Great-Grandpa's in the Litter Box (Zack Files Series #1)

Great-Grandpa's in the Litter Box (Zack Files Series #1)

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by Dan Greenburg
     
 

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Zack wants to adopt a kitten from the local animal shelter. But what he takeshome instead is a scruffy old tomcat who not only talks, but claims to be thereincarnation of Zack's long-departed Great-Grandpa Julius!See more details below

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Zack wants to adopt a kitten from the local animal shelter. But what he takeshome instead is a scruffy old tomcat who not only talks, but claims to be thereincarnation of Zack's long-departed Great-Grandpa Julius!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Rebecca Joseph
Greenberg appears to strike a cord, or perhaps a funny bone, with kids in his "The Zack Files" series. Great-Grandpa's in the Litter Box has Zack seeking a pet kitten, but ending up with a tomcat who claims he is his great-grandfather. Together they find the loot that great-grandpa stashed in a bank account and all ends well. It is a funny story, accompanied by quirky black and white illustrations, and a good choice for kids reading below their grade level.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5Zack is a normal 10-year-old boy with a knack for getting into weird situations. In Wanda, he attempts to rid his apartment of a rude eight-year-old poltergeist who communicates by spelling out words with peanut M&Ms. In Litter Box, he plans to adopt a kitten but instead acquires a cantankerous talking cat that claims to be the reincarnation of his great-grandfather. He sees his reflection in the Medicine Cabinet mirror and falls through into a skewed world that its inhabitants consider much "cooler" than ours. An electrical accident occurs at school and Zap!Zack can hear thoughts, including a bloodthirsty voice expressing an eagerness to kill. The stories have a whacked-out, off-the-wall humor that is reminiscent of the work of Daniel Pinkwater. At the same time, they neatly poke fun at the conventions of popular horror series. Kids will find some of the episodes tremendously funny. Great-Grandpa the cat threatens to "take a leak" on the sofa if Zack doesn't provide him with his preferred food (herring with sour cream!); Wanda and a fellow ghost yank down a bully's pants. The books are short without looking babyish and would appeal to reluctant readers as well as those with a taste for oddball humor.Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780330353526
Publisher:
Pan Macmillan
Publication date:
08/08/1997
Series:
Zack Files Series, #1
Pages:
64
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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