Snivel: The Fifth Circle of Heck

Snivel: The Fifth Circle of Heck

by Dale E. Basye, Bob Dob
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Snivel: The Fifth Circle of Heck by Dale E. Basye, Bob Dob

Dale E. Basye sends Milton and Marlo to Snivel, the circle reserved for crybabies, for their latest hilarious escapade in Heck. Snivel is a camp—a bummer camp—a dismal place where it's always raining, and Unhappy Campers are besieged by swarms of strange mosquitoes that suck the color right out of them. Soon the Fausters discover that some Unhappy Campers have been disappearing. So after Marlo gets chosen for a special project and never comes back, Milton makes up his mind to find her and all the missing children.

Can Milton find his sister and get the heck out of Snivel? With the help of some new friends, his pet ferret, and Vincent Van Gogh's ear, he just might have a chance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375898846
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/22/2012
Series: Heck , #5
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 920,341
Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
File size: 5 MB
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 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

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Snivel: Where the Whiny Kids Go 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
awkwardchinchilla26 More than 1 year ago
Snivel: The Fifth Circle of Heck is yet another great entry into the wildly imaginative, hilarious romp through the underworld that is the Heck series. Launching with the wickedly funny “Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go” four years ago, Dale E. Basye introduced a sillier--and yet somehow creepier--section of the afterlife, which is inhabited by dead children who were particularly naughty during their days on earth. The latest installment concerns Snivel, the section of Heck reserved for the whiny, mopey and depressed. The clever, zany wordplay and bizarre, laugh-out-loud situations that ran rampant through the first four books are present here. The gate of Snivel is adorned with tragedy/tragedy masks and the world’s tiniest violins, and cafeteria specials include “woe-is-meatballs” as well as water filled with tears. And the vice principal of Snivel is none other than the late Edgar Allan Poe, whose tattle-tell-taling heart is still beating eerily. The Fauster siblings (eleven-year-old Milton and his older sister Marlo) have wreaked havoc in four of Heck’s circles, and in the previous installment unearthed a crime seemingly committed by the Big Guy Downstairs himself. Satan’s trial is one of the best comic scenes this series has offered so far, and the author’s gleeful satire of the spiritual world and divine powers does very well in being just the right amount of offensive to be ungodly funny (get it? Ungodly, because....never mind). That being said, there is no religious bashing whatsoever--merely a lot of biblical references. The book may not be aptly named, however, as only the first act of the book takes place in conventional Snivel. A wondrous land of video games called Arcadia is Milton’s setting for the second act, Marlo having been sent to the surface on secret business. And the chapters unrelated to either Fauster are great--our old friend Damian, Milton’s bully in life as well as death, returns, as does the pitiable-yet-despicable Principal Bea “Elsa” Bubb, and we are treated to another guest appearance from the author himself, whose sections are wickedly self-aware and satirical. Basye deserves kudos for such an entertaining ensemble cast of characters, even establishing new ones in Snivel effectively to the point that the reader forgets they were only introduced earlier this book. Overall, a great read, though I wouldn’t recommend reading it without being familiar with the other books. And as far as wordplay, pop culture references and puns go, it’s more of the same stuff--a LOT more. I’m sure I didn’t pick up on all of it. This is an engrossing read, silly yet undoubtedly surprisingly clever. The target audience may be children, but teenagers and even older folks may want to look into this series. It’s worth the ride.
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Is there a sixth?
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Heck is a good book for kids and teens. How do u come up with stuff like this
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I have never read it but i want to.soon