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Gr 7-10-Tom Parking figured his life was too normal for him ever to be whisked off to an alternate world like a character in a book or movie, much as that would please him. Then his estranged father shows up in the guise of Gark and takes him, via the used-clothes donation box, to an unnamed kingdom of salvaged junk to be their Chosen One. When the teen's reception by the king is less than enthusiastic and he winds up being assigned to the Royal Rat-Snottery to prove his worth, Tom decides to return home to consider his options. He focuses on trying to win the attention of beautiful Lindsy Kopec instead of trying to be the salvation of a "crap kingdom." But when his friend Kyle takes his place as the Chosen One, wins over the king, and acquires magical powers, Tom can't help but be jealous. To add insult to injury, the soul that inhabits Tom's body whenever he visits Kyle is the brave and confident type of guy he always wished he could be. Everything comes to a head when Tom is captured by an enemy king and forced into the army that is bent on destroying the unnamed kingdom. When his friend's life is in jeopardy, Tom discovers that there is much more to him than he has ever given himself credit for. Put this one on your list of good reads for guys.-Cary Frostick, Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church, VAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Praise for CRAP KINGDOM by DC Pierson:

“A hilarious and surreally honest book. Crap Kingdom is anything but the first half of its title.”—Donald Glover

“Pierson’s funny, giddy anti-epic is the summer blockbuster your burnout friend never got around to writing.”—Patton Oswalt, comedian

“It’s not just an incredible fantasy book. It’s also so evocative of high school angst and joy. It really makes me wish I were a fifteen year old boy again.”—Megan Amram, staff writer, “Parks & Recreation”

“Like the hero of a fantasy novel, DC Pierson was merely an insanely gifted comic like everyone else, until he wakened to his secret destiny: to write brilliant and hilarious novels (oh, and also to lead the were-centaurs in final battle against the Ageless Narwhaldactyl, but you read about that in the news).”—John Hodgman, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” correspondent and author of That Is All

“DC Pierson’s fantastic, fantastical, and most of all funny Crap Kingdom fits perfectly between Douglas Adams and the Harry Potter novels. And not just because of the alphabet.”—Matt Fraction, writer, Marvel’s The Mighty Thor and Invincible Iron Man comics

“To balance a world as fantastical as that of Crap Kingdom with profoundly relatable moments of pure honesty is no easy task, and DC Pierson has made it appear effortless.” —Chris Gethard, author, A Bad Idea I’m About To Do
 

"Put this one on your list of good reads for guys." —School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (March 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067001432X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670014323
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,016,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book has plenty of comedy, action, suspense, fantasy and science fiction throughout.
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I would recommend this book not only to young adults, but to anyone who enjoys a quick read about the adventures of a underdog.
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Pierson avoids this, choosing to tell the story first and let the jokes come when needed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By boudieka on March 13, 2013
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This novel was a lot of fun to me. I read a lot of girly YA (I'm a lady type), and this was a refreshing change. I wish I had read it when I was about 14, it would have made all my interactions with gentlemen types a lot easier to understand.

The story is fun and refreshing, and embodies the attitude of my generation. I appreciated the pop culture references smattered throughout. The protagonist is definitely in the antihero/slacker vein that is gaining popularity with my generation. I have never been a slacker, but DC made me understand how someone can be, and made them empathetic to me.

The story starts out slow (in a good way) and ramps up to a very fantastical and exciting conclusion.

There is no cussing, because DC didn't think there could be, so that's a plus for anyone concerned about their child reading this book. It is, truly, a must read for both genders in their early teens to late twenties (that's where I am). However, I think younger readers will get more out of the book than I did, because I learned some of the lessons it teaches the hard way.

