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Blimpo: The Third Circle of Heck Paperback – April 26, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 920L (What's this?)
  • Series: Heck (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780375856778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375856778
  • ASIN: 0375856773
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

The third in Basye’s Circles of Heck series follows young Milton Fauster (get it?) as he undertakes rescue missions for his rotund friend Virgil—confined to Blimpo, where dead overweight teens go to have their self-esteem further eroded—and his big sister Marlo, who has been given a memory wipe and a job as Satan’s receptionist down in “h-e-double-hockey-sticks.” As before, plot plays second fiddle to a relentlessly inventive barrage of puns, gross humor, and literary, movie, and cultural references. Not a stand-alone episode, despite many references to previous events. Grades 4-7. --John Peters --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

''A relentlessly inventive barrage of puns, gross humor, and literary, movie, and cultural references.'' --Booklist

Praise for Heck (Circles of Heck, #1):
''Parents and readers. . . are in for a treat with Dale E. Basye's very funny debut novel.'' -- Wall Street Journal
''The author's umpteen clever allusions. . . make this book (Circles of Heck, #1) truly sparkle.'' --Publishers Weekly (starred review) --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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The idea for Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go came to me where most of my ideas come from: that area just behind the eyes and somewhere, approximately, between the ears. Of course, every story needs what is commonly referred to as a protagonist. That is, a hero, or-at the very least-someone whom the reader can relate to in some way while serving as a guide through a host of unpleasant, fantastical circumstances. Often, the protagonist mirrors the author, not for any significant reason other than it's much easier for the author (fewer things to make up) while giving him/her the perfect excuse to write about himself/herself. Ever the overachiever, I decided to have two protagonists-hardly a "novel" idea-but it allowed me to write through my dual selves-the ever cautious, perpetually in-his-head Milton, and the tart, impulse-control-challenged Marlo.

Preadolescence can feel like an eternity when you're in it, but you actually get through it fairly unscathed, though your body and voice may soon be rendered unrecognizable. This complete freakishness is normal. So let laughter and perseverance be your best and most trusted bodyguards, providing loyal service without even demanding your lunch money in return.

Customer Reviews

The books are clever and funny.
Tiffany A. Harkleroad
The Principal of Heck is Bea "Elsa" Bubb, who is all over Marlo and Milton Fauster like white on rice, pretty much in every circle she sends them to.
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Dale E. Basye does a tasteful job at keeping the Circle of Heck books appetizing and refreshing.
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Format: Hardcover
After the fateful marshmallow bear incident that sent Milton and Marlo Fauster to Heck, their lives have never been the same. Sure, Marlo was a bad kid who deserved to go to Heck and spend an eternity or until you're 18, whichever comes first. Milton, however, was a pure soul who didn't deserve to be there but was nonetheless forced to sign a binding contract under the unpleasantness of Principal of Darkness Bea "Elsa" Bubb. Marlo managed to escape Principal Bubb's clutches the first couple of times thanks to quick thinking and the realization that she might make something out of herself in Heck. Milton escaped to earth using the buoyancy of Lost Souls but returned to find his sister and his best friend, Virgil, and perhaps retribution for the eternal injustice of Heck.

Having previously been separated from Virgil in Limbo, Milton is shocked when he stumbles upon his best friend in Blimpo, the bulging middle section of Heck. Under the incapable leadership of vice-principals Burgermesiter and Lady Lactose, the overweight kids of Blimpo have been subjected to a new regimented exercise program consisting of DREADmills. Shaped like hamster wheels, the DREADmills provide energy to the Transdimensional Power Grid and supposedly provide an opportunity for the husky kids to lose weight. To supplement the DREADmills, the students also have access to Hambone Hank's Heart Attack Shack barbecue provided by Chef Boyareyookrazee. If the barbecue didn't taste so hauntingly good, Milton and Virgil might not suspect anything, but they are convinced that foul play is involved.

While Milton and Virgil sort through the delectable ribs, Marlo is up to her neck in her new Infernship program serving under Madame Pompadour, who runs Heck's Girl Friday the 13th program.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany A. Harkleroad TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 23, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Good kids go to Heaven, bad kids go to Heck. Heck is the Hell for minors. Just like Hell, it has different circles, for different classes of sin.

In this third installment in the Heck series, Milton Fauster, recently re-deceased, is returning to Heck, to rescue his friend Virgil and his sister Marlo. Because Virgil is portly, he is sentenced to the circle of Blimpo for the sin of gluttony. Meanwhile, Marlo is completing an internship for Satan. As always, Milton fights against the whole Heck enterprise.

I absolutely adore these books, and you cannot tell me that they are written solely for children. There are so many sophisticated jokes, and parallels to classic literature (Dante's Inferno and Faust are just two examples)for them to be intended solely for the juvenile set. The books are clever and funny. The writing is really enjoyable, and I cannot help but root for the characters of Milton and Marlo. I want them to turn Heck upside down.

These would be great books for kids and parents to read together. I have recommended this series to several patrons at my library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
Inventive wordplay, puns, hip cultural references, and remarkably dated cultural references, this book has it all. In fact it has over 400 pages of it. As did each of the first two practically identical books.

If you have gotten this far into the series, then you are a committed fan, and I say good for you. If you are looking at this book as an introduction to the series, I strongly urge you to go back and start at book one, (which sets out the premise and all the main characters).
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Format: Hardcover
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

I read this series for the pure fun of it and for Basye the third time is the charm. Blimpo is the best book yet of this series. As anyone reading the series knows, when we were told at the end of book two that the next volume would be called Blimpo, my eyes lit up knowing we would be returning to the character Virgil from book one. Virgil, who became Milton's best friend in the first book, is the central figure in this volume earning him the position of hero.

Milton and Marlo are right where we left them at the end of Rapacia. Marlo is her usual opinionated, aggressive self and getting herself in trouble while at the same time finding out things she shouldn't know; putting herself in a dangerous position when Milton finally comes to rescue her as promised in book 2. Milton is simply trying to keep away from Principal Bubb and hide. His first choice of friends include Jack Kerouac and a blind Viking who can see, both of whom are absolutely hilarious. But when Milton comes upon Blimpo, he puts on a fat suit and goes undercover to rescue Virgil. Little does he know of the nefarious plot going down between the vice principals to become make Blimpo much more powerful in the whole realm of Heck. The fun teachers in Blimpo are King Tantalus, complete with portable pool of water and peach tree, and the chubby Elvis.

The humour level was right where expected, funny and silly, worthy of a smile. This volume does bring back the toilet humour of book one but it isn't overly done and fits well when used. The storyline is becoming more involved. While each book has its own individual open and shut plot, this book introduces some elements that will be ongoing and adds a deeper, overall story arc to the series.
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