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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Series: Who Shrunk Daniel Funk? (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (April 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416909516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416909514
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,219,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 3–6—As the only boy in a household of females—Mom, three know-it-all sisters, New Age-y Grandma Lola, and Great Granny Nanny (who has tattoos and a motor scooter)—Daniel is tired of being outnumbered. Amazingly, and at a most inopportune moment, he finds himself shrinking down to toe-size and is saved from drowning in the toilet bowl by his very tiny twin brother. Born hidden inside Daniel's ear and discovered and raised in secret by Granny Nanny, the inch-high Pablo is just the ally Daniel needs. Since no one knows he exists, Pablo gets away with all kinds of clandestine monkey business. Daniel is happy to join in, but he never knows when he will unexpectedly revert to normal size—including right in the middle of their scheme to crash the girls' chic "pre-pre-pre-pre-prom" party. While the plot logic is shaky at times, the miniaturized mischief is amusing and the growing bond between the brothers feels warm and real. Black-and-white anime-influenced illustrations portray the perils of life at floor level. This genial fantasy has fast action, mild body humor, and snappy, quip-filled dialogue. It will have strong appeal for fans of Oliver's "Hank Zipzer" series (Grosset & Dunlap), coauthored with Henry Winkler, as well as reluctant readers.—Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
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About the Author

Lin Oliver is the author of the Who Shrunk Daniel Funk series, and the co-author, with Henry Winkler, of the bestselling Hank Zipzer series. She is a writer and producer of movies, books, and television series for children and families. The co-founder and executive director of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and sons. Visit her at linoliver.com.

Stephen Gilpin graduated from the NYC School of Visual Arts where he studied painting and cartooning. He is the illustrator of the Who Shrunk Daniel Funk series and The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy series. Stephen currently lives in Hiawatha, KS. Visit him at sgilpin.com.

More About the Author

Lin Oliver is the author of over 25 funny books for kids. Well, she thinks they're funny, anyway. Seventeen of those titles are in the HANK ZIPZER: WORLD'S BEST UNDER-ACHIEVER series which she writes with Henry Winkler, about a smart boy who happens to have learning challenges. Another four are part of the WHO SHRUNK DANIEL FUNK? series about a boy who shrinks to the size of the fourth toe on his left foot only to find that he has an identical twin mini brother.

Lin is also the co-founder and Executive Director of the SCBWI, a totally impossible-to-pronounce acronym for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, an international organization of 25,000 people who write, illustrator and produce children's books.

She is the mother of three stupendous sons named Theo, Oliver and Cole. Well, she thinks they're stupendous, anyway. Oh, and their last name is Baker, so no, Oliver is not named Oliver Oliver. She would never do that to her own son!

Lin lives in Los Angeles in a big messy house with a small messy dog named Dexter and her husband, Alan Baker, who is also messy.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Lin Oliver's ATTACK OF THE GROWLING EYEBALLS: WHO SHRUNK DANIEL FUNK? BOOK 1 tells of a regular boy stuck living a house full of girls. When he suddenly shrinks he discovers he DOES have a long-coveted brother: a ver tiny brother and a twin who is lots of trouble. Hilarious drawings by Stephen Gilpin enhance this easy reader for grades 2-4.
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Eleven-year-old Daniel Funk lives in a house comprised entirely of females, including a mother, a grandmother, a great grandmother, two older sisters and a younger sister. Even the dog is female! While Daniel loves his family, he does get tired of being the only male, especially since no one seems to get him, and he is constantly being criticized for his behavior. Who in the world doesn't enjoy a good, loud belch once in a while?

Then one day Daniel's life is tossed upside down and he gets the first amazing surprise of his life: He shrinks down to the size of his fourth toe! He doesn't know what causes it but does have a few warning symptoms, like a growling behind his eyeballs and a whistling in his knees. After a few moments of being tiny, he suffers a huge sneeze and is back to normal size. Completely freaked, he hurries out to tell his family, but no one believes him --- except for Great Granny Nanny. As it turns out, shrinking runs in the family.

Great Granny Nanny tells Daniel about the family history of shrinking, but an interruption disrupts further discussion. Later, as Daniel finishes up in the bathroom, he shrinks again, this time falling into the toilet bowl. On the verge of drowning, he catches a hold of some dangling dental floss and climbs to safety. His rescuer offers him the second amazing surprise of his life: a twin brother!

The reason Daniel and the rest of the family never knew about Pablo is that Pablo has always been the size of a toe. When they were born, Pablo was laying in Daniel's ear. Luckily, Great Granny Nanny noticed and has been taking care of the tiny twin, unbeknownst to anyone else in the family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Rich on June 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book was a joy to read. Very funny and a page turner. I also really enjoyed "The Funkster's Facts." I better share them with my friends and fast, before they all read this great book.
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I bought this book to encourage my 9 year old son to read more. He loved this book (laughed a lot) and as a mother, that made me very happy.
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