Experiments of Doctor Vermin [NOOK Book]

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On a dark and scary Halloween night, Sheldon the short-order pig is out looking for work when his car breaks down. Gathering up his courage, he approaches an ominous-looking mansion and enters the twisted world of Dr. Edmund Vermin! Will poor Sheldon escape or be forever trapped in Dr. Vermin's laboratory? Things aren't what they seem in Tim Egan's latest zany tale of ravishing wolves, giant pigs and . . . horseradish!

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Experiments of Doctor Vermin

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Overview

On a dark and scary Halloween night, Sheldon the short-order pig is out looking for work when his car breaks down. Gathering up his courage, he approaches an ominous-looking mansion and enters the twisted world of Dr. Edmund Vermin! Will poor Sheldon escape or be forever trapped in Dr. Vermin's laboratory? Things aren't what they seem in Tim Egan's latest zany tale of ravishing wolves, giant pigs and . . . horseradish!

Sheldon, a pig who works as a short-order cook, encounters a mad scientist one stormy Halloween night and must face all of his biggest fears.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this wry sendup of horror cliches, an affable pig has car trouble in wolf country one dark and stormy Halloween. When he approaches a gloomy mansion for help, a diabolical scientist turns him into a giant. "You're huge, and I'm in complete control of your mind!" Dr. Vermin cackles. "But this was where the evil doctor was wrong." The hero foils Vermin and even overcomes his dread of wolves. Egan (A Mile from Ellington Station) sets a satiric tone with nuanced understatement. His earthy palette exudes firelit warmth, and his pliant, pillowy forms soften the spookiness. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature
Sheldon, a short-order cook, was out looking for work on the scariest night of the year. Not only was it Halloween, but a tremendous thunderstorm and howling wolves further terrified the little pig. When his car broke down, he went to a mansion to ask for help. Imagine his surprise when the step beneath him opened and he plummeted into a dark tunnel. The evil Dr. Edmund Vermin, who wanted to rule the world, experimented on poor frightened Sheldon. The pig grew to an enormous size and Dr. Vermin thought he was in complete control. Wrong! Sheldon refused to eat a liverwurst sandwich upon command, so Doctor Vernon gave the pig the boot. Gigantic Sheldon, in search of help, knocked on another door. It just so happened that the occupants were not what they appeared to be. They were actually wolves that had been turned into humans. When the unlikely trio goes in search of the evil scientist, more surprises await the reader. In this rollicking tale, Sheldon must face all of his greatest fears to save the world. Cartoon ink and watercolor paintings of a muted palette playfully capture the mood. Enjoy a wild and wacky story that is sure to keep young readers glued to their seats! 2002, Houghton Mifflin,
— Laura Hummel
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Sheldon, a porcine short-order cook, is driving along looking for work on his least favorite night of the year (Halloween) when his car breaks down. Then a loud clap and a distant howling in the dark woods terrify him, as he has a distinct fear of both thunder and wolves. And so begins the rollicking romp through the mansion of the evil Dr. Vermin, who captures Sheldon, turning him into a pig monster four times his original size. When the mad scientist realizes that he doesn't have control of his victim's mind, he kicks him out, and Sheldon runs next door for help, only to find two kindly humans who, he learns, are really wolves on whom Dr. Vermin has experimented. The pig admirably faces all of his fears, saving the day (or night, in this case) and securing a job in the process-cooking for the wolf couple. Egan's not-at-all-frightening artwork is full of amusing details, from the expressions of the evil doctor and terrified pig to the wolves in human form. Young children will enjoy the muted artwork as much as they will appreciate this super silly, slightly scary story.-Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher
"Egan poses stubby-limbed human and animal figures with small but expressive facial features that reflect the tongue-in-cheek tone...Sheldon [the main character] learns that inner stuff is more important than outer form or size."

Kirkus Reviews

"Author-illustrator Egan’s Rocky Horror picture book is an amusing homage to the movies of the 1930's this suspenseful effort is nail-bitingly good fun for young readers—and their parents." Booklist, ALA

“Young children will enjoy the muted artwork as much as they will appreciate this super silly, slightly scary story.” School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547348551
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/30/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • File size: 21 MB
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Meet the Author

Tim Egan is the author and illustrator of several offbeat and humorous tales for children. He is consistently recognized for his individuality and delightful illustrations. Born in New Jersey, Tim moved to California to attend the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He still lives in southern California with his wife, Ann, and their two sons. To learn more about Tim Egan, visit his Web site at www.timegan.com. For a complete list of books by Tim Egan, visit www.houghton mifflinbooks.com.

Tim Egan is the author and illustrator of several offbeat and humorous tales for children. Born in New Jersey, Tim moved to California to attend the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He still lives in southern California with his wife, Ann, and their two sons. To learn more about Tim Egan, visit his Web site at www.timegan.com.
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