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Potterwookiee (Creature from My Closet Series #2)
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Potterwookiee (Creature from My Closet Series #2)

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by Obert Skye
 

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The latest creature to emerge from Rob's closet is a cross between Chewbacca from Star Wars and Harry Potter. Rob names him "Potterwookiee" ("Hairy" for short) and soon Rob finds himself treading water as he tries to figure out how to care for his mixed-up friend. Great laughs and great books help Rob along the way.

Overview

The latest creature to emerge from Rob's closet is a cross between Chewbacca from Star Wars and Harry Potter. Rob names him "Potterwookiee" ("Hairy" for short) and soon Rob finds himself treading water as he tries to figure out how to care for his mixed-up friend. Great laughs and great books help Rob along the way.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Robert Columbo Burnside had been using his closet as a science lab. When his mom demands that he clean up his room, he throws his books and other items into the closet. Everything mixes together with the lab chemicals and out comes Potterwookiee: part Chewbacca and part Harry Potter. Robert calls him Hairy. Laugh-out-loud episodes ensue after Hairy falls into a trance because he has been attacked by the town's plague of owls. When Robert's friend Jack tells others about Hairy, the boy's friends come over to check him out. Most of them think he's a stuffed animal since he isn't moving, and they want to put him in the "flinger," a seesaw contraption that's best known for flinging ice-cream sandwiches. Meanwhile, Robert is being picked on by Wilt, the town bully, who steals his bicycle. He messes with everyone by pretending to fix their hair but gives them "Wilt-whirls" instead: hairdos so bad that they are impossible to comb out, even causing one kid to shave his hair into a reverse Mohawk. When Hairy comes out of his trance, he helps Robert and his friends get even with Wilt in a funny scene that takes place in the graveyard. The text is hysterical by itself, but acts as the straight man in relation to the one-two punch of the childlike drawings and captions that appear on almost every page. Get multiple copies of this book: it will fly off the shelves.Diane McCabe, John Muir Elementary, Santa Monica, CA
Publishers Weekly
As the title suggests, this second entry in Skye's humorous Creature in My Closet series features a mashup of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and Chewbacca the Wookiee from Star Wars. When a small, furry creature with a lightning bolt scar and a striped scarf emerges from 12-year-old Rob's bedroom closet, he knows exactly what to do, thanks to the experience he gained in Wonkenstein (2011), which saw the arrival of a Willy Wonka/Frankenstein hybrid. Rob heads to the library, and by reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and a Star Wars title, as well as enlisting the help of his not-always-helpful friends, Rob tries to stand up to a bully, win a cooking contest, and earn the respect of his crush. Speaking of hybrids, Skye captures all the silly action in the winning text-plus-cartoons format popularized by the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. Rob's dry commentary on his family, school, and social life is sure to provoke laughs. Next up: a third outing starring "Pinocula," teased at book's end. Ages 9–12. (Sept.)
From the Publisher

“The text is hysterical by itself, but acts as the straight man in relation to the one-two punch of the childlike drawings and captions that appear on almost every page. Get multiple copies of this book: it will fly off the shelves.” —School Library Journal

“The second doll-sized literary mashup to come out of a wimpy kid's magic closet adds wizardly spells [and] noxious smells...” —Kirkus Reviews

“A mashup of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and Chewbacca the Wookiee from Star Wars . . . sure to provoke laughs.” —Publishers Weekly

“Comfy antics for readers who don't probably much like reading--which, one thinks, is exactly the point.” —Kirkus Reviews on Wonkenstein

“Quite funny and has a lot of laugh-out-loud moments. . . . the idea of a hybrid Willy Wonka/Frankenstein character is original and hilarious.” —School Library Journal on Wonkenstein

“Highly amusing new series starter. . . . Skye gives Rob a self-deprecating charm and highlights the pleasures of books both subtly and effectively.” —Booklist on Wonkenstein

“Filled with spot-on commentary and a wince-inducing supporting cast, middle grade guys won't be able to keep Wonkenstein to themselves. . . . This pitch-perfect offering should appeal to reluctant readers, not to mention the legion Wimpy Kid fans.” —Shelf Awareness on Wonkenstein