Thank you, DC, for an awesome book. I will buy anything else you publish, for as long as I am alive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PDXbibliophile on May 14, 2013
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A quirky parody of fantasy novels should be laugh out funny, but Crap Kingdom is more like a few chuckles funny. The characters are unique, likeable, and entertaining, but mostly flat and one dimensional. Fantasy novels are usually action packed, but Crap Kingdom is mostly driven by witty dialogue. Poor Tom. He tries so hard to do the right thing and make good decisions, but his decisions usually come back to bite him, and he fears his conscientiousness makes him boring. So, when he is kidnapped and told by his kidnapper that he is the Chosen One for an alternate world, Tom is ecstatic. He envisions having magical powers, admiring minions, a beautiful young woman assisting him, and lots of luxurious rewards. Upon arrival, Tom discovers "his" kingdom is a community of weirdos living in mountains of garbage with a ruler who is grouchy and bossy. When he is told his chosen job is to collect snot at the rat snottery, Tom decides he will forego his destiny and return to his boring life. Later Tom learns his replacement chosen one is his best friend, and when friend, Kyle, takes Tom back to the kingdom, Tom sees that Kyle was rewarded with everything Tom expected and didn't get. Tom is livid with envy. So, he makes a decision that turns out to be, for both him and the citizens of Crap Kingdom, a collossal life threatening mistake. A not-so-surprising twist at the end hints strongly of sequels. If so, more Crap Kingdom high jinx and less earthly teen angst would be make for a great story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beth Baldanzi on April 9, 2013
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This is a great YA novel, but it's also a great read for anyone! Pierson creates an absorbing, realistic world. You can see his UCB improv training at work in the pages, and it makes for a very fun, engaging coming of age tale.
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Crap Kingdom is a fun, gentle subversion of the conventional fantasy story—you know, the kind in which the hero finds himself in a mysterious land and destined to stop a terrible threat. And that's what Tom Parking wants—to escape his decent but mundane life and instead be the “chosen one” of an alternate world, one in which he can be a hero with a special purpose. The funny thing, though, is that he actually gets his wish, but perhaps one should be careful what he wishes for...

And the title sums up the rest. Tom's "kingdom" is not the usual fairy tale kind with sunny skies, glittering castles, and frolicking white unicorns. Rather, it's almost literally a junk heap, with a king who distrusts him, an indifferent populace, and a surprising lack of magic all around. Or so it seems.

D.C. Pierson's book is an unpredictable one. The plot bounces and twists in unexpected directions, constantly pushing its befuddled protagonist into circumstances both bewildering and bizarre. Indeed, the most predictable element is Tom himself, who regularly makes poor decisions despite being an overall decent guy.

It's all in good fun, however—Tom's reaction to his less than idyllic surroundings are probably no different than what anyone else's would be, and much of the story's humor is derived by the reader sympathizing with the character as he goes from one predicament to the next. In truth, Tom's "Crap Kingdom" is so crappy, it sometimes seems like Pierson is trying too hard to make his point just for the sake of a few more laughs. The narration of the story itself is also slightly obtrusive, sometimes over-explaining Tom's feelings and thoughts when less would have been more.

But the book succeeds for one reason—it's hard to put down.
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"Crap Kingdom" is funny, sweet and sincere. I think anyone would enjoy this book, but especially don't skip it if you've ever been a high school boy who enjoys fantasy novels or is into theatre or maybe sometimes has trouble talking to girls. There's a lot to love in terms of the broad fantasy concepts here, but the real reason to keep reading is for the simple, honest character relationships. At a few points I remember thinking that I wouldn't mind if all the fantasy elements disappeared, and the book just continued following the totally normal life of the main character going to school and trying out for plays. (This does not happen though. There is a lot of crazy, fun fantasy stuff, and it is probably for the best.)

I only wish that the book were longer, as I would have loved to see some of the characters fleshed out more. Also, there are some ideas (soul-swapping) that are so awesome, they could easily be the basis for another book entirely. But what's in there is all golden. I recommend not reading the inside flap or any plot summaries, as it's more fun to read everything fresh as it unfurls.

Definitely pick this up and DC Pierson's other book "The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To" as well.
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