Desmond Pucket and the Mountain Full of Monsters

Overview

The next book in the hot new series about a kid who just can't stop making monster magic!

Desmond Pucket is back, and this time he has a posse.

Desmond has been waiting his whole life for this day. It is the sixth-grade field trip to Crab Shell Pier, home to the world's most awesomely fantastic ride, and Desmond has one goal: convince Tina Schimsky to ride it with him. But once inside the amusement park, Desmond finds that executing his master ...

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Overview

The next book in the hot new series about a kid who just can't stop making monster magic!

Desmond Pucket is back, and this time he has a posse.

Desmond has been waiting his whole life for this day. It is the sixth-grade field trip to Crab Shell Pier, home to the world's most awesomely fantastic ride, and Desmond has one goal: convince Tina Schimsky to ride it with him. But once inside the amusement park, Desmond finds that executing his master plan will be no simple feat. Accompanied by his best friend Ricky, Desmond must outwit both the tyrannical Mr. Needles and his nefarious mortal enemy Scott Selzer, along with anyone—-or anything—-else in the way. The race is on to reach Mountain Full of Monsters and win the girl of his dreams . . . Can Desmond do it?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Brandon West
Sixth grader Desmond Puckett has been waiting his whole life to ride the Mountain Full of Monsters roller coaster at Crab Shell Pier. He is also anxious about asking his crush Tina Schimsky to ride it with him. Desmond, with help from his best friend Ricky, develops an intricate plan to ask Tina out. Of course, their plans are interrupted by Mr. Needles, the school disciplinarian, who seems unusually interested in Desmond’s antics. Layered onto the plot is the fact that the Mountain Full of Monster ride is slated for destruction, and Desmond sets his energy into saving the ride’s plastic monsters for his scaring business. Desmond’s tale is told in a style similar to the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, where hand drawn illustrations and notebook entries complement the story’s narrative. While the plot seems silly, it ends up being more interesting than one would expect. Children will likely relate to the character’s personal conflicts, including friendship and following the rules. One negative drawback to this story is the lack of diversity among the characters. This second entry in the “Desmond Puckett” series fares well, and it’s likely that children will want to continue reading the series. For this reason, it is a worthwhile addition to school library collections. Reviewer: Brandon West; Ages 7 to 12.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-12
Will monster maven Desmond Pucket get to ride the awesome, animatronic-enhanced Mountain Full of Monsters roller coaster with dreamy Tina Schimsky?No. Mr. Needles, head of Cloverfield Memorial Junior High's disciplinary office, has it in for Desmond, even on the field trip to Crab Shell Pier amusement park. Desmond and his best friend, Ricky, ditch Needles, but the guy comes back like a bad rash. Desmond ends up having to go on his dream ride with Mr. Needles—repeatedly. Then Desmond learns that the ride is scheduled for demolition at the end of the summer. He vows to raise money to save the animatronic monsters, but what can one kid do? What he does best: scare kids…for which their siblings will gladly pay cash. Will Desmond be able to raise enough to get the park's manager to let him save the monsters from destruction? In a mixture of comic panels, doodlelike spot illustrations and text, Tatulli continues his chronicle of sixth-grade special-effects expert Desmond in a funny and cheerfully gross tale of perseverance and friendship that is realistic and wacky all at once. Other secrets come to light over the course of the story, and fans will rejoice that more adventures are on the way.The icing on the exploding birthday cake are the many pages from Desmond's notebook with instructions on duplicating his scary successes. (Humor. 8-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449435493
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/5/2014
  • Series: amp! Comics for Kids Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 261,286
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Tatulli is an internationally syndicated cartoonist best known for his popular comic strips Heart of the City, which chronicles a fun-loving, tenacious little girl's adventures in the big city of Philadelphia, and Liō, which tells the adventures of a young boy and his pet squid. In addition to cartooning, Tatulli is an accomplished filmmaker and animator, and the recipient of three Emmy Awards. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Donna, three children, and three nefarious cats, all of whom supply endless ideas for his books.

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