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The Squampkin Patch: A Nasselrogt Adventure Hardcover – Print, August 8, 2006

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Grade 4-7–Temporarily orphaned by workaholic parents trapped in tanning beds at the mall, Milton and Chloe Nasselrogt escape the local zipper factory-cum-orphanage only to end up in the village of Goodfellow's Landing. Taking up temporary abode in the candy maker's abandoned house, the children discover that his squampkin patch (think carnivorous attack pumpkins) may be responsible for several mysterious disappearances. The plot becomes tangled when hundreds of viney squampkins rush the house. Petty has a tremendous gift for humor, his witty style paralleling that of Roald Dahl and Lemony Snicket. Gems like What did I tell you about talking to yeti? and Milton could spot an Oompa Loompa reference from a mile off will choke chuckles out of the most hardened readers. The zigzagging zany story shares Jean Ferris's talent of being almost too implausible to believe, although Petty avoids predictable happily-ever-after orphan story clichés. The squampkin patch captures its share of victims, leaving readers with disquieting images mixed with relief for Chloe and Milton's escape. While the ending is disappointingly rushed, readers will relish Petty's joyous use of language in this tantalizing confection.–Caitlin Augusta, The Darien Library, CT
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About the Author

JT Petty is the author of Clemency Pogue: Fairy Killer and The Squampkin Patch: A Nasselrogt Adventure. He is also a director and screenwriter for movies and video games. His film Soft for Digging was an Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival. He received a Game Developers Choice Award for his work on the bestselling video game Splinter Cell. JT lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit his Web site at

David Michael Friend is a freelance illustrator and animator living in Brooklyn, New York, whose creations have been used by such companies as Sesame Workshop, Disney, Jim Henson Company, and the Cartoon Network. He illustrated JT Petty's The Squampkin Patch, Blueberry Mouse by Alice Low, and the graphic novel Daniel and the Great Bearded One by Richard W. Friend III. Visit him at

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 14 years
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; First Printing edition (August 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416902740
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416902744
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,586,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, raised in Cheverly (on the outskirts of Washington D.C.), tormented in Severna Park (on the outskirts of Annapolis) and then found a home on the inskirts of Brooklyn, NY. I make a living at storytelling in any medium anybody will hire me in.

Outside of books, I also write and direct scary movies (Soft for Digging, Mimic Sentinel) and write videogames (Splinter Cell, Pandora Tomorrow, Batman: Begins). If anybody claims I once fronted a country-western band, it's a groundless rumor.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Secret Shopper on December 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The characters are well developed and interesting. The imagery is vivid and contributes well to the storyline. It's a very funny book with suspense but right at the end the horror factor has a sudden scary peak that seemed odd for the book. Also, there's a moment where a magical escape takes place and the magic factor is completey ignored. It's never explained and nothing magical like that happens again. It was weird. But the book was a lot of fun to read and I can see myself rereading it every halloween. I think kids aged 10 and up would enjoy it. The older ones would get more of the jokes, but younger than 10 and some scenes might be too scary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Naomi on October 23, 2013
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Some may think this is a little too dark for the age group, so select this book for more mature readers. I think it will be enjoyed by lovers of RL Stine or Lemony Snickett.
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