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Noisy Outlaws, Unfriendly Blobs, and Some Other Things . . .: That Aren't as Scary, Maybe, Depending on How You Feel About Lost Lands, Stray ... Quite Finish, So Maybe You Could Help Us Out Hardcover – October 1, 2005


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  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: McSweeney's; 1st edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932416358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932416350
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr. 4-7. This is a charming, funny anthology from little-indie-engine-that-could. McSweeney's boasts an all-star list of contributors from both adult books and children's literature. The collection begins with a hilarious introduction by noted misanthrope Lemony Snicket, who parodies various kid-lit genres (a talking paperweight, a long-division worm who makes math fun, etc.). This sort of kid-friendly irreverence marks the best of these stories. Kelly Link tells the story of a boy who encounters a thoughtful, verbose monster on a summer camp overnight. And Nick Hornby proves his versatility with a quirky tale about a young resident of the world's smallest nation. Some of the stories from adult-book writers aren't as effective--while Jonathan Safran Foer's story (taken from his new novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) is evocative of childhood, its real audience is adult. But rarely does an anthology contain so much good stuff from big names, and whether they are drawn to the book by Jeanne DuPrau or Jon Sciezka or Snicket, middle-grade readers will likely emerge from this with new favorite authors. John Green
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Contributors include: Barry Blitt, Juliette Borda, Peter de Sève, Shelley Dick, Henrik Drescher, Jeanne DuPrau, Marcel Dzama, Jonathan Safran Foer, Clement Freud, Neil Gaiman, David Heatley, Brett Helquist, Nick Hornby, Richard Kennedy, James Kochalka, David Levinson Wilk, Kelly Link, George Saunders, Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith, Lemony Snicket, Rachell Sumpter, Sam Swope, and Jan Van Der Veken.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Frances D. Granatino on November 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
What more can one say about a book that sports brand new, fresh-off-the presses stories by the likes of Nick Hornby, Neil Gaiman and Jon Scieszka?

Plenty.

How about an introduction by Lemony Snicket, that starts: "An introduction to a book of stories is like a warning printed on a bottle in a medicine cabinet....," with funky illustrations by Brett Helquist?

What if Lemony Snicket has also written, on the inside of the dust jacket, the beginnings of a story that, when completed and submitted by some lucky reader, will be eligible for a grand prize? The dust jacket is designed so that it can double as an envelope for your submission, but I really wouldn't want to do that if I were you, since this book is going to be a collector's item. Actually, I wish I hadn't told you about any of this, since I'm going to be buying up as many copies as I can get my hands on.

My two favorite stories are "Seymour's Last Wish," by Sam Swope, and "The ACES Phone," by Jeanne DuPrau. The former features a young lad - the hapless Seymour - whose mother favors cats over him, until a fairy grants Seymour three wishes and his options expand; the latter introduces the reader to a cell phone found on a playground that has unusual spiritual powers with respect to canines.

Want to know more? Well, for starters, there used to be a Sixth Borough in New York City. There's an explanation and a fold-out map in case you're wondering what happened to it.

There is also an Excessively Difficult Crossword Puzzle, for those who like such things. I suspect Mr. Snicket had a hand in this crossword puzzle, crafted by David Levinson Wilk, but you'll have to make up your own mind on that one. And if the answer to one of the questions is "Count Olaf," I certainly didn't tell you.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By amyrose on November 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I told myself I bought this book for my son but actually planning to keep it for myself. It is a great collection, all of the stories are charming, fun and interesting.

However, I wasn't allowed to keep it for myself as my 7 year old son loved it even more than me. He read the Neil Gaiman story first but then got sucked in and spent last Saturday morning reading it - I don't think you can ask for a more ringing endorsement than that.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Craig VINE VOICE on January 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Take some excellent, renowmed writers, have them write a collection of stories for kids, and this is what you get. An eclectic, fun, sometimes creepy mix of tales that those of all ages are likely to enjoy.

While writers like Nick Hornby and Neil Gaiman contribute, the best effort comes from Kelly Link, in his tale titled, "Monster." Although written for children, this is one of the funniest short stories I've read in quite some time - funny, scary, straightforward in its telling - and it's the highlight of an outstanding collection.

The only thing that keeps me from giving this 5 stars is the fact that there are a couple of weak stories that hurt the overall collection. Still, I'd highly recommend this for readers of any age. You might not like every story, but I guarantee that there will be several that catch your fancy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dana the Witch on December 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The general impression is that it's a collection of stories that the authors would have like to read when they were kids. Some of them may be scary to the announced age group (4-7) but most are just sweet. For the adult many of them will remind the reader how it was to be a kid. And for the kid, this will make them feel vindicated for many injustices they suffer, like the loud mean boy that everybody likes, over-controlling parents, and having to play sports when they really don't want to.

The funniest part was the introduction by Lemony Snicket. I'd like to know how Paul Revere did wrong by him.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ellen schinderman on November 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
what a fun collection. not only was there a terrific neil gaiman story, but grimble was fantastic! and the art's great. love books aimed at kids that are as much fun for the (semi) adults who know and love them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ninjac on November 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book. I'm 29 and am addicted to smart kid lit like The Series of Unfortunate Events, Artemis Fowl and Coraline and really, who is not a fan of McSweeney's? So I was all excited when this book came out and ran down to the store (well; ran, sat on metro, ran to store, bought book, walked home quietly with nose firmly planted.) Not only does it feature incredibly awesome stories but the cover alone is worth the price of it. And I'm not talking about the dust jacket, which is one of the best ideas ever, but the cover itself should be framed somewhere. (go ahead take a peek, you know you want to!) And it got my neices and nephews excited when I took it out of my bag to read it to them that night. Isn't that what a cover's supposed to do? Oh and they liked the stories too, but they only get one a night when I'm babysitting them. (there's 5 of em from 3 yrs old to 9) So, read this book because its a great read and because it helps a great cause.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By doc peterson VINE VOICE on January 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
After hearing Nick Hornby read his short story "Small Country" on NPR, I had to pick up this book. I was not disappointed. The stories are odd, humorous, and a bit-off center, but they are also immensely enjoyable. The themes are geared primarily towards younger readers (stories about parents leaving for Peru, monsters at summer camp, over protective fathers - you get the idea), with a tongue-in-cheek parody about them that is reminiscent of Lemony Snicket (who, in fact, wrote the introduction.)

Most stories are sure to be a hit with the grade 3 - 6 crowd; the final story by Jonathan Safran Foer ("The Sixth Borough") is a bit less kid-friendly, but the collection as a whole is a fun read. Highly recommended for young readers.
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