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Krindlekrax, or, How Ruskin Splinter Battled a Horrible Monster and Saved His Entire Neighborhood Hardcover – March 17, 1992
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From Publishers Weekly
As zany as Ridley's Dakota of the White Flats , this novel by the winner of England's 1991 Smarties Book Prize introduces the inhabitants of Lizard Street, a gaggle of unconventional characters whose lives are intertwined. Thin, redheaded Rushkin Splinter, the epitome of wimpdom, is the protagonist; other cast members include his petite mother, forever offering toast and tea; Mr. Splinter, a woeful ex-zookeeper; kindhearted Corky, the school custodian; and a window-smashing bully named Elvis. As events unfold, Rushkin learns how his parents and most of his neighbors played a part in producing Krindlekrax, a monster that lurks beneath Lizard Street. Determined to avenge past wrongs and save his neighborhood from destruction, Rushkin sets out to tame the beast. By the end of his mission, the lad proves that even a weakling can become a hero. More enjoyable than the novel's rather obvious theme is Ridley's spirited telling. His invention of a young Don Quixote is sure to tickle the fancy of comic-adventure buffs. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6-- The author of Dakota of the White Flats (Knopf, 1991) offers more silly black comedy in this tale of a pipsqueak-turned-hero. Ruskin Splinter wants to be a dragon-slayer in the class play, but he's pushed out of the role by bully Elvis Cave, window-bashing terror of the neighborhood. Later, when Ruskin hears of a huge, toast-fed crocodile named Krindlekrax haunting the sewers below the street, he decides to take it on. In short order, and not without some splashing around in the sewer, Ruskin sends the monster packing--and in a frenzy of heroism, both humbles the bully by puncturing his soccer ball and reclaims his role in the play. The adults here, especially Ruskin's birdbrained mother and drunken, unemployed father, are stupid and ineffectual; the plot is thin and trivial; and most readers won't find much to engage their interest, either in the monster's brief appearance, or Elvis's exaggerated, bathetic repentance. --John Peters, New York Public Library
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Top customer reviews
Ridley succeeds in this one. Ruskin is a boy who wants to become the hero in his school play. Unfortunately his dream is crushed when his enemy Elvis gets the role. He also discovers that a dangerous crocodile lives in the neighborhood sewer. Ruskin eventually becomes the hero he longs to be.
Although I prefer his more edgy work this is worth picking up.