With four other complaining sons, Will Woodman's parents don't have time to listen when he needs to vent. Frustrated, he hopes that his Grandad will become his confidant. When he spends Saturdays working with the old man, who is the lighthouse keeper in a seaside village, the two strike a deal to listen to each other's "sob stories." Grandad, though, has a penchant for "one-upping." Poor Will can't seem to top any of his unbelievable stories, which involve shark bites on the head, badgers stealing schoolbags, and a bad run-in with tinfoil. Finally catching some time alone with his dad, Will learns a remarkable and amusing story about himself that he's sure can't be topped. In the end, Grandad helps Will to make a significant discovery about himself and his problems, making this a satisfying, funny, and engaging addition to the series. Quirky cartoon illustrations add to the fun, creating a perfect selection for reluctant readers. Fans of Wendelin Van Draanen's "Shredderman" (Yearling), Dave Keane's "Joe Sherlock" (HarperCollins), and Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants" (Scholastic) series will enjoy this book.
Jennifer CoganCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Eoin Colfer's Legend of...The Worst Boy in the Worldby Eoin Colfer, Glenn Mccoy
Growing up with four complainers for brothers, Will Woodman has a hard time getting an audience for his own troubles. He has to wait in line to gripe to his momand that leaves his dad. But since his dad is so busy, Will has to defer to his older (and faster) brother Marty. Will decides that what he really needs is his own grown-up to complain to. And he has
Growing up with four complainers for brothers, Will Woodman has a hard time getting an audience for his own troubles. He has to wait in line to gripe to his momand that leaves his dad. But since his dad is so busy, Will has to defer to his older (and faster) brother Marty. Will decides that what he really needs is his own grown-up to complain to. And he has the perfect guy for the jobsomeone who's a good listenener and has a lot of free time: Grandad.
But swapping sob stories with Grandad doesn't prove to be as satisfying as Will thought. Grandad has tons of pathetic stories to choose from, and one is worse than the next! But when Will hears the legend of the worst boy in the world, he knows he has finally hit the jackpot....
Meet the Author
Eoin Colfer is the New York Times best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series, Half Moon Investigations; The Supernaturalist, Eoin Colfer's Legend of Spud Murphy and Legend of Captain Crow's Teeth, and The Wish List. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.
Glenn McCoy has twice been named the Magazine Cartoonist of the Year. He is also the creator of the book Penny Lee and Her TV. Glenn and his wife live in Illinois with their family.
- Wexford Town, County Wexford, Republic of Ireland
- Date of Birth:
- May 14, 1965
- Place of Birth:
- Waterford City, County Waterford, Republic of Ireland
- Bachelor of Education, 1986; Education Diploma, 1987
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The author of the popular i Artemis Fowl /i series is back with the third instalment of his i Legend /i series. Ostensibly for younger readers, this series about the adventures of brothers Will and Marty is not as action-packed as the author's fantasy books featuring chiuld-genius Fowl. But they are still good fun for readers of any age. i Worst Boy /i focuses on Will, the second of five boys. His parents are busy with his brothers, and he feels neglected. That is, until he finds a sympathetic ear in his grandfather, the somewhat eccentric caretake of a lighthouse. Every Saturday, the two swop stories of the worst things that have happened to them in a ritual commiseration and morbid competition. Of course, Will, who is nine, can't compete with Grandad's 70 years of horrible happenings, the most boast-worthy of which is a shark bite to the head. The old man's experiences help him put his own problems in perspective, but the boy still wants some stories tragic enough to impress his Grandad. To his joy, he discovers that he once had an exciting brush with death thanks to the machinations of his older brother, who turns out to be the titular 'worst boy in the world'. i The Legend /i stories take place in a more mundane world than that of the sense of fun and, as always, Colfer's wickedly funny sense of humor.