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Escape of the Mini-Mummy (Who Shrunk Daniel Funk?) Hardcover – September 9, 2008
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3–6—In this follow-up to Attack of the Growling Eyeballs (S & S, 2008), sixth-grader Daniel Funk must create a diorama for history class. He and his friend Vu decide to make an Egyptian tomb complete with mummy. Later, Daniel and his twin, Pablo, who is the size of a toe, decide that if they wrap Pablo up in toilet paper, he would make a more realistic mummy than one of his LEGO® people. Of course, the project does not go smoothly and in the process Daniel shrinks several times, always at the worst moment, and for reasons that they have yet to figure out. Was it the cinnamon he ate or the chemicals he ran through? Obviously, it's a mystery to be solved in future adventures. The writing is fast paced, with some of it really funny and other times more on the order of fourth-grade bathroom humor. One joke that is repeated too often has to do with confusion over the word "diorama," thought to be "diarrhea." Daniel does win the diorama contest, not because his entry is better, but because Pablo plays a somewhat mean trick on his competition. Readers are led to believe that this is justified because the other boy is a bully. One or two pen-and-ink illustrations appear in each chapter. Additional.—Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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About the Author
Lin Oliver is the author of the Who Shrunk Daniel Funk series, and the co-author, with Henry Winkler, of the bestselling Hank Zipzer series. She is a writer and producer of movies, books, and television series for children and families. The co-founder and executive director of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and sons. Visit her at linoliver.com.
Stephen Gilpin graduated from the NYC School of Visual Arts where he studied painting and cartooning. He is the illustrator of the Who Shrunk Daniel Funk series and The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy series. Stephen currently lives in Hiawatha, KS. Visit him at sgilpin.com.
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The story is about a boy who has shrinking episodes where he gets down to the size of a toe. The weirder thing is that he has a brother, Pablo, who is always small that no one knows about and who was born in his ear. (Reminds me of Zeus and Athena)
The adventure they have in this book involves a diorama competition and while the narrative is 'smart' and engaging, the plot never rises above average.
Lively narrative with a school setting that older children will probably relate to: there's a bully and diverse school population.
Older kids probably won't mind, but many adults are not going to like that negative tone that the Funkster takes towards the females in his family.
The Accelerated Rating level for this book is 3.6 (ATOS) which means that the average 3rd Grader in the 6th month of school should be able to read this book without getting too frustrated by words they don't know.
The Interest Level is given as 3rd thru 6th Grade.
Overall, an average sort of book that just wasn't our cuppa at the moment. Perhaps in a few years.
Will young kids and even some middle schoolers love "Escape the Mini-Mummy"? Absolutely. The story was easy to read and full of humor. I know I passed it on to my son, and will definitely order the sequels as they become available.
Quite honestly I was bored to death and only got half way through. First person narrative from a young boy's perspective. It just didn't move fast enough for me. However it is easy to read and has some cute drawings. Consequently I would have rated it 1 Star.
So to be fair, I took it to a friend (who is a good 10yrs younger than me) and asked her if her son would read it and let me know how he liked it. Instead of doing that, she read it herself. She thought the book was hysterical and gave it 5 stars.
So I am recommending this to anyone under 50yrs old as apparently I no longer relate to children.
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