Kirkus Reviews
The second doll-sized literary mashup to come out of a wimpy kid's magic closet (see Wonkenstein, 2011) adds wizardly spells and, far more frequently, noxious smells to a standard catalog of preteen misadventures. Having reintroduced his family ("I mean my mom calls me Ribert, and if she's not humiliating me, she's sleeping"), Robert explains the origins of the pocket companion he dubs "Hairy." He chattily goes on to record efforts to save his little buddy from rough friends, his little brother, a garbage truck and an aggressive owl, along with his repeated transformation into a dork whenever he runs into dreamboat neighbor Janae. Amid references to monkey waste, a modified version of Old Maid called "Yo Mama" and other strained laffs, he recruits said friends to reform a bully by tying the punk to a graveyard tree one night. He also creates what turns out to be a revolting concoction for a cooking contest in hopes of appearing on Average Chef, "TV's third most watched reality cooking show." Still sailing along in Jeff Kinney's wake format-wise, Skye presents Rob's tally of haps and mishaps in a mix of block print and frequent, wobbly line drawings with punch lines and side remarks in dialogue balloons. In the end, Hairy leaves his tiny wand as a keepsake and returns to the closet, setting the stage for Rob's next visitor: Pinocula. Maybe the next episode will be less derivative. There's always hope. (Comic fantasy. 9-11)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805097535
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
09/18/2012
Series:
Creature from My Closet Series , #2
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,132,263
Lexile:
820L (what's this?)
File size:
25 MB
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Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Read an Excerpt

CHAPTER 1

PROBLEMS
 

My name is Robert Columbo Burnside, and I have a problem. There, I said it. Although I really should have said, “My name is Robert Columbo Burnside, and I have a lot of problems.” For starters, I’m not completely sure how to begin this book.
My sister, Libby, is another problem. She’s constantly obnoxious and usually staring at herself in the mirror.
I’m also bothered by my younger brother, Kevin. We call him Tuffin because when I was little I couldn’t pronounce his name right, so I said Tuffin. The problem with him is that my mom insists on telling everyone the story about his name. Two days ago, when our new neighbor came over to borrow some sugar, my mom went out of her way to embarrass me.
I think that’s why parents were created, to embarrass us. Not that I don’t like my mom and dad, but they’re still a problem. I mean my mom calls me Ribert, and if she’s not humiliating me, she’s sleeping.
And my dad’s a problem because he’s constantly happy, even when things seem bad. He sells playground equipment to schools and cities, and he always wears a suit and tie. He loves his job.
My pets are sort of a problem. I have a fat dog named Puck, who whines and eats a lot, and a parrot named Fred. Fred escaped from his cage years ago, and we couldn’t catch him. Now he just spends his days flying around the house and pooping on everything.
My friends are definitely a problem. For example, just last week we accidentally broke the photo booth at the mall, and my dad had to pay two hundred dollars to get it fixed.
I guess you’re not supposed to have more than three people in the booth at a time. Now my dad has me cleaning things that don’t need cleaning just to pay him back.
My neighbor Janae is a problem. Okay, she isn’t really a problem, but her not being interested in me kind of is. We’re on much better terms since the dramatic poetry contest. Still, whenever I see her, I feel like every joint in my body stops working, and I come unhinged.
I think one of my biggest problems is that I have to keep writing stuff down. It’s not something I would normally do. I mean, to be completely honest …
It’s also sort of a bummer that I’m not even getting a grade for all these words. It’s like I’m doing an extra-credit project for no reason. Still, I know I have to document what is happening to me, because someday the world will need to know about the very biggest problem of all, MY CLOSET.
My closet used to be normal. It didn’t have a door, and I used to sit inside of it and play with my homemade science lab. Then my dad found an old door at a garage sale. I think there’s a good chance it’s the heaviest door in the world—my arms get sore just opening it. It also has a gold doorknob with a small bearded man I call Beardy engraved on it.
I’m not sure I like Beardy; he’s always looking at me weird. Once when I was gazing out my window and accidentally staring at Janae riding her bike with her friends, Beardy gave me a really smug look.
These days, however, Beardy’s not the oddest thing about my closet. The oddest thing began a short while ago when my mom forced me to clean my room. To make the job easier, I just shoved everything into my closet and shut the door. The new stuff mixed with the old lab supplies and the many books my mom was always giving me to read. A short while later my closet began to make disturbing noises.
When my best friend, Trevor, and I tried to figure out what was happening, we couldn’t get the door open. We tried to bust it down and pound off the knob, but nothing worked. Finally it popped open on its own, and there was Wonkenstein, a small, half Willy Wonka, half Frankenstein creature that caused me a lot of grief but also made things pretty exciting.
As soon as Wonk came out, my closet locked up. I tried everything to get it open, but Beardy kept it shut tight. I’m not positive what happens in there. My best guess is that all the lab supplies and all the books have begun to mingle. I think science chemicals are dripping down into the books and bringing mixed-up characters to life. I call it the Drip Theory.
Trevor calls it …
As soon as Wonk helped me solve my problem, he went back into the closet and disappeared. The only thing he left behind was his small cane, which I now keep on my dresser.
I thought that would be the end of the oddness, but soon after he left, my closet opened and I was visited by a new thing. Bits of him were hairy and fuzzy like Chewbacca the Wookiee from Star Wars. Other parts of him were sort of Harry Potterish. He’s a little smaller than Wonkenstein, and he smells like a wet dog. He also showed up wearing a scarf, glasses, and a robe, and he was holding a wand. He has long hair over parts of his body. If I were a scientist I’d say …
Since I’m not a scientist, I decided to just call him something shorter—Hairy. He was friendly and interesting right from the start.
He’s also my biggest problem at the moment. And as I was riding my bike to the library to do some research on him, I had a bad feeling that things were going to get worse before they got better. Hairy wiggled in my backpack. I thought about my dad and what he always says whenever he has a problem …
If it’s true, I think I’m about to become one of the stickiest kids around.

