Toilet Paper Mummy (Icky Ricky Series #1)
  • Toilet Paper Mummy (Icky Ricky Series #1)
  • Toilet Paper Mummy (Icky Ricky Series #1)

Toilet Paper Mummy (Icky Ricky Series #1)

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by Michael Rex
     
 

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The creator of Goodnight Goon and The Runaway Mummy pulls from his mad-scientist brain a kid so attracted to slime, muck, dirt, and yuck he could only be called Icky Ricky.

Uh-oh! Icky Ricky is in trouble and has a lot of explaining to do. Why? Well, you see . . .

He did his homework on cheese slices, but got hungry and ate them.
He had his

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Overview

The creator of Goodnight Goon and The Runaway Mummy pulls from his mad-scientist brain a kid so attracted to slime, muck, dirt, and yuck he could only be called Icky Ricky.

Uh-oh! Icky Ricky is in trouble and has a lot of explaining to do. Why? Well, you see . . .

He did his homework on cheese slices, but got hungry and ate them.
He had his friends over for a sleepover . . . on the bedroom ceiling.
Harry, Icky Ricky's favorite hot dog, just landed in his dad's toolbox.
The town bully, Mean Dean, is looking to pound whoever lost his remote-controlled car. Was is Icky Ricky?

Icky Ricky is up to his eyebrows in mayhem—and in ick!

"Icky Ricky proves to be a satisfying new hero for readers who are ready for a more expansive view of the world than that offered by Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants series. . . .  Readers will easily conclude that Ricky is awesome!"—BooklistOnline
"Hits the gross-out sweet spot."—Kirkus
"I thoroughly enjoyed these books, and I look forward to more icky adventures from young Ricky."—Nick Bruel, author of Bad Kitty

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
Readers with a soft spot for gross-out humor will find plenty to keep them gagging in Rex's latest novel (Fangbone! Third-Grade Barbarian, 2012) for the early-middle-grade set. Told through a combination of vignettes about Ricky's icky escapades and such "Time-Saving Tips" as how to turn toothpaste into a tasty sandwich spread, this novel is a fast-paced, enjoyable read--but not for the faint of heart. From earwax to booger bubbles to mango, french-fry and fish-stick soup, the ick-factor bar is set high. It is raised even higher by illustrations that capture Ricky in all his gross glory. And with the exception of one chapter in which Ricky stands up to the town bully, gross is what this book is all about. While there is nothing particularly new or clever about this series opener, Rex fans eager for another dose of his trademark brand of humor will walk away satisfied. Certainly there are young girls who might get a kick out of the image of Ricky turning in homework on a piece of cheese or crafting a bicycle helmet out of a watermelon, but the antics of the predominantly male cast of characters will most likely appeal to young boys. The format of the novel, with its numerous illustrations and short chapters, also makes it a good bet for reluctant readers. Hits the gross-out sweet spot. (Fiction. 8-12)
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Icky Ricky is a wild little boy, although he has a good heart in that he looks out for a bully's little sister. The author has created ridiculous scenarios; it is okay if Ricky wastes food or puts ketchup and peanut butter on the ceiling. This early chapter book has a lot of destruction and not much substance. It probably won't appeal even to the crowd attracted to slime and dirt as Rex's goal seems to have been merely to fit in as many gross references as possible. Each page has a black-and-white cartoon illustration. Louis Sachar's Sideways Stories from Wayside School (HarperCollins, 1998) is a better option.—Elizabeth Swistock, Orange County Public Library, VA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307931672
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
05/14/2013
Series:
Icky Ricky Series, #1
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
542,637
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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What makes Icky Ricky so icky? Well, there was this time, for example . . .

Chapter #1
HOMEWORK CHEESE and THE BOOGER BUBBLE FREAKOUT
    Starring
THE NOT-SO-SAFE WATERMELON BIKE HELMET!
     Yesterday, Gus came over to my house and wanted to go bike riding. I couldn't find my bike helmet. So instead of wasting time looking for it, I decided to make a helmet.
     I brought a watermelon from the kitchen out to the front steps. I cut it in half with a plastic knife because I'm not allowed to use real knives and that took forever. Then I scooped out all of the insides. I put the watermelon on my head. It looked really cool. I had an awesome bike helmet, even though it was all drippy and stuff. Then Gus wanted a watermelon helmet, too. So we made his from the other half of the watermelon.
     We didn't know if the helmets were safe for bike riding, so we tested them. We dropped things on them, like a book, splop! And a shoe, clomp! And a wrench, blonk! And then a really big book, kasplop! Then we did one more test. We ran into a wall as hard as we could.
     Wham!
     Splop! The helmets cracked, and the juices and gunk ran all over our faces. We couldn't go bike riding.
But all of that testing had made us hungry. We went back to the steps and scraped all of the watermelon insides into a bowl. But there were ants in it now, and a leaf and a stick. I don't eat ants. (It's not fair to them.) We let the ants have the watermelon, and we picked out the seeds.
     We decided to have a watermelon seed-spitting contest.

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