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With his daredevil dreams dashed, Danvers goes to bed... and wakes up feeling a little fuzzy-literally! He's turned into a Muppet!

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Overview

On a scale of one to ten, sixth-grader Danvers Blickensderfer's life is a solid minus two. But he really hits rock bottom when he auditions for the local talent show: his death-defying hula-hooping-ninja tribute to Gonzo the Great is beat out by the world's most obnoxious middle school boy band, Emo Shun.

With his daredevil dreams dashed, Danvers goes to bed... and wakes up feeling a little fuzzy-literally! He's turned into a Muppet!

Fortunately, there's an internship open at the Muppet Theater and Danvers has a chance to meet his long-nosed, stunt-lovin' hero! All aboard The Electric Mayhem bus as this misfit makes good and joins the zaniest crew ever: The Muppets!

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Gr 2–5—This book is not so much a story as it is an advertisement for the recent Muppet movie. Muppets and people coexist without question, and references to the show and its running skits ("Pigs in Space," "Dr. Bob") abound. The plot revolves around Danvers Blickensderfer, who worships The Great Gonzo. He is constantly thinking up outrageous Gonzo-inspired stunts, and most end badly. Disheartened by failure, he wishes he were "just like Gonzo," and with a magical flash of green, his wish is granted: Danvers is turned into a Muppet version of himself. The rest of the story consists of the boy adjusting to Muppethood; meeting and describing all of the main Muppet characters in a series of loosely strung together scenarios; and simultaneously learning lessons about friendship, fame, and being true to oneself. Greatly resembling Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Abrams, 2007) and its subsequent spinoffs, the book features a combination of cartoons, handwritten pages, and text. The Muppet series is known for its sharp wit and hilarious flair for the ridiculous; unfortunately, this book falls flat.—Nicole Waskie-Laura, Chenango Forks Elementary, Binghamton, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316277136
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Series: Tales of a Sixth-Grade Muppet Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kirk Scroggs is one quarter Muppet by birth. As a child, he used his Pigs in Space lunch box for so long, his mom finally declared it a rusty, toxic health hazard and gave it to his little brother. Originally from Austin, Texas, Kirk now lives in Los Angeles where he enjoys doodling, spray tans, and writing important literature like Wiley and Grampa's Creature Features: Hair Ball From Outer Space.

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