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Boo Humbug (The Boo Series #4) Hardcover – September 11, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press; First Edition edition (September 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400073537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400073535
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Move over Dickens, there’s a new Scrooge in town. Of course, this one may be heading for a straitjacket. With Boo Humbug, Rene Gutteridge serves up a romping good read that alternately had me scratching my head and chuckling. And just when I thought the tale had reached its peak--a surprise ending that delivers the Christmas message with feeling.”
Tamara Leigh, author of Splitting Harriet


“A touch of eccentric, a measure of Dickens, and a generous dollop of love, and you have the perfect recipe for Christmas. Boo Humbug!
DiAnn Mills, When the Nile Runs Red


“What fun!  I enjoyed Boo Humbug from the first page to the last.  With characters that come alive and a storyline full of clever turns, it had me chuckling, cheering, and even reaching for a tissue at the end.  I think I’ll have to start a new Christmas tradition — reading Rene Gutteridge’s Boo Humbug.  I loved it!” 
Marlo Schalesky, author of 5 books, including Veil of Fire


“Only in Skary, Indiana, would a simple production of The Christmas Carol devolve into a hilarious disaster. With her trademark blend of insight and wit, Rene Gutteridge’s return to Skary is funny, heartwarming, and an absolute delight to read.”
Melanie Dobson, author of Together for Good and Going for Broke


“In Boo Humbug, Rene Gutteridge and her loveable cast of characters present a story of Christmas unlike any other. Charming, witty, and fun, this tale promises to delight readers for years to come.”
Diann Hunt, author of fourteen novels, including Be Sweet

About the Author

Rene Gutteridge is the author of several novels including Ghost Writer, the Boo series, and the Occupational Hazard novels. She is a published playwright with a degree in screenwriting and a decade of experience writing, directing, and publishing church comedy sketches. Rene is married to Sean, a musician, and is the mother of two. She is a fulltime novelist who lives and writes in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

More About the Author

Rene Gutteridge is the author of eighteen novels, including Escapement, Possession, Listen, Never the Bride (2011 Carol Award Winner), The Boo Series, The Storm Series, The Occupational Hazards Series and My Life as a Doormat, a Women of Faith selection for 2006. She has a degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in screenwriting and twenty years of experience writing, directing and publishing comedy sketches. She writes in both comedy and suspense genres. Her upcoming releases from Tyndale House Publishers: Heart of the Country, Misery Loves Company and Old Fashioned. From B&H Publishers: Greetings from the Flipside co-written with Cheryl McKay.

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While this book is short, it's great fun to read.
Deborah
I laughed so hard I cried and then some of those tears became from being touched by the message Gutteridge put into the book.
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I really liked this story and the loveable characters.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christina Lockstein on November 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Boo Humbug by Rene Gutteridge is the new holiday book in the ongoing Boo series about former horror writer Wolfe Boone and the denizens of Skary, Indiana. First off, let me say that I love Rene Gutteridge. I've read most of her other books and they are fantastic (read my reviews, I really mean it!). But I was very disappointed in this addition to the series. Wolfe and his wife Ainsley have had their first child, as has his friend Ollie and wife Melba. The two mothers' obsessions with their babies send the men into a ill-conceived version of Dickens' Christmas Carol directed by Lois Stepaphanopolis, one of the town's many kooks. Skary is populated with quirkly, hilarious characters who through their actions teach about the presence and love of God. Gutteridge has used them to great effect in previous titles. But here they move from quirky precious to annoying. Ainsley and Melba are paranoid about their children past humor into psychosis, and I found myself completely sympathizing with Wolfe. Maybe because of the few pages allowed in a novella, the story had to be compressed, but I missed larger appearances by other characters, and if you haven't read the previous books, I think you would be completely lost. Gutteridge pulls it back together for a satisfying conclusion about forgiveness and thankfulness and the true meaning of Christmas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Encouraged to think outside the box by her theatre teacher Professor Watson, Lois Stepaphanolopolis dreams of a special production of A Christmas Carol for the Skary, Indiana theatre. Her plan is turn the Dickens' classic into a horror thriller.

She writes a play, but everyone involved with the Stepaphanolopolis rendition struggles to understand it; perhaps because several films have adhered to the original classic and those that took some license did not stray anywhere near afar as Lois is pushing. Still the residents of Skary want to rally around their playwright that is if they can comprehend the message of her strange version that has Charles Dickens would haunt Stepaphanolopolis if he could come back from the grave.

Rene Gutteridge's "Boo" tales are some of the best inspirational stories on the market today (see BOO and BOO WHO). The latest winner BOO HUMBUG focuses on the Skary townsfolk rallying in support of Lois although many think her concept is dumb and those who do not for the most part cannot understand what she is doing. Readers will appreciate this fine novel as it takes a village to change a classic.

Harriet Klausner
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With Boo Humbug, Rene Gutteridge returns to Skary, Indiana (her own whacky version of Mayberry) for a delightfully twisted take on the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Lois Stepaphanopolis, director of Skary's local theater group, decides to bring A Christmas Carol to Skary residents as it's never been seen before - as a modern horror story. Jacob Marley is recast as Jae Cobb-Marley, a ruthless businesswoman in the fashion industry - and that's just the beginning of her attempts to "update" the classic tale. Add quirky cast members who don't "get" Lois's vision, like a pair of stressed, overtired new fathers seeking to escape diaper-duty for a few hours, and the stage is set for a comic clash of creative differences. When Skary's local "Scrooge," struggling literary agent Alfred Tennison, starts trying to promote the production in nearby towns, the word gets out that Skary is putting on THE Christmas story, as in angels, shepherds, and the baby Jesus - not Scrooge, ghosts, and Tiny Tim. When the mix-up is finally realized, Lois & Co. are left with just a few hours to pull off a miracle staging of the nativity story.

Boo Humbug is a super fast, quick read, but thanks to Gutteridge's strong storytelling skills it's full of surprising emotional depth. Her trademark humor shines in the story and her characterizations are as laugh-out-loud funny as readers of her novels have come to expect. I was somewhat surprised that in a novella Gutteridge's characters felt more fully realized than in some of her previous books (such as Scoop (The Occupational Hazards Series #1)).
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Welcome back to Skary, just in time for the holiday season! Lois, the town's budding playwright, has got it set in her mind that the town will put on a Christmas play this year. Not just any play, her revised version of the Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. Since Lois is in charge, chaos ensues. Wolfe feels like this play will be a flop but he goes along with it to escape the doldrums of being a father. Meanwhile his editor, Alfred Tennison, keeps avoiding being in the play but instead helps out with marketing. His efforts have hyped up the play so much that hundreds are planning to come by for opening night. But is the marketing deceiving? Will the show go on as planned?

I love going back to Skary for the holidays. It's always gives a good laugh and the characters are insane but lovable. Lois drives me nuts again. Her intentions are good but man, would I go crazy if I had to be in her play. It was funny thought reading about her insistence on having things try to go her way even though her warped mind can't see how wrong it would be. I found it hilarious that Lois told Dustin to follow poor Ainsley around because she is the picture of optimism. Poor Ainsley because right then she is anything but optimistic thanks to Wolf shirking fatherly duties. Surprisingly, Melb didn't annoy me like she had in the other books. She was being a tad overprotective with her son but then what new mother isn't? So I was pleasantly surprised to find myself not wanting to skip over her appearances. Both her and Ainsley reactions to being mothers are refreshing and it's also fun to read about Oliver and Wolfe's new experiences to fatherhood. The comment about changing diapers from two different perspectives was a hoot.
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