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Booker Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle delivers his first book for children -- and it's guaranteed to make them giggle! The fun begins with the Gigglers -- a rascally bunch of elf-like creatures who look after children to make sure adults are being fair to them. Whenever adults are mean to kids -- be it by sending them to bed without supper, lying to them, or even making them wear clothes they hate -- they get the Giggler Treatment: poo on the shoe! In this deliciously rude, irreverent, and silly tale, a man's cookie tasting job takes a stinky turn when the Gigglers decide to take matters into their own hands. But this time, the Gigglers have made a mistake. Can the Treatment be stopped before Mister Mack takes that last, fateful smelly step?
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In his first story for children, Booker Prize winner Doyle (Paddy Clarke, Ha Ha Ha) pens a robustly silly romp served up with a generous helping of Irish cheek. At the outset of the tale, Mister Mack, a biscuit tester, is about to step in "dog poo." Displaying a gleefully sadistic sense of timing, Doyle draws out the suspense to outrageous lengths, interrupting his narrative with chapter after chapter of digressions that keep readers squirming in their seats until does the patriarch step in it or doesn't he? Besides bulletins on the number of inches remaining between Mister Mack's shoe and the poo, the author introduces the dog behind it (the Mack family's pooch, Rover) and the small, furry, chameleon-like creatures called Gigglers who have gone to great pains to collect it (Gigglers watch over children and give adults who are unfair to them "the Giggler Treatment," or "poo on the shoe"), as well as Mister Mack's alleged offense. When the facts come to light, it's up to the Mack boys, their baby sister, the Giggler they have caught, Rover and their mum to avert the impending poo-disaster. A bracingly rude dose of fun. Ages 9-12. (Aug.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Dog-poo awaits Mr. Mack. This is the Giggler Treatment, a punishment for adults who have been mean to children. Gigglers got their name because giggle is what we do when someone steps in dog-poo--giggle, guffaw, embarrass, and inconvenience, but never truly hurt. Booker award-winning author Roddy Doyle tells us that Gigglers "look after children." The blurry little critters conjured by artist Brian Adjhar--who are no more than a few blurry pencil-strokes to suggest hats or bags on heads, wearing fuzzy sleepers, peering mischievously around corners, blending into whatever color they are next to (except purple), carrying expressions both merry and sly--sneak about like small Robin Hoods of the spirit, redressing the wrongs done to children everywhere. That he has the ear and eye for what will tickle children's fancy in a deep, funny, and fulfilling way shows the breadth of Doyle's vision. Under the anal humor, countless digressions, silliness, and antic illustrations is a message of serious comfort for children who are at the mercy of adult callousness. This rollicking romp also lets kids know that some adults are zanily, irreverently, and irrevocably on their side. A glossary explains Irish usage as well as providing further occasion for laughter. 2000, Scholastic Press,
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-The award-winning adult novelist offers a delightfully funny and gross book that should appeal to the many fans of Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants" series (Scholastic). Gigglers are furry little creatures that punish adults who treat children badly by placing "dog poo" in their path. The action of this story actually takes place in less than a minute, as a cookie taster named Mister Mack heads for the poo planted by some well-meaning Gigglers. The misunderstood victim, however, doesn't really deserve the Treatment, so his children, his wife, one Giggler, and the dog that produced the poo rush frantically to prevent the disaster. Doyle's narrative jumps back and forth and includes many amusing diversions, including a history of Gigglers, secret information about dogs, and several appearances of talking cream crackers. Ridiculous chapter titles and a funny glossary of such Irish terms as "doing rudies" and "mind the poo" add to the humor. The plot gets a little too bizarre when Rover the dog takes a "shortcut" through Egypt and France, but even this nonsensical segment includes some funny bits. The comical pen-and-ink cartoons will bring additional giggles. The presence of dog poo as a major element will be enough to draw some readers, but the imaginative narrative and clever plotting make this more than just another silly read.-Steven Engelfried, Deschutes County Library, Bend, OR Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Abbott Combes
The story is, just by its premise, slightly naughty, but nicely so, never offensively. Has a child ever not tittered about body functions, be they of man or beast? (Second graders, it seems to me, should be ready to handle the book themselves; after that, anybody who can still see the pages. And it was made for read-aloud family fun, no matter how young the audience.) It's in sum, and not to damn the book with the clichéd praise of reviews, a delight. It really is clever, insightful, sensical, nonsensical, knowing, amusing, witty, wacky. It makes you laugh out loud; it makes you laugh to yourself. It gives you a contagious case of the you-know-whats.
New York Times Book Review
Kirkus Reviews
Beware, all grown-ups who are contemplating being mean to a child. Do so at your peril. Pay no heed to this warning and you'll be in for . . . the Giggler Treatment! In this funny, very silly, and very gross story for middle graders, Booker-winning Irish author Doyle (for adults, Dunbar, Joyce THE VERY SMALL Illus. by Debi Gliori Harcourt Brace (26 pp.) Oct. 2000
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439163002
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.33 (w) x 7.66 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Roddy Doyle
Roddy Doyle
Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. He is the author of 6 acclaimed novels, and Rory and Ita, a memoir of his parents. He won the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.


