Fibble: The Fourth Circle of Heck

Fibble: The Fourth Circle of Heck

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Fibble: The Fourth Circle of Heck by Dale E. Basye, Bob Dob

Dale E. Basye's most over-the-top (the Big Top, that is) adventure yet is now available in paperback. When Marlo Fauster claims she has switched souls with her brother, she gets sent straight to Fibble, the circle of Heck reserved for liars. But it's true—Milton and Marlo have switched places, and Marlo finds herself trapped in Milton's gross, gangly body. She also finds herself trapped in Fibble, a three-ring media circus run by none other than P. T. Barnum, an insane ringmaster with grandiose plans and giant, flaming pants. Meanwhile Milton, as Marlo, is working at the devil's new television network, T.H.E.E.N.D. But there's something strange about these new shows. Why do they all air at the same time? And are they really broadcasting to the Surface? Soon Milton and Marlo realize that they need each other to sort through the lies and possibly prevent the end of the world—if Bea "Elsa" Bubb doesn't catch them first.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375856792
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Series: Heck Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 557,461
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

DALE E. BASYE has been a journalist, film critic, and publisher of an arts and entertainment newspaper. He lives with his wife and son in Portland, Oregon. Please visit his Web site at WheretheBadKidsGo.com to find out more.

BOB DOB draws inspiration from painter Edward Hopper, classic Disney, and Film Noir. He lives in Redondo Beach, California, where he draws, paints, and drinks coffee all day. For more on Bob and his art, visit BobDob.com.

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Fibble: The Fourth Circle of Heck 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fibble: The Fourth Circle of Heck is a clever, often-hilarious gem of a book in a fantastic series. Marlo Fauster, still in the underworld reform school called Heck, is in for a rude awakening when she realizes she is trapped inside her younger brother Milton's gross, awkward, pre-adolescent body. She has been shipped to Fibble, the circle of Heck reserved for those children who have issues with telling the truth. Fibble is essentially a circus that feeds off of lies. It is run by P.T. Barnum, a man whose broad grin and fiery pants may be hiding an evil plot. Meanwhile, Milton struggles to cope with being in Marlo's body after he is assigned to work on Satan's new television network, T.H.E.E.N.D., which broadcasts religious programs to the surface. However, Milton feels that there may be more than just TV going on. Even the minor plotlines are what make this series shine-- such as Annubis, the dog-god investigating the realm of dead pets, which is called--are you ready?--the Furafter. Yeah. If you've made it this far in the series, you should already know that there are an almost unhealthy amount of groan-inducing plays on words and puns. Religion plays a larger part in this book than in the previous. Religion's role in society is often satirized, such as in T.H.E.E.N.D.'s sitcom "Teenage Jesus," which, as the title suggests, relates the son of God's efforts to cope with the delights of being an awkward teen. It is all in good humor, though, very funny, and there is no blatant religious bashing. Younger children may not understand several of the references or puns, and may be confused by the multiple plotlines. Older audiences will appreciate the nod to famous historical figures such as Richard Nixon or Blackbeard the Pirate. This is not a book one can pick up without having read the previous three installments. The reader WILL have trouble following anything that happens. Overall: This book is iffy for age 11, great for ages above. The author's quirky writing style, filled with dry humor and satire, makes for a very immersing read that will only leave you wanting more Heck. Of course, if you're this far, you already know that. So what the heck are you waiting for? Go buy this book now! (Get it? "What the heck," and this book is called...oh never mind)
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Amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the whole Heck series! It's just so entertaining! I think it's the perfect series for kids like me... you know, imaginative. I love it, I just love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have the first three books and book four is pretty sweet. The only wierd thing is that at the back of my heck 3 book it shows a sneek peek of heck 4 but on the cover instead of a strange bug driving the car it show a man with fire at his legs standing up as the car drive itself!Weird huh?
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Marlo and Milton Fauster have been stuck in Heck for a while now. In the last book, their souls were switched and put into each other's bodies: Now Marlo is residing in Milton, sporting her brother's acne and geeky-boy look; and, Milton is in Marlo, struggling desperately to cross his legs and walk in horrific heels that only Satan could've created in the first place. Marlo (in Milton's body) has been sent to Fibble - which is the Fourth Circle of Heck. Fibble is the world of lies and FLIMFLAMMERY. She rides in a stagecoach pulled by horses called Night Mares, and she rides with a Mr. Nixon who flashes the "V" for victory sign every five minutes and speaks about his glorious life and his world of lies. He is a master, after all. When she arrives in Fibble, she is greeted by a huge clown and a three-ring circus that P.T. Barnum, himself, runs. Here in Fibble, the lies are told that will be meshed together in order to write yellow journalism (ruled over by Mr. Hearst), and false advertising and marketing campaigns that will make humans above, on the Surface, believe in just about anything. (Apocalypstick, anyone?) Marlo must team up with a Dr. Brinkley - a real "quack" scientist - to bring down Fibble in order to escape, find her brother (and her own body), and save the people on the Surface from Revelations coming true. Milton (in Marlo's body) has gone from his sister's ex-job as being Girl Friday the Thirteenth for Satan, to running an exclusive television network called T.H.E.E.N.D. - a master plan that involves programming and airing shows like Teenage Jesus (starring the late, great Van Glorious); Allah in the Family; What's Mayan is Yours, and a slew of others up to the Surface. These shows, of course, are causing religious-type riots on the streets of Earth and are making humans self-destruct (which - hello? - is the point, anyway). Of course, by doing it this way, there will be no need to have the glorious fight between Michael and the 'Bad Guy Down Under.' Humans are simply children whose toys have outgrown them.so they will bring the end to themselves, by themselves. Every SINGLE page - every SINGLE word - is a true masterpiece of fiction. YA's, adults - heck - even pastors, occultists, and atheists should be pouring over this book and enjoying the.HECK out of it. Add in a place called the Furafter, where the famous three-headed dog has.headed; a British boy named Zane who Marlo has a serious crush on; a boy named Damian who "talks" to his "Dad" with a Ouija board; and Satan's newspaper - GYP - which is "the news that leaves a bruise;" and, you have the BEST book of 2011! Not to mention, the moral of the story that the author tells regarding the difference between truth and lies, is one of the best lessons that could possibly be taught to children, YA's, (political figures), and adults everywhere! Quill Says: Imaginative, creative, out-there, fantastical, illustrious, drop-dead (excuse the pun) funny - not enough words to describe this writer's pure and effortless work!!! Thank goodness there are more Circles of Heck to visit!
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THIS WAS FOR MY GRANDSON AND HE LOVES THIS SERIES.