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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1 edition (August 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416537864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416537861
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,362,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Rotter relies heavily on black street slang for comic effect in his zany debut, starting with chizapter 1. Wally Moscowitz, a self-described frumpy, kinda chubby little boring man living in Los Angeles, writes lyrics for rapper Oral B, the current star of Godz-Illa Records. When not penning lyrics full of four-letter words for Oral, Wally also writes dirty bedtime fables for adults, examples of which are sprinkled throughout the novel. Godz-Illa CEO Abraham Dandy Lyons has assured Wally that if anyone ever discovers that Oral B isn't writing his own lyrics, Wally will end up in a ditch. Soon, Wally's dog gets 'napped, goons are trying to kill Wally and everyone rushes to and fro against a backdrop of glitzy L.A. bizness thuggery. Rotter's a talented writer, though readers who find variations of the same joke funny enough to support the silly plot will be most rewarded.
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"Gabe Rotter will revolutionize the current political landscape with this authoritative, influential analysis of America's policy agenda. Okay, maybe not. But Wally Moscowitz for President."

-- Arianna Huffington, cofounder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post and author of On Becoming Fearless

"I thought I was funny. But after reading Duck Duck Wally, I'm not funny at all. Gabe Rotter is. (Even his name sounds funny.)"

-- Chuck Barris, author of The Big Question and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

"I thoroughly enjoyed the hilarious, original, and very strange Duck Duck Wally. Gabe Rotter is hugely talented, extremely funny, and, I suspect, a complete lunatic -- a lunatic who sure can rhyme. Read this book fo shizzle."

-- Lisa Lutz, author of The Spellman Files

"Duck Duck Wally brilliantly exploits the absurdities of modern pop culture. Rotter's menagerie of oddball characters will have readers hooked from page one."

-- Brad Listi, author of Attention. Deficit. Disorder

"In addition to being a kick-ass debut novel, Duck Duck Wally is a complete abs workout that will tone and tighten your entire core! I haven't laughed this hard in a long time."

-- Will Clarke, author of The Worthy and Lord Vishnu's Love Handles

"[Duck Duck Wally] pays entertaining dividends in this slapstick send-up of show business in general and hip-hop in particular...there are plenty of laughs in this debut novel"

-Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

A native of New York, Gabe Rotter now permanently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter. He graduated from the film school at The University of Southern California in 2000, and has since worked in television, produced a feature film, published the novels "Duck Duck Wally" and "The Human Bobby," and the novella "Concepts Magical." He is currently Director of Development for Ten Thirteen Productions. He has several of his own projects in development for film and television adaptation.

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Oh yeah and I look pretty cool walking around holding it!!!
Park Ranger
This is a very funny book: great characters, great plot and wonderfully funny diaglog, rhymes and rapping.
Margaret Olmsted
It was the funniest and most compulsively readable novel I have read, maybe ever.
Jane Readmore

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jane Readmore on August 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'm not really a huge fiction reader or one to post amazon reviews, but I work for a magazine and we received this book a few months ago for review. It has been passed around our office non-stop since we got it. My co-worker INSISTED that I read it, and I am very glad that i did. It was the funniest and most compulsively readable novel I have read, maybe ever. Just so much fun. i hope it does well because i want more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Josie Renwah on November 8, 2010
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Duck Duck Wally is totally a guy's book. It's full of rap and violence and guy imagery and masculine concepts of what's cool and funny. It has Mother-Goose-type porn in it, for crying out loud. So how did a middle aged hen like my self come to love it so much? Easy - I was tricked, pulled in by the voice of the unassuming, frumpy, wallflower that is Wally.

See, I know Wally. You know him too. Everybody knows a Wally.

He's the guy in the yearbook no one remembers, the dude at work you walk by without noticing, the cousin who still sleeps in your aunt's basement, the brother of your best friend that you can never remember the name of, the driver of the broken down heap blocking the intersection, the guy who works in the back or the basement or whatever.

He is the average Joe that nothing much ever really happens to, the representation of all the faceless people that seem only to exist to witness the rest of the world's great accomplishments, which means he's me and, statistically speaking, he's probably you too.

Even though this guy is nobody, even though he's not good looking, even though he's a human doormat, even though he smells like bacon fat and it looks like he's slept in that t-shirt for three days straight, you'll jostle the crowd to get closer to him because this guy who never has anything to say worth saying has a story to tell, a you've-got-to-be-kidding-me story, a leaves you slack jawed and shaking your head story, a too-amazing-to-be-true story, and even though it is - it is fiction after all - you're going to hang on to every word he says because it happened to "this guy," this ordinary guy, this chubby-little-white-putz-that-writes-rap guy, and because it's the best damn story you've heard in a long time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KaleighEB on July 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book had me literally laughing out loud every where. On the train heading into the city a woman actually asked me what book I was reading that had me laughing so much. The way Gabe writes is amazingly honest to how your every day person would think in the same situation. Example; in the car with Oral B and his brothers. I was lol'ing at the entire situation.
I would absolutely recommend this to anyone looking for a quick entertaining read (finished it in 2 days, I love this kind of humor)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Coulter McAbery on December 2, 2009
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Got a recommendation from a friend I trust on this one, and I thought it was great, enjoyed every minute of it, reminded me a bit of Elmore Leonard Novel. Highly recommend this one!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Olmsted on August 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a very funny book: great characters, great plot and wonderfully funny diaglog, rhymes and rapping. I look forward to more books from Gabe Rotter!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JRG on August 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book ROCKED!!! I read it in one day and loved every second of it. It is really clever and flows so smoothly into and out of each twist and turn. I laughed the entire way through it. If this was his first novel, I can't wait to see what the author does next.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Mulkey on August 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Once I found out what the premise for the book was I had to get it. I mean a doughy 30 something jewish guy who is secretly a ghost writer for a gangsta rapper named Oral B, come on. It is almost a Farrelly brothers movie with that alone. The book has plenty of twists and Rotter's ability to translate rap colloquialisms into written text is mind blowing.

One of Wally's freestyle rhyme's cracks me up the most. "I'm stoned and I'm spinnin' and the chronic got me feelin' like I'm Lionel f$ckin' Riche and I'm dancin' on the ceilin'." Too funny

The book is quick to get into and hard to put down.
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