Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic (PagePerfect NOOK Book)

Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic (PagePerfect NOOK Book)

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by Mark Tatulli
     
 

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"Tatulli's entry into the comics/fiction--hybrid market is one of the best…The target audience will snap this up and beg for more."

---Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"This is full of ghoulish fun, and fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid probably won't want to miss it."
---School Library Journal

"Desmond Pucket

Overview

"Tatulli's entry into the comics/fiction--hybrid market is one of the best…The target audience will snap this up and beg for more."

---Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"This is full of ghoulish fun, and fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid probably won't want to miss it."
---School Library Journal

"Desmond Pucket neatly fills a gap for our readers---it's a step more sophisticated than Diary of a Wimpy Kid but appeals to that reader. It's also so great to have a Halloween/monster/scary stuff series to offer boys that is not Goosebumps."
---Rebecca Waesch, Children's Product Manager, Joseph-Beth Booksellers

Meet Desmond Pucket---professor of frightology and master of monsters.

Someday Desmond will be famous for his special effects wizardry, but for now he's just trying to make it through sixth grade at Cloverfield Memorial Junior High, which means he needs to stay one step ahead of the school's disciplinary officer, Mr. Needles.

The only problem is Desmond just can't stop pulling pranks---like the time he attached a shrieking rubber goblin to the toilet seat in the teachers' bathroom. Mrs. Rubin screamed so loudly her wig flew off! Or the time he put giant motorized worms into the mashed potatoes in the cafeteria. Or the time Desmond and his best friend, Ricky, arranged for a three-headed ghost to crash his sister's slumber party. Rachel still hasn't forgiven him.

And now Desmond has to stay prank-free for the rest of the year, or he won't be able to go on the class trip to Crab Shell Pier, home of the Mountain Full of Monsters ride! It's going to be tough, but Desmond has to try.

This book includes a section of "Desmond's Notes": instructions for making monster magic (think scary noises, or fake blood) at home!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781449440671
Publisher:
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Series:
AMP! Comics for Kids Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
59 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
7 - 12 Years

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 Lio, 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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Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Desmond Pucket and his friend Ricky love to play practical jokes involving special effects. Over the year they have put blood balloons in cake, worms in the mashed potatoes and others. Mr. Needles is the school disciplinarian. He knows Desmond is behind all the mayhem, but he is unable to prove it. He watches him like a hawk. When Desmond decides to play the best pranks ever at his sister's sleeover it backfires. Mr. Needles daughter is hurt and he goes to "The Board". Fortunately, Desmond's mother intervenes and he is given 3 more changes. He must participate in the dreaded "extracurricular activities". He is given the option of 3 clubs, AV, School newspaper or drama club. As he strikes out in each one, he panics. He is in danger of losing the privilege of attending the school fieldtrip. When pranks start to happen on the set of the school drama presentaion, Desmond sets out to investigate because he is being blamed. What happens next changes the boring school production into the best they have ever seen. A fun story that kids will love. I like the end of the book where they give the recipes and directions to the reader for some of Desmond's tricks. The children will love that.
CanadaInker4 More than 1 year ago
Let me introduce you to Desmond Pucket.  His dad is a well-respected dentist and his mom often has to go to bat for him to save him from ... well himself.  Why would she need to do that you ask?  Well you see Desmond is the master of mayhem. He refers to himself as the Professor of Frightology, with a Masters in Monsters.  He specializes in pulling off pranks and is a genius at creating and executing special effects that give everyone a fright.   His career goal is to design the most amazing and scariest amusement park on the planet when he grows up.  He is on the verge of getting suspended from his middle school just before the coveted class trip to Crab Shell Pier.  He wants so much to go there because that is the home of the Mountain Full of Monsters Ride!   He teams up with his best buddy Ricky and together they become pranksters extraordinaire much to the despair of his big sister (he and Ricky pulled off a doozy prank at her sleepover) and the staff at Cloverfield Junior High.  He attaches a shrieking rubber goblin in the toilet seat in the staff washroom and Mrs. Rubin was the unlucky teacher who discovered it.  She screams and fusses so much her wig falls off.  He plants giant motorized worms into the mashed potatoes in the cafeteria causing quite a ruckus on the scene.  Although his genius brain keeps coming up with the next best prank, alas he finally gets exposed by Mr. Needles, the disciplinarian at the school.  His punishment?  Thanks to his mom, who does a prankster intervention, he is not suspended but has to attend three extra-curricular activities and keep his nose clean if he is to stay in school and attend the field trip that is fast approaching.   Can Desmond do it?  Can he walk the straight and narrow path and put his pranks aside?  You will have to get this book and find out.   This great book is full of fantastic comics with captions and humour that you child will really love.  Hilarious pranks and experiments pulled off by Desmond and friends will have your child rolling in laughter.   The book includes a section at the end of "Desmond's Notes" which are instructions for making monster magic (scary noises, or fake blood) right in your own home.  Now what child wouldn't love that add-on?  The witty text and cartoon pictures are a perfect combination and the theme of the book perfectly timed for Halloween.  Highly recommended, a winner for sure.