Bogbrush the Barbarian

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Bogbrush, grandson of the fabled Bumrash, is a mighty warrior from the frozen north. He is a giant of a lad, with rippling muscles and a powerful sword-arm. He wears chain-mail underwear and a helmet with really big horns. Unfortunately, he's also very stupid. Mistaking-the-family-cow-for-a-monster kind of stupid. With his new-found friends, Sneaky and Diptheria, by his side, Bogbrush is determined to seek his fortune and become the one true king of Scrofula, a city in the south. Along the way, our hero must try ...
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Overview

Bogbrush, grandson of the fabled Bumrash, is a mighty warrior from the frozen north. He is a giant of a lad, with rippling muscles and a powerful sword-arm. He wears chain-mail underwear and a helmet with really big horns. Unfortunately, he's also very stupid. Mistaking-the-family-cow-for-a-monster kind of stupid. With his new-found friends, Sneaky and Diptheria, by his side, Bogbrush is determined to seek his fortune and become the one true king of Scrofula, a city in the south. Along the way, our hero must try to outsmart tricksters, bandits, magicians and tiny ape-men ? none of which is easy to do when you're three buckets short of a cartload!
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Paula Rohrlick
In this humorous fantasy set in medieval times, Bogbrush is a mighty would-be warrior with much more brawn than brains. He's so destructive at home that his parents urge him to set out on a quest, and the village chips in to get him a tiny pony, which he names Nobby. Armed with a spear, an axe and a sword, wearing chain-mail underwear, and determined to be a hero, Bogbrush heads for the Temple of the Great Belch, where he battles a huge monster and encounters the Gerbil of Fate. He learns about the legend of the Axe in the Stone in the town of Scrofula, which can only be pulled out by its True King, and sets off to try his luck. On the way, Bogbrush encounters a thief named Sneaky and an attractive aspiring alchemist named Diphtheria, and they join him on his journey and have various adventures. The ending is so sudden you may find yourself looking to see if pages are missing. Perhaps a sequel is in the works? Corny jokes abound, along with snide comments from the author and boxed "educational" asides that jokingly define terms. The mocking, smart-alecky tone, like a cross between "Monty Python" and Mad Magazine, may appeal to some humor fans, but the ending is likely to leave them confused. Black and white line drawings illustrate the action. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Bogbrush is a mighty warrior of the well-muscled but small-brained variety, so when he sets off on a quest, it's no wonder that he gets into trouble. Luckily, he is rescued from a nasty card shark by smart and lovely Diphtheria (an aspiring alchemist) and a small thief named Sneaky, who throw in their lots with Bogbrush. After a journey filled with bandits, ape-men, and evil magicians, they arrive in the City of Scrofula, where Bogbrush expects to pull an axe out of a boulder and be proclaimed king. This adventure is relentlessly brimming with jokes, puns, and snarky asides; even the chapter numbers are silly (the author seemingly fails to grasp basic numerical concepts). The text is scattered with informational boxes explaining vocabulary and other points, always with a joke thrown in. While many of these witticisms fall short of funny, enough do stick to make this book worth considering. Many readers will happily snicker through it, until the puzzlingly abrupt ending. Small black-and-white illustrations reinforce the broad humor. Fans of Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon (Little, Brown, 2004) will enjoy this story as long as they are ready for fare that is a bit more sly, bloody, and exaggerated.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553377016
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,171,982
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Whitehouse was born in Birmingham, England and now lives in New York State with his wife. Howard has been in a rock band, worked with troubled kids, and written two history books. Now, in addition to writing novels, he writes and designs history games and paints model soldiers. He attended the venerable King Edward VII School, the model for St. Grimelda's.

Bill Slavin is an award-winning children's book illustrator with over 50 books to his credit. His works include Stanley's Party and The Bear on the Bed. He lives in Millbrook, Ontario.

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  • Posted September 20, 2010

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    Hilarious

    Absolutely hilarious. The illustrations are perfect and the text is laugh-out-loud funny and ridiculous. Recommended for fans of Howard Whitehouse's other books (and if you haven't read those, you are really missing out!) as well as fans of the slightly absurd who want to laugh a lot. The story is not overly long and would make a great read aloud/read together for middle graders (4th-6th) and their parents.

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