 
Copyright © 2012 by Obert Skye

Meet the Author

Obert Skye is the author and illustrator of The Creature from My Closet: Wonkenstein. He has also written the bestselling children's fantasy adventure series for Simon and Schuster, Leven Thumps, and Pillage.


Obert Skye is the author and illustrator of The Creature from My Closet: Wonkenstein. He has also written the bestselling children's fantasy adventure series Leven Thumps and Pillage.

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Potterwookiee 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
TimLogeTeenLibrarian More than 1 year ago
Kids here in Chandler are REALLY enjoying the Wimpy Kid like novel Potterwookiee. This is the second book in The Creature From My Closet series by Obert Skye. The main character, Robert, has a closet stuffed full of old science experiment and books. Good books his parents put into his hands, but that he hadn’t bother to read. One day Robert notices that the handle on his closet had changed. It has a man’s face on it; Rob names him Beardy. Well, before you know it, a doll sized creature, Wonkenstein (book one), pops out of his closet. In book two Rob meets a creature who’s a cross between Harry Potter and Chewbacca. Rob calls him Hairy! In this story you learn about the neighborhood Flinger: a plastic plank laying across a log that’s best used to flinging ice cream sandwiches into the air, a bully named Wilt, and a TV show named Average Chef. Eventually Rob reads the stories Hairy comes from to learn more about him. The laughs come quick and fast making this is an excellent book for kids looking for a fun read. Book three will feature the creature Pinocula. I have no idea where Obert Skye will take that story. I’m sure it will be funny, but hopefully not to bloody!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is sooo intence! And very humble! I read this book to my child (18) every night and he still loves it! It is so greatley written! The words are lyracle! Its easy cuz I barley speack inglesh. I always with I've this book 10000000 percent pure and beutifle! The author is great like sheakspear! But not as good as mozart. :(... I could go on for hours about how much I luve this book! I recomend it to your 13 year old childs...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWESOME
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Best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book. I've read it as a book itself but it won't comee on my nook. The sample worked but the full book didn'nt work. I also don't like how samples end in the middle of the sentence
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extremely entertaining, but why is the first one not an e-book?
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BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Awesomest book ever
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Awesome
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my 2nd grade class and they ate it up. They couldn't get enough. And I enjoyed it myself :) Very fun read.
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This was a good book but I read it way to fast because it was mostly pictures
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Still reading a wow so far
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was so boring, I fell asleep reading it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was the worst thing I ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So fun to read it wil knock your socks off !
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Great book"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny and witty
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good
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todays my birth day it a cool book hi by
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It dosent work with me and Vannesa Morgan is hot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY ITS A HORRIBLE BOOK