Wiley & Grampa #1: Dracula vs. Grampa at the Monster Truck Spectacular

Wiley & Grampa #1: Dracula vs. Grampa at the Monster Truck Spectacular

by Kirk Scroggs
     
 

Scroggs creates an outrageous new chapter book series full of fiendish, far-out fun. Goofy Grampa takes his grandson Wiley to a monster truck show in the middle of an F5 tornado, where they meet Colonel Dracula, whose primo vampire truck feeds on some pretty sinister "gas." Illustrations.

Overview

Scroggs creates an outrageous new chapter book series full of fiendish, far-out fun. Goofy Grampa takes his grandson Wiley to a monster truck show in the middle of an F5 tornado, where they meet Colonel Dracula, whose primo vampire truck feeds on some pretty sinister "gas." Illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Bowman-Kruhm
Upper elementary and older reluctant readers will escape from the everyday world with this book-length chapter book cum comic strip. With a tornado predicted, Wiley and his balding, snaggle-toothed, Hippie Grampa defy Gramma and spend Halloween night at Colonel Dracula's Monster Truck Spectacular. Their adventures are silly rather than scary when they volunteer to drive a British Mini Pip-Squeak over a flaming pit of robot shellfish, eat a tarantula burger, visit Drac's private lair, and escape with the help of an angry Gramma when Drac chases them. Black and white cartoon drawings match prose like "The tension was unbearable, as was Grampa's underarm odor" (p. 43). Of course, all turns out okay because Drac wants only to buy Gramma's 1956 Buick. The back cover describes this tale as "outrageous" and that really says it all.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Wiley and Grampa triumph over the supernatural forces invading their hometown. In the first book, they meet Colonel Dracula and his "Mudsucker"-a blood-guzzling vampire truck. The next title puts toxic borscht to good use in battling an army of zombies that arrives uninvited at a backyard barbeque. Nothing seems to faze Wiley and his grandparents, who are rather inventive when it comes to vanquishing their enemies. Each story finishes with a "Crackpot Snapshot" game, where readers must find all of the small differences between two almost identical pictures. With black-and-white cartoons on every page, this series is similar in appearance and theme to Jim Benton's "Franny K. Stein" (S & S) and Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants" (Scholastic) books, making it a welcome high-interest choice for younger or reluctant readers.-Kathleen Meulen, Blakely Elementary School, Bainbridge Island, WA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Readers will scream, but definitely not in terror, at this tale of a truly unforgettable Halloween outing. After attempting to warn off timorous "Ladies and gentlemen, boys, girls, dogs, and upper marsupials," young Wiley and his Grampa slip away from Gramma to take readers on a stroll through a dark and stormy night. Off they go to Colonel Dracula's Monster Truck Spectacular, which features such huge-tired machines as the Behemoth Broncosaurus, Vlad the Impala and the Mudsucker-billed as "the vorld's [sic] first and only vampire truck!" Highlighted by a visit to the jocular Colonel's dank den and a crazy careen home with Gramma at the wheel, chased by both a tornado and the aforementioned Mudsucker, the tale zooms by in a flash-not least because Simpsons-style illustrations occupy at least as much page space as does the text-and should zoom off the shelves with the speed of a Captain Underpants episode. Next up: Grampa's Zombie BBQ (0-316-05943-9 trade, 0-316-0594200 paperback). (Fantasy. 10-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316059411
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
07/12/2006
Series:
Wiley and Grampa's Creature Features Series, #1
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Kirk Scroggs was born and raised in Austin, Texas and studied film at the University of Texas. He then moved to LA, where he decided that his true calling is drawing demented pictures of zombies, witches and monsters. Dracula vs. Grampa is his first book.

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