Zeke Meeks vs the Putrid Puppet Pals

Zeke Meeks vs the Putrid Puppet Pals

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by D. L. Green, Josh Alves

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Instead of playing at recess, Zeke Meeks' classmates have been sitting around, staring at their boring Puppet Pals. Will Zeke join them, even though he has no interest in this playground craze?


Instead of playing at recess, Zeke Meeks' classmates have been sitting around, staring at their boring Puppet Pals. Will Zeke join them, even though he has no interest in this playground craze?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In one of four heavily illustrated novels launching the Zeke Meeks chapter book series, Green and Alves address fads, consumerism, and schoolyard tribulations with ample amounts of irreverent and self-referential humor. Third-grader Zeke likes to spend recess shooting hoops, but his friends have forsaken basketball (and all other physical activity) for Puppet Pals, a much-hyped brand of finger puppets that are inspiring Beanie Baby–like levels of devotion. Since no one will play with him, Zeke eventually caves in and buys a box of Puppet Pals, which only results in additional clashes with popular kids and bullies alike. Levelheaded Zeke is an entertaining and likable narrator (“I love happy endings.... Then I glanced at this book. I realized this isn’t the ending. There are a lot more pages left”), though other characters are less fully developed; the classmates’ banter gives the book a Saturday morning cartoon sensibility, underscored by Alves’s Nickelodeon-ready spot art. Amid all the one-liners, Green encourages readers not to just follow the herd—especially when expensive “bits of colored felt” are involved. Ages 7–10. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
Readers who prefer an easier-to-read option to the Wimpy Kid series will find Zeke Meeks' comic responses to the tribulations of life as a third grader amusingly familiar. Silly Bands are a thing of the past for Zeke and his buddies. Fueled by relentless television commercials, a new craze has infiltrated his school: Puppet Pals. Puppet Pals are collectible finger puppets, complete with their own paraphernalia, which keep Zeke's friends busy during class, on the playground or after school. Zeke is left to play with--shudder--the kissing girls at recess because everyone is busy with puppets. Hilarious first-person narration gets the details of third-grade life right: the illogic of fads, the power of trend setters and the lengths some kids will go to belong. This chronicle of the arc of a grade-school obsession is funny, and readers will laugh when thinking about the trends that are undoubtedly racing through their schools. Brief paragraphs, familiar, humorous situations and frequent cartoon illustrations make this especially easy to read and will lead to laugh-out-loud moments for second- and third-grade readers. Short, choppy sentences and an excess of silly will put this in the same category as Captain Underpants: painful for teachers and parents to listen to, but this book is not for them. Zeke has a good chance at becoming a popular fad for new readers. (Fiction. 7-10)

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Capstone Press
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Zeke Meeks Series
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Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.37(d)
500L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

D.L. Green lives in California with her husband, three children, silly dog, and a big collection of rubber chickens. She loves to read, write, and joke around.

Josh Alves is an illustrator who gets to create in his studio in central Maine. As a husband and father, he constantly draws inspiration from his family. He loves humor, wit, and anything that gets your thinker thinking.

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Zeke Meeks vs. the Putrid Puppet Pals 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Both my son and daughter enjoy reading this series. The main character is a sensitive boy who figuring things out. He has many opinions that typical kids do, but usually learns a lesson in the end. My kids find the situations funny and entertaining. It's a really good chapter book for young readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi mom