Tourist Trap (Edgar and Ellen Series #2)

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Where tourists are the toast of the town.

The Nod's Limbs Junkyard — also known as the Gadget Graveyard — is where Edgar and Ellen scavenge essential parts for their nefarious plots. So when Mayor Knightleigh announces plans to build a luxury hotel on the site, the twins spring into action.

The mayor has invited a group of celebrities to Nod's Limbs for the first annual French Toast Festival, but the twins are concocting a scheme to send ...

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Overview

Where tourists are the toast of the town.

The Nod's Limbs Junkyard — also known as the Gadget Graveyard — is where Edgar and Ellen scavenge essential parts for their nefarious plots. So when Mayor Knightleigh announces plans to build a luxury hotel on the site, the twins spring into action.

The mayor has invited a group of celebrities to Nod's Limbs for the first annual French Toast Festival, but the twins are concocting a scheme to send potential tourists screaming in the opposite direction. Can Edgar and Ellen get sweet revenge and save the Gadget Graveyard?

Devious twins Edgar and Ellen scheme to thwart the mayor's tourism initiative, which, if successful, would destroy the town junkyard--the twins' favorite playground, foraging spot, and home to their beloved carniverous plant, Berenice.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With the publication of the fourth paper-over-board adventure of these evil and funny twins, Edgar & Ellen: Pet's Revenge by Charles Ogden, Aladdin reissues the first three, begun with Rare Beasts. Here, their one-eyed Pet rebels against its masters, and Ellen begins bathing and dusting the house. Could Pet be behind her eccentric behavior? Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This book is clearly intended to be funny, and it is likely that some people do find it funny, but it is highly unlikely that one would want these people for friends. Here is the basic storyline: A mean brother and sister, who live in a creepy old house beside a combination cemetery/junkyard, do mean things to each other and much meaner things to everyone else, including the self-aggrandizing mayor of their town, his goody-goody daughter, and the has-been "celebrities" they bring to town to promote tourism. There is not a single likeable character here, and the protagonists are especially undesirable. Still, this might be all right if the word usage was clever, if the sentence structure was unique and interesting, if the dialog crackled. No such luck. This book has the distinctly plodding, tin-eared non-style of a report written by a committee, which is perhaps not so surprising, given that the copyright is held not by the author, but by Star Farm Productions, LLC, a company that, in its own words, "develops branded entertainment properties." Spin-off games, puzzles, and sweepstakes are advertised in the back matter, making it clear that the "Edgar and Ellen" series is clearly meant for a mass market. One can only hope that there is not actually a mass of children who would enjoy such an uninspired, poorly written, mean-spirited book. 2004, Aladdin/Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing, Ages 9 to 11.
—Barbara Carroll Roberts
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Edgar and Ellen's hometown, Nod's Limbs, is about to become a prime tourist destination unless the twins can do something to stop the success of the mayor's high-profile publicity campaign. Determined to keep their home-by-the-cemetery and their favorite junkyard safe, the siblings launch a plan to hijack the mayor's tour group and make sure that no one ever wants to visit again. This is the second in the series featuring the mischievous and devious brother/sister duo, but readers will enjoy Tourist Trap regardless of their familiarity with the first book. Ogden's satirical humor will keep them laughing, and Edgar and Ellen's elaborate schemes will keep them turning pages. Carton's illustrations have an Edward Gorey meets Lane Smith feel that works well with the text.-Kelley Rae Unger, Peabody Institute, MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416914112
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 12/27/2005
  • Series: Edgar & Ellen Series , #2
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 352,005
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Ogden is an avid camper and fisherman. He collects insects and has traveled in pursuit of various specimens to the North Pole, the Souh Pole, and Poland. Mr. Ogden and his insect collection make their home in a cool, dry, preservation-friendly environment, far removed from prying eyes.

Rick Carton has been drawing longer than he's been walking. In his Chicago studio he has a cherished collection of every pencil ever worn down to a nub during his lengthy artistic career. He has never formally studed art; instead, the art community has diligently studied him. They are yet to release their findings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    I'm a little confused at the nook editions for this series. The

    I'm a little confused at the nook editions for this series. The first edition and the last three are available for the nook but not the editions in between? Is this some kind of joke? Very annoying if I do say so myself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2006

    A history of a fans reveiw.

    Tourist Trap is a fantastic book of the Edgar and Ellen series and it is one of my favorites. It is about how the pranking twins have a visious scheam to discreadit the new hotel that the mayor is planing to biuld. As they lead celebraties through the worst parts of town Stephanie the mayors daughter is in hot persute of the scheaming trouble makers. Will they build the hotel? Was the phrase in my head that kep me reading. that was only part of the reason. Personally The drawings and the format of wrinting facinated me. The only thing wrong with the book is that I wish it could have lasted longer. Now i am reading Pet's Reveng and I am hoping it will turn out as good as the other books.

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