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Dr. Dredd's Wagon of Wonders Paperback


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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 13, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064402894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064402897
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,750,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-7 Another chronicle of remarkable doings at Coven Tree, a village somewhere in New England, andalthough some might not think it possiblea better-crafted, more fascinating account than Brittain's previous novels The Wish Giver (1983) and Devil's Donkey (1981, both Harper). Directly commissioned by Satan, Dr. Dredd arrives to sow seeds of greed in the townfolk of Coven Tree. Dredd's agent is a captive boy who can make rain, a commodity long scarce in Coven Tree. As told by storekeeper ``Stew Meat,'' the people rally and overcome Dredd and his supernatural allies, Antaeus (last defeated by Hercules); the Black Knight; and a new-hatched, fire-breathing dragon. Witchy and wonderful, scenes and characters are extremely visual representations of people and their well-paced action. How the mega-evil Dr. Dredd comes on strong in Coven Tree and is finally, and satisfactorily, reduced to ``a tiny pile of white dust,'' is so engrossing that when readers finish this tale, they will want to flip back to the beginning and read it again. George Gleason, Department of English, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Bill Brittain's tales of the rural New England village of Coven Tree are well loved by children of all ages. The Wish Giver was a Newbery Honor Book; it and Devil's Donkey were both named ALA Notabled Children's Books as well as School Library Journal Best Books. Dr. Dredd's Wagon of Wonders was a 1988 Children's Editors' Choice (ALA Booklist), and Professor Popkin's Prodigious Polish was named a "Pick of the Lists" by American Bookseller.

Mr. Brittain has written many other delightful books, which have also received high acclaim. Among these are All the Money in the World, which won the 1982-1983 Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award and which has been adapted for an ABC-TV Saturday Special; and The Fantastic Freshman, which was named an ALA Recommended Book for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.

Bill Brittain lives with his wife, Ginny, in Asheville, North Carolina.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy on February 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
this spellbinder kept me at the edge of my seat while i read! it's the best book ever.........A MUST READ!!!!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Dredds wagon of wonders was my favorite book of Bill Brittain. I always wanted to read it! I liked it because it was exciting and I couldn't wait till the next page! I hope you like it as much as I did!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book was the best book ever, full of suspense and action. If you like action or any other suspensful book because it was full of different individual stories and characters, the best book ever was this book. The book is so short and could be read in one day. If you enjoy this book, I also recommend The Wish Giver Three Tale of Coven Tree.

P.S This book ROCKS
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John B. on July 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Fifteen years ago I chose this off the Accelerated Reader Program to read, and by golly it was a great read for a kid who had only read comics and picture books before hand. I'd recommend it to any kid who'd want to jump from such things to prose, or an adult who wants an easy read for a bus ride
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3 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Baume on January 31, 2002
Format: Paperback
If the title of this book sounds like it's trying too hard, that's probably because it is - and the story follows suit. Not terribly suspenseful, its characters only faintly given depth, rarely engaging and boringly derivative, the story seems to focus on writing style at the expense of relating anything substantive. The story is cloying, with overdone and predictable characters and situations, all of which makes the characters' occasional sense of urgency confusing since their stakes and motivations are never really addressed. In fact the exact motive of the chief antagonist isn't ever made clear - it all just comes off as being menacing for the sake of being menacing - and so the protagonists' struggle just seems pointless. There are times when the story takes itself so seriously and is so bad it's funny - such as when Old Magda gives Ellen a stick to defend herself against great danger, the townspeople accept Dr. Dredd's monsters into their town without a second thought, and numerous anachronisms roam unattended. These events would be intentionally funny if they were treated as comic hubris - but they're not. Additionally, the characters in the town are barely made distinct by their names. Not even deeply characterized enough to be stereotypes, the townsfolk are a mob - a grey, behaviorless, functionless mob.
Compare this story to some of the great suspense/mystical/adventure stories - like the Narnia Chronicles, or for something darker Christopher Pike's work - it doesn't stand up for a moment. Bland, bland, bland.
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