Blue in the Face: A Story of Risk, Rhyme, and Rebellion

Blue in the Face: A Story of Risk, Rhyme, and Rebellion


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When Elspeth Pule, an eleven-year-old brat, wakes up one day in a strange forest, she finds some familiar faces around her—those of the nursery rhyme characters she grew up reading about. But as she soon learns from Humpty Dumpy, a suave, tuxedo-wearing egg, what she knows is a twisted version of the truth concocted by the evil Old King Krool—and none of the characters are who she thinks.

Elspeth couldn't care less, but she soon gets pulled into the fight against Krool's tyranny. And if she wants to get home, she'll need to learn some compassion—and teach the characters that sometimes a good old-fashioned tantrum is exactly what's necessary.

Told in a hilarious voice and with black and white illustrations throughout, this "revolutionary" tale is perfect for fans of Pseudonymous Bosch and Lemony Snicket.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619634879
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 01/12/2016
Series: Magnificent Tales of Misadventure Series
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 716,600
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Gerry Swallow is the author of Blue in the Face and its sequel Long Live the Queen, along with, A Whole Nother Story—which received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews and was an Al Roker Today Show pick—and its sequels Another Whole Nother Story and No Other Story, all written under the pseudonym Dr. Cuthbert Soup. He began his career as a stand-up comic, making numerous appearances on NBC’s Tonight Show. He then turned his attention to writing movies, including the blockbuster hit, Ice Age: The Meltdown. He lives in Victoria, Canada.

Valerio Fabbretti is the author and illustrator of children’s books and comic books in both the USA and Italy. He was born in Rome and currently lives in San Francisco.

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