From the Hardcover edition.
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Interviews & Essays

An Interview with Roddy Doyle

Q: Why did you decide to write a children's book?

A: I wanted to see if I could do it. I admire good children's books; I love reading them to my own children. After years of reading other writer's books, I decided to see if I could write a book of my own to read to my children.

Q: How did you get the idea for The Giggler Treatment?

A: A walk from my house to the local shops involves constant sidestepping and slaloming, constant vigilance—a straight-line route is impossible because of the dog poo that festoons the footpath. I decided to turn this smelly negative into a positive and to celebrate the sheer volume of poo on Dublin's streets.

Q: How long did it take to write this book?

A: Not very long. Perhaps a month. I spent an hour at the end of each working day writing it.

Q: Did you approach writing The Giggler Treatment differently than your adult books?

A: Yes. I wrote a page or so a day, then read it to my children to get their reactions. Then, the next day, I'd rewrite and then write more and, again, read it to my children and, again, make adjustments—put back things they missed, take out things they didn't like. It became part of our after-school routine for a while. They were my editors.

Q: How did you come up with the characters in the book? Are any of them based on people you know in real life?

A: Like all the characters I've ever invented, they came out of my head. The seagull, however, is based on an old schoolteacher, and I used to go drinking with the cream crackers.

Q: The chapter headings are cleverly done. Did you have a plan as to what each chapter was going to be called, or did you come up with the idea as you went along?

A: I made up the chapters as I went along. I thought the story was best told in short chapters, and then it seemed more fun to make each chapter break a little event.

Q: Do you have a favorite part in the book?

A: I think I like the first time we meet Rover best. It still makes me laugh. I enjoyed inventing him. I like the way his head works.

Q: Do you think this book will appeal to adults?

A: I hope so. But who can say?

Q: Do you plan on writing a sequel? Or a series of books for children?

A: I hope to write more children's books. I have one vague plan and hope to give it flesh in the months before Christmas. It will involve the return of Rover and some of the other characters and some new ones.

Q: What is the first book/story you ever wrote?

A: A novel that has never been published—because it is bad. I spent four years writing it; 1982 to 1986. My first published book was The Commitments (1987).

Q: Did you always want to be a writer?

A: I think I was about 15 when the idea of writing became sort of a vague ambition. It remained vague for years. I didn't really start writing seriously for another ten years.

Q: Where, when, and how do you write?

A: I write in a room at the back of my home in Dublin. I work between 9 and 5, Monday to Friday. I try to make my work fit in with the family routine. I write on a word processor. I write, say, a page or two. Then I go over it the next day and the next, making sure it's exactly what I want, that it knits well with the previous pages and the following ones. I constantly "worry" the page and the words on it, until it and they are as good as I can make them.

Q: How do you think your view of the world has changed now compared to when you were a child?

A: Of course when I was a child the world was flat. Now it's round. When I was a child we had a black-and-white TV. Now we have color. When I was a kid I wouldn't eat sardines. Now I love them.

Q: What books and authors did you read as a kid? Which are your biggest influences?

A: I read a lot when I was a child, but I don't remember many authors. I loved the William books by Richmal Crompton. I read everything by Enid Blyton. There was a book by Edwin O'Connor, called Benjy, that I loved. It was sent to me by an uncle who worked in the U.S. It was probably my favorite children's book.

I'm not sure about influences. They seem to vary from book to book. The shape and pace of The Giggler Treatment are, to an extent, inspired by the Captain Underpants books. But, also, Monty Python had an influence.

