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The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies
And Other Warped and Creepy Tales

by David Lubar


First, I have to admit to being an unabashed David Lubar fangirl. He's clever, funny, and just a smidge warped—totally my kind of writer. And this collection reflects exactly those qualities perfectly. You'll find strange fairy tales (ever wondered what would happen if "The Princess and the Pea" involved a pea-brained prince?), creepy scares (sometimes dolls can be a little too life-like!), and hysterically funny stories (ever thought of just how hard it would be to bathe a cat enough to stave off allergies?). I'm always happy to see story collections; they're so perfect for reluctant readers, since you can consume each story in a single gulp. And with such a variety of stories, it's a pretty sure thing that any reader could find a favorite here. Plus, for all those folks who ever longed to ask authors where they get their ideas, Lubar includes a section in the back of the book that explores where the idea for each story originated. They'll make you laugh or creep you out, but they definitely won't bore you.

The Book

Starscape, A Tom Doherty Associates Book
March 2009
Hardcover (reviewed as ARC)
0765320991 / 9780765320995
Tween Fiction / Short Story Collection / Ages 9 - 12
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The Reviewer

Jan Fields
Reviewed 2009
NOTE: Reviewer Jan Fields is the editor of Kid Magazine Writers emagazine and has written dozens of stories and articles for the children's magazine market.
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