Rem World: Where Nothing is Real and Everything is about to Disappear

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Arthur Woodbury is tired of being called fat. So he's purchased a special product that is supposed to help him lose weight. But when he puts on the helmet like the instructions say, his world vanishes before his eyes. Now he is trapped in REM World, a place where nothing is as it seems. And it's not enough just to find his way home. By entering REM World, Arthur accidentally released a terrible creature called Nothing and it's now up to Arthur to save the world!
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Overview

Arthur Woodbury is tired of being called fat. So he's purchased a special product that is supposed to help him lose weight. But when he puts on the helmet like the instructions say, his world vanishes before his eyes. Now he is trapped in REM World, a place where nothing is as it seems. And it's not enough just to find his way home. By entering REM World, Arthur accidentally released a terrible creature called Nothing and it's now up to Arthur to save the world!
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Booklist--May, 2000

Philbrick, Rodman. REM World. May 2000.192p. Scholastic/Blue Sky, $16.95 (0-439-08362-1).
Gr. 4-6. Ten-year-old Arthur Woodbury, aka "Biscuit Butt," among other lard-laden nicknames, sends away for the REM sleep machine, which promises weight loss over- night. But Arthur doesn't read the directions properly, and he finds himself stuck in the REM world. What's worse, the universe is about to be overtaken by the great Nothing, and the only one who can reverse the death sentence is Arthur. What follows is a fast and furious journey into an alternative universe that features such creatures as the Frog People, the Cloud People, river ser- pents, giants, and a horrifying demon. Together with his monkey-like guide, Morf, Arthur transcends a tidal wave, avoids being eaten by a giant, learns to fly, and, oh yes, saves the universe. This reads like a treatment of an animated movie, and although some readers will appreciate the nonstop action, the interesting Arthur, who becomes Arthur Courage, gets lost in the tumult. Still, librarians may want to suggest this to young Harry Potter fans, who will recognize the misfit hero in a strange, new world. -Ilene Cooper

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An 11-year-old orders a weight-loss device, but because he fails to follow the directions, he unleashes a force that could destroy the universe. Imaginative characters and a string of cliffhangers make this science-fiction novel a fun and faced-paced read, said PW. Ages 9-14. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Arthur, an overweight, fatherless adolescent, knew his mom didn't understand him. He spent many hours alone in their basement. And he knew that all he needed was a $9.99 miracle weight loss device, directions followed to the letter, and a night of sleep to wake up thinner and smarter. Upon awakening, or so he thought, he quickly learned that he only had read one side of the directions for the REM device and was now trapped in REM World with a peculiar character names Morf. Encounters with fog monsters, giants, cloud people, and Vydel's Mouth propel Arthur closer to both home and an acceptance and belief in himself. Imaginative, fast-paced action from the author of Freak the Mighty. 2000, Blue Sky Press/Scholastic, Ages 9 to 14, $16.95. Reviewer: Mary Sue Preissner
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Gr 3-6-This fantasy may appeal to a young audience unfamiliar with the genre, but it leaves much to be desired. Arthur Woodbury, 10, has had enough of fat jokes, so when he sees an ad for a sleep device that guarantees weight loss, he wastes no time. However, he fails to read the instructions completely, and the magic helmet deposits him in REM World, creating a conundrum that violates the laws of the universe. Arthur must get home, or the creeping Nothing will envelop Everything and the universe will cease to exist. In action-packed, cliff-hanging chapters, Arthur is helped by REM World beings ("Morf," "Grog," "Mr. Pockets") and earns himself a new name, Arthur Courage. The plot wanders from one surprising encounter to the next, with only a cursory mythology to explain Nothing and Everything, and an underdeveloped setting, so that REM World never quite feels like an actual place. Arthur is miraculously thin when he returns home, but the explanation that he's been unusually active over the course of a few days doesn't suffice. In fact, the issue of Arthur's body shape drops out of the picture while he's in REM World (it's the "courage" issue that surfaces there), so this framing device for the story seems hollow. It also is conspicuously reminiscent of Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth (Knopf, 1961), in which this device is carried through and developed. Despite the thinness in plot, REM may hold appeal for some reluctant readers; Philbrick's narrative voice is exciting and pulls the right strings.-Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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What a pleasant relief to find REM World, by Rodman Philbrick! Here's an interesting, fast-paced, fantasy novel that is not loaded with violence and gore.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439083621
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/1900
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.57 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author


Rodman Philbrick is the author of six award-winning novels for young readers. His first novel, Freak the Mighty, won the California Young Reader Medal. It was received with great acclaim and has sold more than a million copies. The sequel, Max the Mighty, received starred reviews, and his novel The Fire Pony was named a 1996 Capital Choice. His more recent books for the Blue Sky Press are REM World; The Last Book in the Universe, which was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and The Young Man and the Sea, which received a starred review from School Library Journal. He and his wife live in Maine and the Florida Keys.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2004

    5 stars!

    this book is amazing!i normally just read books either because i have to for school or i really enjoy the first part.i just couldnt put this book down.it was as if i became the main character and went on all his journeys.this book truly will take you on an exciting ride.you definitely should read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2003

    Not too shabby...

    This book actually wasn't too bad! I read it at IAC (Interlochen Arts Camp) every night before I went to bed, but it only took me about three nights to read. It was actually pretty interesting. The main character was a pretty big fatso...heh heh...but if you happen to find this book in a library and you can't find anything else to read, go on and pick it up...it's a nice book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2002

    a.k.a Biscuit Butt

    As said as above. Aruther Woodbury is tired of being teased for being fat so he purcases a miracle device that can help him loose weight when asleep. However, he fails to read the more detailed rules and therefore, ends in a magical place called Rem. Aruther must learn to fly, meet guidance, and be brave with his partner Morf in order to save the universe from the Nothing that he has released. I enjoyed this book, finding it quite entertaining and funny. I found myself laughing and thinking and smiling at its plot and details and the characters. I hope you enjoy it too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2001

    The book that can take you enywhere

    Rem World is an excellent book for all ages. This book is about a boy named Arthur who wants to become thin. So he finds a comic book that has adds for people with weight problems.But when the big box comes into the mail,Arthur finds a odd shaped helmet puts it on and falls fast asleep.Arthur wakes up in a world on imagination. With odd little creature that rome about. But Arthur forgets his helmet and the Nothing is trying to distroy the world! So it is up to Arthur to save the universe. But along the way he meets the Frog people,a giant, and the cloud people.This book funny and enjoyable book is a must read!!!!

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