishnamurti, from the evil (and rather doughy) clutches of her wicked foster father, Mr. Drinkwater. A helpful Muse, Feather would normally love to lend a wing. Unfortunately, Emma has arrived during the Great ...

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Overview

Feather, the easily muddled Muse of Plants, is confused when he runs beak-first into young Emma. Emma, you see, is a Human and NO HUMANS ARE ALLOWED in Kokonino County, home to Feather and the rest of the New Muses.

Emma wants the Muses to help rescue her teacher, Mrs. Krishnamurti, from the evil (and rather doughy) clutches of her wicked foster father, Mr. Drinkwater. A helpful Muse, Feather would normally love to lend a wing. Unfortunately, Emma has arrived during the Great Pie War, a time when any sudden moves could result in getting a smart pie full in the face. You see, the Great Pie War has escalated from Smart Pies to Smarter Pies to SMARTEST PIES – giant, state-of-the-art, satellite-guided pies.

POP! SPLAT! Will the war reach its messy conclusion in time for Feather and the other Muses to help Emma? Or will the trickster Muse Kokopelli sabotage everything?

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-In this inventive novel that mixes fantasy, humor, horror, and mystery, Emma, a 12-year-old orphan, runs away from her foster father, Darien Drinkwater, when he suddenly becomes hostile following the death of her foster mother. At a local mall, she meets Feather, the Muse of Plants. When he returns home to Kokonino County, the land of the New Muses, Emma follows him. Feather reassures her that the Muses will help her, and they do. With "Intelligent Air" computers, they can observe and influence unsuspecting people on Earth. Meanwhile, Kokopelli, the Muse of Tunes and Tricks, has been trying to hit Urania, the Muse of Astronomy, with pies that are programmed for greater and greater accuracy. While these escapades are amusing, the real story of interest has to do with Drinkwater's role in Emma's parents' death and his intentions regarding her inheritance. The Muses return Emma to human civilization, Drinkwater is apprehended, and the girl goes to live with her teacher, who turns out to be a long-lost cousin. The cartoonlike spot illustrations will appeal to children, including reluctant readers. The book has a lot to offer, and the characters have distinct personalities.-Heather Ver Voort, Washington West Elementary, Olean, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A zany premise and an equally off-the-wall plot keep this wandering tale-the first separate outing for characters with a regular gig in MUSE magazine-afloat, but just barely. Eight of the nine ancient Muses having retired to an old-age home, humanity's welfare is left to a motley assortment of New Muses, like featherbrained, doughnut-obsessed Feather (Muse of Plants), Aeiou (Muse of Software), Bo (Muse of Factoids) and Kokopelli the flute player (Muse of Tricks and Tunes). Though Gonick introduces Emma, a young orphan whose deranged stepfather Darien Drinkwater is out to recover a treasure that belongs to her, Kokopelli is really the central character here-and he's bending every effort to clobber the elusive Urania, Muse of Astronomy, with ballistically launched, electronically enhanced "smart pies." Happily, he leaves off his obsession long enough to cozen Drinkwater with the Nigerian Scam, so that Emma can recover the gold and find a new, better home. Sporting an array of odd forms in the tiny vignettes with which this tale is sprinkled, the New Muses may keep their current fans amused, but they're unlikely to draw many new ones with this offbeat episode. (Fantasy. 9-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812627404
  • Publisher: Cricket Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Series: Kokopelli and Company Series
  • Pages: 185
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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