Fred and Anthony's Horrible, Hideous Back-to-School Thriller

Fred and Anthony's Horrible, Hideous Back-to-School Thriller

by Elise Primavera
     
 

Horror has never been so absurd.

After a bloodcurdling summer at camp, Fred and Anthony are eager to get back to watching horror movies and slacking off at school. But on their first day back, the boys' plans are dashed by some chilling changes at Sunny Babbling Brook Elementary.

Their nicest teachers have been replaced by maniacs, and the cafeteria

Overview

Horror has never been so absurd.

After a bloodcurdling summer at camp, Fred and Anthony are eager to get back to watching horror movies and slacking off at school. But on their first day back, the boys' plans are dashed by some chilling changes at Sunny Babbling Brook Elementary.

Their nicest teachers have been replaced by maniacs, and the cafeteria now serves nothing but organic health food. Then worse, a new kid named Billy Bob Bomzie, son of the infamous Mr. Bomzie, shows up to torment the boys.

Right away Fred and Anthony are framed for a rash of weird accidents at school.  Clearly Billy Bob is guilty, but the whole school is suddenly in love with him. Not only that, he's rolling in awards and dough for his hit picture book, which is thirty-two blank pages. How can this be? The boys suspect he is receiving help from some being in the Netherworld in charge of making dreck popular.


Now it's up to Fred and Anthony and their new ally, the Phantom of the Mop Closet, to defeat the dark forces at Sunny Babbling Brook. While they're at it, maybe they can find the supernatural force to make their own dreck popular and rake in some dough!
 

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-5

In their fourth adventure, slackers Fred and Anthony, having escaped from the Netherworld, are ready to return to Sunny Babbling Brook Elementary for another school year. To their horror, they find many changes: their doughnut-eating gym teacher has been replaced by a fitness fanatic, the cafeteria now serves arugula and oatmeal sandwiches instead of Pez and Chex Mix, and their new classroom teacher is obsessed with both testing and orthopedic footwear. When a new student arrives and mysterious accidents start to occur, the boys know it can only mean one thing: disgruntled spirits from the Netherworld want revenge. Fred and Anthony must journey there once more to return their school to normal. This title has the same mixed format as the previous books (blocks of text broken up with illustrations and cartoon-style panels), and a whirlwind summary of the first three adventures updates readers who aren't familiar with them. It's high on action with little development of character or setting. Although there's plenty of bodily humor, some of the jokes seem to be aimed more at adults: Do children even know what Earth shoes are? Consider this if the other titles are popular or if kids need something to read after they've exhausted all the "Captain Underpants" titles.-Jackie Partch, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786836840
Publisher:
Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date:
07/29/2008
Series:
Fred and Anthony Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
7 - 11 Years

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