The Rotten Adventures of Zachary Ruthless (Rotten Adventures of Zachary Ruthles Series #1)
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The Rotten Adventures of Zachary Ruthless (Rotten Adventures of Zachary Ruthles Series #1)

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by Allan Woodrow, Aaron Blecha
     
 

Are you rotten enough to read this book?

Ha! And I mean that in a laugh-in-your-face, you’re not-really-rotten-at-all way. Have you ever destroyedthe planet? Turned earthworms into your personalarmy of doom? Refused to eat your broccoli andhidden it in your underwear? Well, never mind thatlast one. I mean, who hasn’t? But still, no one is asrotten as

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Are you rotten enough to read this book?

Ha! And I mean that in a laugh-in-your-face, you’re not-really-rotten-at-all way. Have you ever destroyedthe planet? Turned earthworms into your personalarmy of doom? Refused to eat your broccoli andhidden it in your underwear? Well, never mind thatlast one. I mean, who hasn’t? But still, no one is asrotten as Zachary Ruthless. In fact, his adventuresare so rotten you might want to just put this bookdown now and back away very slowly.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
If it's true that everyone loves a bad boy, Zachary should attract a sizable fan base. In this series launch by newcomer Woodrow, the 10-year-old is determined to snag the sole opening in the Society of Utterly Rotten, Beastly, and Loathsome Lawbreaking Scoundrels—aka SOURBALLS. This entails impressing the society's evildoers with his "most horrible deed." After recruiting his neighbor Newt as his "henchman," he purchases a "Box of Rotten," which is all he can afford on a Web site hawking gear for villains. Zachary attempts to use one of the box's "evil goodies," a pair of hypnotizing glasses, to turn the mayor into a zombie in order to take over the town. But the boys discover that the mayor (and his lieutenant mayor) have their own evil plots in place, hoping to join SOURBALLS. Boll weevils, a rubber cockroach, zucchini-flavored gum, and a girl wielding a squirt jar of mustard all help thwart Zachary's rivals' schemes. Blecha's high-energy cartoons add extra absurdity to this pun-studded slice of frivolity, which is likely to snare reluctant readers with a fondness for slapstick. Ages 8�12. (May)
Kevin Bolger
“Full of fiendish schemes, wickedly funny illustrations, and laughs—villainous and otherwise.”
School Library Journal
Gr 3�5—Ten-year-old Zachary Ruthless's parents are nice, really nice. When they learn that there are bad influences in town, they decide to send their son away to Sister Celia's School for Good Samaritans for the summer. Little do they know that Zachary is the mastermind behind the evil pranks happening in Plentyville, and he goes to great lengths to get accepted into the Society of Utterly Rotten, Beastly, Loathsome, Lawbreaking Scoundrels, otherwise known as SOURBALLS. The black-and-white cartoon drawings help the story along, as when Zachary opens a box of goodies that he has ordered from evilbadguystuff.com. Zachary's antics are a little over-the-top, the irony may be lost on younger readers, and some of the vocabulary is a little advanced for its intended audience. However, fans of Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants" series (Scholastic) will probably enjoy it. It meets the "gross" requirement with bugs, snakes, barf, and zombies. An additional purchase for those looking for series chapter books.—Tammy DiBartolo, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062005878
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/26/2011
Series:
Rotten Adventures of Zachary Ruthles Series , #1
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
590L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Kevin Bolger
“Full of fiendish schemes, wickedly funny illustrations, and laughs—villainous and otherwise.”

Meet the Author

Allan Woodrow, a.k.a. the Wooden Walrus, is confident you can’t prove he is an evil villain, or that he lives outside Chicago with his wife, their two daughters, and two goldfish. The goldfish are especially nasty and are currently under watch by the FBI.

Aaron Blecha, a.k.a. Captain Calamari, was raised by a school of giant squid in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He is now an artist designing toys, making cartoons, and illustrating children’s books in London. Reports of his leading an international squad of evil super fish cannot be substantiated.

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Rotten Adventures of Zachary Ruthless 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To short im a fast reader so thats bad for me
Carlson_5 More than 1 year ago
While I understood the humorous premise going into it, I was not prepared for the absolute hilarity of this book. It is really clever. So if your kids - like mine - are younger than the recommended 8-12 age group, you will not mind reading this one to them. It took 3 days for me and my 5 and 7 year olds to get through it. We read before bed, and the first 2 nights they were disappointed that we couldn't finish it. The 3rd night we also read the bonus chapter; they just couldn't get enough of Zachary and Newt! It may be helpful to let you know that my 7 year old is a girl - this is definitely NOT just a book for boys! She's been quoting phrases, developing creative characters and scenarios, and reading it for a second time on her own. Usually sensitive to gender differences (boys can't do xyz, girls only get to do xyz), she's been able to bridge the gap and actually like a male character. Way to go, Mr. Woodrow! I highly recommend this book to other parents - and kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago