Meerkat Madness

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Meerkat Madness is an uproarious mini-novel for kids in Barron's frantically funny, stupendously silly, and fun-filled Awesome Animals series. Kids will start laughing the moment they open this short, easy-to-read novel--and they'll keep on turning the pages to find out which new tricks these hilarious Meerkats are getting ready to concoct next. Comical black-and-white cartoon-style illustrations appear on many pages to capture the story's zany spirit. All Awesome Animals novels are divided into chapters, so ...
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Overview


Meerkat Madness is an uproarious mini-novel for kids in Barron's frantically funny, stupendously silly, and fun-filled Awesome Animals series. Kids will start laughing the moment they open this short, easy-to-read novel--and they'll keep on turning the pages to find out which new tricks these hilarious Meerkats are getting ready to concoct next. Comical black-and-white cartoon-style illustrations appear on many pages to capture the story's zany spirit. All Awesome Animals novels are divided into chapters, so that boys and girls can put the books down when Mom calls them for dinner--though kids will want to pick these stories up again as soon as they can!
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Part of the Awesome Animals series, originally published in the U.K., Whybrow's (Harry and the Dinosaurs) story lives up to its title. Once king of his meerkat tribe in the Kalahari Desert, Uncle Fearless has been relegated to babysitting three cubs after being weakened by an eagle owl attack. He regales his skeptical charges with tales of his "Glory Days," when he was befriended by a group of "Blah-blahs" (humans) who live in "pointy mounds" (tents) and drive "Vroom-vrooms" (cars). When the four meerkats come across a hollow pink elephant on wheels filled with strange (to them) items, they use the contents to outwit marauders, including a rival meerkat tribe and a cobra. The novel's humor derives largely from the power that everyday human items give the cubs: enemies flee when they see their own reflections in sunglasses or are blinded by a camera's flash. Hearn's lively illustrations magnify the silliness of the meerkats' antics and their inadvertent cleverness. Simultaneously available: Panda Panic by Jamie Rix, Penguin Pandemonium by Jeanne Willis, and Raccoon Rampage by Andrew Cope. Ages 7–up. (May)
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Prolific funnyman Whybrow's first meerkat adventure is a goofy mix of misunderstandings and mayhem… -- Kirkus Reviews

"Hearn's lively illustrations magnify the silliness of the meerkats' antics and their inadvertent cleverness." - Publisher's Weekly

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Meerkat adventures in the Kalahari Desert. Uncle Fearless used to be the king of the Sharpeyes, but after an unfortunate run-in with an eagle owl, the Silent Enemy, he was demoted to baby sitter. His three charges, Mimi, Little Dream and Skeema, are ready for their first visit Upworld. They've been raised on tales of Uncle Fearless' adventures during his Glory Days, when he was among the Blah-blah Tribes (humans): tales of the Ooolooks, the Whevubins and the Click-clicks, not to mention their huge, scary Vroom-vrooms. When Fearless and the young ones venture up, the young trio find the rest of the Sharpeyes don't think much of Fearless. So when they find a pink, elephant-shaped case full of Blah-blah artifacts, they decide to cross the desert to return it. Will they survive Vroom-vrooms, the return of the Silent Enemy and bands of hostile meerkats to find the pointed anthills of the Blah-blahs? Britain's Awesome Animals series penned by several stars of British children's literature comes to America. Each author creates adventures starring a different species; publishing simultaneously are Jeanne Willis' Penguin Pandemonium, Jamie Rix's Panda Panic and Andrew Cope's Raccoon Rampage. Prolific funnyman Whybrow's first of four (so far) meerkat adventures is a goofy mix of misunderstandings and mayhem with black-and-white spot illustrations by Hearn that add to the fun. An associated website and club extend the goofy fun. (Humor. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438003030
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Series: Awesome Animals
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,393,802
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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    Uncle Fearless was tending to the motherless meerkats, Skeema, L

    Uncle Fearless was tending to the motherless meerkats, Skeema, Little Dream, and Mimi. Their mother, Princess Fragrant, has been “taken by a wild dog” when they were wee things. They remembered that Flower had nursed them, but most of all they loved Uncle Fearless. They were getting ready to head to the Upworld and he tried to reassure them that everything would be just fine. Uncle Fearless would often tell them about his Glory Days, those fantastic days when he met up with the blah blahs and the oolooks. They were strange creatures who were led by Chief Click-click and there were really unusual things like vroom vrooms.




    “I’m not making this up!” declared Uncle Fearless, but no one believe him except his little ones. Ever since the eagle owl attack took out his eye and practically killed him he was a nobody to the Sharpeyes. Queen Heartless no longer wanted him as king and took his younger brother, Chancer, as king. Uncle Fearless was nothing but an old washed up babysitter who made up stories. He was once a fearless king, but no one believed this one-eyed fool. “We’re going on an adventure,” exclaimed Little Dream. They had dug up a mysterious egg chamber and crossing the desert to see those blah blahs and oolooks would prove that Uncle Fearless was really a king. Was he really a king or just a BIG liar?




    This a fabulously fun and zany adventure with Uncle Fearless and the meerkat pups. Uncle Fearless and his “adopted” pups are considered to be a bunch of misfits in Sharpeye society, but the discerning young reader instinctively knows that the old meerkat is no fool. Of course the trick is, is to cross that mighty desert and prove to everyone that his Glory Days were the real thing. The story line is told from the vantage point of the meerkats who think blah blahs and oolooks (humans) and their vroom vrooms (cars) and quite odd. Young adventurous readers will certainly enjoy this zany bunch and will learn a lot about meerkats in the process.




    Quill says: The “Awesome Animals” series is perfect for young mischief makers who enjoy seeing other young critters in action!

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