The Meanwhile Adventures

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The triumphant finale to Roddy Doyle's hilarious Mack Family tales--now in paperback for the first time!

Mr. Mack's been arrested for a small misunderstanding at the bank (involving a saw inconveniently shaped like a machine gun). Billie Jean Fleetwood-Mack has disappeared (off on an attempt to become the first woman to circle the globe without telling anyone). So it's up to the Mack kids Jimmy, Robbie and Kayla (and Rover the jaded wonder-dog) to save their family and the world...

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Overview

The triumphant finale to Roddy Doyle's hilarious Mack Family tales--now in paperback for the first time!

Mr. Mack's been arrested for a small misunderstanding at the bank (involving a saw inconveniently shaped like a machine gun). Billie Jean Fleetwood-Mack has disappeared (off on an attempt to become the first woman to circle the globe without telling anyone). So it's up to the Mack kids Jimmy, Robbie and Kayla (and Rover the jaded wonder-dog) to save their family and the world from bullying prison guards, nasty orphan catchers, and an army of ill-mannered slugs.

As funny as THE GIGGLER TREATMENT, as snarky as ROVER SAVES CHRISTMAS, and as brilliant as only Roddy Doyle can be.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The Mack family from The Giggler Treatment returns in The Meanwhile Adventures by Roddy Doyle, illus. by Brian Ajhar. This time the Slugs of Dublin don crash helmets in their attempt to take over the world ("No legs good! Two legs bad!"), Mister Mack inadvertently robs a bank and Billie Jean Fleetwood-Mack attempts to break a world record. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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The Meanwhile Adventures is a fun, fast-paced, and entertaining story that follows the Mack family through their exciting escapades. After Mister Mack is arrested, his three children and dog set out to find their record-breaking mother and help their father escape. What follows is the intermingling of each character's crazy adventure that leads to the exciting conclusion where the family finally comes together. The best thing about this book is Doyle's use of language and his bizarre and hilarious scenarios. It would be hard not to laugh out loud at some of the kooky scenes. Doyle also includes little side notes to the readers that explain certain situations, as well as sections where he banters back and forth with the anonymous reader. Although it contains somewhat crude language at times, The Meanwhile Adventures is an entertaining book for older elementary and middle school students. It would also be a great piece to read aloud. 2004, Arthur A. Levine Books, 174 pp., Ages young adult.
—Jennifer Sloan
Children's Literature
The same wacky characters from The Giggler Treatment take a wild romp around the world and through hand-dug tunnels with the ultimate goal of saving Dad, who is wrongfully imprisoned. Dad's imprisonment is understandable, however, because his new invention—which he brings to the bank—looks like a machine gun. Some of the jokes in the book are more for adults than the middle-reader audience, but all of the absurdity is for everyone. While its disjointed and frenetic pace may bother some youngsters, most are likely to enjoy the pure silliness rampant in the story. It makes an interesting teaching tool to show various writing conventions, such as the author addressing the reader (as Lemony Snicket does), fact boxes (in this case the facts are tongue-in-cheek), humorous names for chapters ("Probably Chapter Seventeen," "Definitely Chapter Eighteen," as per Daniel Pinkwater), and allusions to popular movies (The Great Escape). The two preschoolers who each speak one line for everything, "Who are you?" or "Batteries included," can get a little over the top, as can the constant switching from one story line to another, hence the "Meanwhile" in the title. For outrageous and outlandish fun, though, it is a treat. 2004, Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, Ages 8 to 12.
—Kathryn Erskine
Kirkus Reviews
Jimmy Mack, when are ya comin' back? This silly endeavor, the companion to Doyle's The Giggler Treatment (2000) answers this question and others-such as what happens when loopy Mister Mack invents a saw that resembles a machine gun and where's Billie Jean Fleetwood-Mack gotten to. Filled with mostly uninspired lunacy, there's probably enough grossness, illogic, non sequiturs, and irrelevant sidebars here, woven together with lots of meanwhiles, to entertain your average middle-grader with a short attention span. Going off on tangents seems to be this author's road to humor, but will your average middle-grader, especially one with a short attention span, follow him down this Irish road long enough? Hard to say. Meanwhile . . . the illustrations are amusing. (glossary of Briticisms/Irishisms) (Fiction. 9-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439662116
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2006
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Roddy Doyle
Roddy Doyle
Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. He is the author of 6 acclaimed novels, and Rory and Ita, a memoir of his parents. He won the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2008

    whooooo!

    this book was not only hilarious but also... well.... very hilarious!!!!!! this was a great book!

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