Zack Files 01: My Great-grandpa's in the Litter Box

Zack Files 01: My Great-grandpa's in the Litter Box

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by Dan Greenburg, Jack E. Davis
     
 

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What I wanted was a cute little kitten. Instead, I got a tough tomcat that talks. And that's not all! He says he's my Great-Grandpa Julius and he needs my help. And messy litter box or not, family is family!

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What I wanted was a cute little kitten. Instead, I got a tough tomcat that talks. And that's not all! He says he's my Great-Grandpa Julius and he needs my help. And messy litter box or not, family is family!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Rebecca Joseph
Greenberg appears to strike a cord, or perhaps a funny bone, with kids in his "The Zack Files" series. Great-Grandpa's in the Litter Box has Zack seeking a pet kitten, but ending up with a tomcat who claims he is his great-grandfather. Together they find the loot that great-grandpa stashed in a bank account and all ends well. It is a funny story, accompanied by quirky black and white illustrations, and a good choice for kids reading below their grade level.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5Zack is a normal 10-year-old boy with a knack for getting into weird situations. In Wanda, he attempts to rid his apartment of a rude eight-year-old poltergeist who communicates by spelling out words with peanut M&Ms. In Litter Box, he plans to adopt a kitten but instead acquires a cantankerous talking cat that claims to be the reincarnation of his great-grandfather. He sees his reflection in the Medicine Cabinet mirror and falls through into a skewed world that its inhabitants consider much "cooler" than ours. An electrical accident occurs at school and Zap!Zack can hear thoughts, including a bloodthirsty voice expressing an eagerness to kill. The stories have a whacked-out, off-the-wall humor that is reminiscent of the work of Daniel Pinkwater. At the same time, they neatly poke fun at the conventions of popular horror series. Kids will find some of the episodes tremendously funny. Great-Grandpa the cat threatens to "take a leak" on the sofa if Zack doesn't provide him with his preferred food (herring with sour cream!); Wanda and a fellow ghost yank down a bully's pants. The books are short without looking babyish and would appeal to reluctant readers as well as those with a taste for oddball humor.Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780448412603
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Series:
Zack Files Series, #1
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
183,440
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.55(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile:
570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Dan Greenburg has known success as a humorist, a novelist, a journalist, a screenwriter, and a playwright. Now he has turned his considerable talent to writing an original new series of books for a younger audience. Inspired by his own son Zack, for whom the hero of his new series, The Zack Files, is named, Greenburg has combined his love of humor, his interest in things paranormal, and his talent for writing to create books that kids like Zack will want to read.With 18 books to his credit, Dan Greenburg's work has been translated into 19 languages and is available in 22 countries. His best-selling titles for adults include How to Be a Jewish Mother, How to Make Yourself Miserable, Scoring, Love Kills, How to Avoid Love and Marriage and Exes. His previous books for children include Young Santa, The Bed Who Ran Away From Home, Jumbo the Boy and Arnold the Elephant.His articles have appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, Ms., Time, Newsweek, Life, New York magazine, Cosmopolitan, the New York Times Book Review, Vanity Fair, Playboy, and have been reprinted in 33 anthologies of humor and satire in the United States and England.Born and raised in Chicago, Dan Greenburg received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Illinois, and his M.A. from UCLA. He is the father of Zack, a teenage son, who played the title role in the motion picture, LORENZO'S OIL, and served as the inspiration for The Zack Files. Mr. Greenburg lives in Westchester County, New York.

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Zack Files 01: My Great-grandpa's in the Litter Box 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Zack Files 01My Great-Grandfather¿s In the Litter Box Grosset &Dunlap 1996, Pgs 64, $4.99 By: Dan Greenburg and Jack E. Davis ISBN:9780448412603 What would you do if your cat turned out to be your great grandpa? In this book by Dan Greenburg, Zack gets a cat that happens to be his great grandfather. They take a wild trip to Chicago in quest to find his grandma Leah and they tell her about Chicago. On their way a problem occurs and they find out something that could change life as they know it. This is a book that young readers will enjoy. I recommend it for kids younger than 11 and for an amazing bed time story for young readers. -Mauricio Ballon
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Anonymous 10 months ago
It sucks because there are 7 pages and 6 of the 7 pages is the table of contents. The last page is less than a paragraph.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss your hand 3 times and post this to 3 other bookes and look under your pillow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son is not interested in the usual fantasy stories and we got a recommendation for the Zack Files from our local library. He LOVES them! We read one almost every night. They are quick reads which makes it easier to get an active, electronic addicted boy to stay interested. Looking for something different to get a young boy to read, try the Zack Files!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Varry funny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recommend to only little 4 th graders