A schoolwide event inspired by the Hunger Games and a girl with the strength of Katniss Everdeen (plus a scaly mermaid tail)is Rob Burnside in store for even more trouble than usual? Find out in Book 4 in Obert Skye's middle grade Creature from My Closet series.
Rob Burnside's life is in ruins. After his escapades with Pinocula and his resulting outrageous lies, everyone is fed up with him. Rob needs help. And his science laboratory closet is there to give him a hand.
Meet Katfish, a mashup of Katniss from the Hunger Games and the Little Mermaid. This girl is strong as nails and sports a tail. Everyone at Rob's school is excited about an upcoming riff on the Hunger Games created by Principal Smelt: the Fun-ger Games. Rob is less excited because the principal and his mom have roped him into participating.
But Katfish is sticking around to help Rob out with girl advice, Fun-ger Games tips, and how to get people to stop hating him. What could go wrong?
Praise for Katfish:
"Drawing from The Wimpy Kid school of adolescent humor, scenes like a drenching water balloon mishap, a food fight at the family dinner table, and a clever parody of 'The Fun-ger Games,' should appeal to reluctant and enthusiastic readers alike. The line drawings are reminiscent of doodles middle school boys draw when they should be taking notes. Engaging cartoons, quick dialogue in speech squares, and generous white space break up text segments, make this book an inviting, independent read." Children's Literature
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About the Author
Obert Skye is the author and illustrator of the Creature from My Closet series: Wonkenstein, Potterwookiee, and Pinocula. He has also written the bestselling children's fantasy adventure series Leven Thumps and the Pillage trilogy.
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The Creature from My Closet
By Obert Skye
Henry Holt and CompanyCopyright © 2014 Obert Skye
All rights reserved.
I know, I know — I blew it. Seriously, my life has become the kind of sticky mess that other sticky messes probably gross out about.
Most of the people in my life won't even talk to me at the moment or acknowledge that I exist.
Sadly, being so disliked doesn't mean I can stop writing down or doodling what I'm going through. I would love to be buried by a big pile of leaves or blankets and left alone for the rest of my life, but there are things I have to do.
I used to have no interest in books, and I definitely had no desire to write or draw things from my life for scientific purposes. But the world needs to know about my closet and what it can do. So despite being disliked by almost everyone I know at the moment, I must keep writing.
My life is in ruins. I've let my parents down.
My older sister, Libby, hates me just as much as ever.
Janae, the girl I've been crushing on for years, won't even look at me. I could change my style completely and she still wouldn't glance my way.
Even my little brother, Tuffin, doesn't look up to me anymore.
Yes, things are uncomfortable. It feels like the time my dad did the laundry and accidentally shrunk all my clothes.
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Table of Contents
2. GUESS AGAIN,
4. BLOCK HEAD,
5. DISLIKE OF COOTIES,
6. BANG A GONG,
7. ROTISSERIE CHICKEN,
8. SHARING CAN BE MESSY,
10. GOOD IDEA,
12. STUDYING UP,
13. THINGS MUST CHANGE,
14. OLD-FASHIONED ANSWERS,
15. RECKLESS DRIVER,
16. WATER BABIES,
17. WHY ME?,
18. FIRST ANNUAL FUN-GER GAMES FUNSTIVAL,
19. BLACKED OUT,
PRAISE FOR THE CREATURE FROM MY CLOSET SERIES,