Q: As a child, were you disappointed in adults' behavior?

A: Of course.

Q: What advice would you give to young writers today?

A: Allow the writing to become part of your day. Get into the habit. Accumulate pages of your work. Give yourself time—time is a great editor. Don't judge your work until you have put it aside for a reasonable length of time.

Q: What do you like best about writing a book for children?

A: Just that...it is aimed at children. Virtually all of my other work has been for adults. All the movies I've scripted, for example, have been graded "Over 15." It's nice to be able to read something of my own to my kids and not have to wait until they are old enough to read my other work.

Q: If you were not writing, what might you be doing instead?

A: I was a schoolteacher for 14 years. I'd probably still be doing that.

Q&A courtesy of Scholastic Press, a division of Scholastic Inc.

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  • Posted April 14, 2010

    The Giggler Treatment By Roddy Doyle, Brian Aihar(illustrator)

    Every parent steps in dog poo every once in a while, but do you know why this happens? The reason for this stinky prank is that if your parent or any adult is ever mean to you or any child the gigglers, three small ,fuzzy creatures, sneakily set a chunk of fresh dog poo underneath their foot right for it to squish all over their nice, squeaky -clean shoe. Like your parents and many others this probably happens quite frequently, especially to Mister Mack.
    Mister Mack works at a biscuit testing factory testing biscuit after biscuit after biscuit, all day long. Then he takes a pleasant walk home around supper time. One day Mister Mack was taking his usual sluggish walk to work and right beneath his foot was a nice fresh chunk of dog poo, because of his disciplining the night before.
    I liked this book because of its hilarious humor. The vocabulary of the book is my favorite though because of its Irish terminology. I thought this was a good book although I wish it would be a bit longer because it's really short. This book is for kids around ages 5-9. Although this book is for children younger than me, I give it four stars ( ) out of five. I gave it four stars because when I was a small child it was my favorite book to read before I went to bed, but I have kind of grown out of it now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2006

    comedy

    I Okay. I admit it. Gigglers aren¿t real but they make the story funny! And that¿s just why I (Michael Davis) like The Giggler Treatment! Mr. Mack is about to step in poo(p) and its up to the rest of his idiotic family to save his shoes! I recommend it because it¿s funny! I would tell you what the Gigglers are but if you want to know then read the book! (Whoops! I almost forgot! 8 and 9 year olds that like comedy will love this book because it¿s funny!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2005

    funny book

    This book was very funny, it made me laugh a lot. I enjoyed this book a lot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2005

    Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!

    This book is about these little creatures, called Gigglers, who make sure that they punish any parent or adult that is mean to a child. If this does accur then they will find a big pile of dog poo and place it in their path, but they do it so fast that the adult never sees them do it. This book is very hilarious and humurous, you can't put it down. I know that I got yelled at a couple of times for reading too late in the night, but hopefully you won't do that. I definately recommend this book to those who enjoy jokes and are up for a funny story, cause book is 100% fun and jokes. Have fun reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2003

    Hilarious!!!!!

    Hilarious, funny, enjoyable, Roddy Doyle is defenatly an all-around author. He writes well for adults as well, my father enjoyed: The Van.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2002

    The coolest book ever!

    This is the funniest book i have ever read! I laughed the whole way through it and almost peed my pants once! I love funny books that are almost kinda stupid!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2001

    Giggles!Giggles!

    I'm in fifth grade and even though it is a young reader book I still loved the ...Talking Cream Crackers, the seagull who hated fish, Kayla, Mr. Mack, Robby and Jimmy. The gigglers are on the mission to get Mr. Mack to step in the poo. The adorable Kayla says Aba throughout the whole book but everyone seems to understand her. When you read this book you'll be in for a real treat!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2000

    Hilarious!

    I read this one to my 4th grade class and they went nuts. Revenge on adults, dog poo, talking cream crackers, a talking seagull who hates fish; it was awesome! The Irish dictionary in the back was a great idea!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2000

    Gigglers, A Dog and His Poo, What more can you ask for!

    I laughed all the way through this book. I gave it as a gift to my 10 year old nephew. I read it to my 3rd and 4th graders. The gigglers are just what the librarian ordered. Finally, a funny book that was literate. This book should make everyones holiday list for children of all ages!

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