Snarf Attack, Underfoodle, and the Secret of Life: The Riot Brothers Tell All

Snarf Attack, Underfoodle, and the Secret of Life: The Riot Brothers Tell All

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by Ethan Long
     
 

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Move over, Captain Underpants, a couple of new pranksters are in town. Narrated by fifth-grader Wilbur and featuring his third-grade brother, Orville, this hilarious story follows the antics of two boys with overactive imaginations and a comfortable sibling relationship. The action is divided into three “books,” with six chapters each. In the first, the

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Move over, Captain Underpants, a couple of new pranksters are in town. Narrated by fifth-grader Wilbur and featuring his third-grade brother, Orville, this hilarious story follows the antics of two boys with overactive imaginations and a comfortable sibling relationship. The action is divided into three “books,” with six chapters each. In the first, the brothers are determined to catch a crook. They make a windfall by giving lessons in being annoying to their classmates, are reprimanded by the principal (who is also their mother), and still manage to foil a bank robber on the way home from school.
Next, while searching for treasure, they find a mysterious box in the closet. After they finally open it, they discover that the contents, although not worth money, are still valuable. The final installment has the duo building a catapult designed to overthrow a king and using it instead to defeat a bully.
Full-colour illustrations

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Long's cartoon jacket art-revealing one boy with a green bean hanging out of his nostril and another boy wearing a pair of underpants on his head-offers a cautionary clue as to the level of humor that awaits readers of Amato's (The Word Eater) flimsy and derivative tale about siblings Wilbur and Orville Riot. Alas, this fragmented narrative never takes flight. Older brother Wilbur recounts three missions that he and Orville tackle: to capture a bank robber, discover hidden treasure in their house and "overthrow a king." Though ambitious-sounding, each undertaking produces a less than satisfying and not altogether comical result. The title refers to two of the games the brothers delight in playing: in a Snarf Attack, one tries to make the other laugh hard enough at the dinner table so that he snorts milk from his nose; in Underfoodle, the two compete to determine who can pull more pairs of underpants onto his head. Also sprinkled throughout are "Riot Brother Rules" ("Run, do not walk, whenever possible") and "Riot Brother Sayings" ("If you say something and nobody gets it, say something else"). Only kids amused by references to snot, burping and the effects of flaring one's nostrils will find occasional chuckles in these pages. Ages 6-10. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Move over, Captain Underpants, a couple of new pranksters are in town. Narrated by fifth-grader Wilbur and featuring his third-grade brother, Orville, this hilarious story follows the antics of two boys with overactive imaginations and a comfortable sibling relationship. The action is divided into three "books," with six chapters each. In the first, the brothers are determined to catch a crook. They make a windfall by giving lessons in being annoying to their classmates, are reprimanded by the principal (who is also their mother), and still manage to foil a bank robber on the way home from school. Next, while searching for treasure, they find a mysterious box in the closet. After they finally open it, they discover that the contents, although not worth money, are still valuable. The final installment has the duo building a catapult designed to overthrow a king and using it instead to defeat a bully. A "Bonus" section sums up their philosophy of life ("Make something exciting happen every day") and includes the rules to their favorite games (in "Snarf Attack," one player attempts to get the other to laugh so hard during dinner that milk comes out of his nose). The large print is inviting and the black-and-white cartoons add to the light tone. Amato appeals to the funny bone without being quite as gross as the "Captain Underpants" series (Scholastic). Libraries will have a hard time keeping Snarf Attack on the shelf and readers will beg for a sequel.-Jean Lowery, Bishop Woods Elementary School, New Haven, CT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Amato offers an early chapter book sure to entice reluctant readers and leave them laughing. Wilbur and Orville Riot (get it?), fifth- and third-graders, respectively, are brothers and best friends. They teach their schoolmates to be annoying in order to make money to put in the bank so they can have an excuse to be there to catch a crook. They invent contraptions, make up games, and create their own adventures. In these three stories they catch a thief, overthrow a king, and find a treasure. The bonus section includes the rules to their games, like "The Naked Mole Rat Game," as well as "important things to be able to do with your face." Amato's stories are good-natured fun; the boys are never cruel, though they can be a little gross. Their mother, the principal of their school, appreciates their energy and humor. Long's illustrations are an excellent addition. Hope for sequels. (Fiction. 7- 9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823420629
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
984,138
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Mary Amato is a writer, choreographer, and shadow puppeteer. Her first book for young readers, The Word Eater, illustrated by Christopher Ryniak, was nominated for Florida's 2003-2004 Sunshine State Award, Washington State's 2003 Sasquatch Reading Award, and many other state awards.

Ms. Amato lives with he husband and two sons outside Washington, D.C. She is the fortunate recipient of in-house criticism: Her kids always read her first drafts and tell her which parts they think are funny.

Ethan Long is an illustrator and cartoonist. The children's books he has illustrated include "The Day My Runny Nose Ran Away" by Jason Eaton and "Stinky Smelly Feet" by Margie Palatini. School Library Journal said his illustrations for "Oh Yeah!" by Tom Birdseye "bust with energy" and are "deliciously menacing." He lives with his family in Florida.

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Snarf Attack, Underfoodle, and the Secret of Life: The Riot Brothers Tell All 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book iz da best book ive eva read it iz so funny i really reccomend it 2 everyone
Guest More than 1 year ago
My favorite character is Olive because he`s just like me. I liked the time my character made Snarf Attack.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was the best book I ever read because it had all the really good details about things. Plus, it was really funny about all the inventions and pranks the characters did. For example, they launched a kid with a catapolt. You should read this book if you have a little brother or sister because it has good games as a bonus in the back of the book. You will have to read this book to find out the rules of snarf attack which is a really cool game. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These two brothers are too much! We picked this up every night to see what they would do next until we finished it together. It was worth a ***** rating according to my 8 year old son!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny and can,t wait to read the next book