Meltdown Madness (Looniverse Series #2)

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Looniverse #2 is even wackier than the first book!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

Ed has to sell chocolate bars to raise money for his soccer team, but the bars have all...

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Overview


Looniverse #2 is even wackier than the first book!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

Ed has to sell chocolate bars to raise money for his soccer team, but the bars have all melted. He must find another way to raise money--and fast! Ed uses his newfound ability to make strange things happen, but his plans go awry and Ed ends up needing money for the soccer team, his friend Mouse, AND two new windows! With surreal and funny antics throughout, the second book in this heavily illustrated early chapter book series is sure to keep kids laughing.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for PUNISHED!
"This lighthearted fantasy would be an excellent classroom read-aloud. The language concepts are deftly explained and the clever, wordplay-filled dialogue provides numerous examples. There is an emphasis on problem-solving and self-reliance as well . . . [Young readers] will howl at the atrocious puns and repeat them at the earliest opportunity. Be prepared for an epidemic of juvenile punsters." -SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"Wordplay is at the heart of this funny, surreal adventure in which even the title is a pun . . . An appealing mix of magic and silliness." -BOOKLIST

Praise for the WEENIES collections
"Lubar creates characters who will quickly engage readers." -SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"Suspenseful, surreal tales [that] will delight reluctant and ravenous readers alike." -BOOKLIST

"Reluctant readers will devour it." -SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
In this kid-friendly book from the "Looniverse" series, Ed's mission appears easy: He just has to sell chocolate bars to earn money for his soccer team. But before he begins, situations go "loony." Whatever Ed says is taken literally, and all kinds of hilarious circumstances arise when he speaks. For starters Mouse, the fast-running brother of Ed's friend, offers to run the chocolate bars to Ed's house so they won't melt. It is already blazing hot outside, and Ed tells him to "go as fast as possible." That's a mistake! Mouse's speed leaves a trail of flames on the pavement; by the time he gets to Ed's the chocolates are melting from Mouse's body heat. A dilemma arises: Now, Ed has to sell melted chocolate bars. As Ed and his friends search for a solution, or an alternative method of earning money for the team, more bizarre happenings occur. Some involve the appearance of a pig and horse in Ed's house; another involves changing the hair on his sister's doll to gold. A fast pace, rib-tickling humor, and ease-of-reading make this a perfect choice for youngsters who are new independent readers. Short chapters, written at a second grade level, appeal to readers in grades one through three. Zany illustrations decorate every page with added humor. The unique twists of language and the results will help readers understand how words are important. Readers who enjoy this book will gravitate to others in the series. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
Kirkus Reviews
It's all about the chocolate in this episode, but Ed's struggles with the literal-minded magic coin he found in the series opener (Stranger Things, 2013) continue. Ed unwisely chooses a carton of chocolate bars to sell for a school fundraiser and then compounds the error by urging a helpful friend to carry them out of the hot sun "as fast as possible!" Ed arrives home to discover that traveling at just under the speed of light has melted the bars into unsalable mush. As if that's not pickle enough, thanks to the magic coin in his pocket, references to certain well-known proverbs leave money talking and the temperature zooming up and down after Ed's little brother Derwin does something about the weather by making a cardboard thermostat (instead of just complaining about it). Even mentioning "pigtails" and a "ponytail" to his sisters has livestock leaving messes under the kitchen table--and "bangs" nearly results in a catastrophe. Easy of language and liberally endowed with jokes, twists and comical line drawings, the tale scrambles its way energetically to a chocolaty resolution based on an old saw about lemons and lemonade. A goofy romp through suddenly fungible reality, not as self-consciously clever as the previous episode and all the better for it. (Fantasy. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545496049
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Series: Looniverse Series , #2
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 84,368
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

David Lubar

David Lubar created a sensation with his debut novel, HIDDEN TALENTS, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. He is the author of over twenty books, including PUNISHED! (A Junior Library Guild Selection), the WEENIES short story collections, and the popular middle-grade series NATHAN ABERCROMBIE: ACCIDENTAL ZOMBIE. LOONIVERSE is his first early chapter book series. David lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, his daughter, and three cats.

Matt Loveridge likes to draw subjects that expose the lighter side of life, so he loves illustrating children’s books! LOONIVERSE is his first children’s book series. Matt lives in Utah with his beautiful, supportive wife and their three rambunctious kids (who are a constant source of inspiration!).

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