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Puppy Fat Hardcover – April 1, 1996

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Convinced that his separated parents have little chance of attracting new mates due to their advanced ages (36 and 37) and excess body fat, Keith, 13, the budding artist previously met in Misery Guts and Worry Warts, goes on an all-out campaign to make them over, or at least get them dates. His first effort-advertising them in realistic nude portraits at a school art exhibit-is spectacularly unsuccessful. And a mural with their idealized, swimsuit-clad figures on the side of a building in their South London neighborhood only causes the local travel agent to sell more beach holidays. But no matter: with his fearless best friend, Tracy, and her Aunty Bev, a Spandex-clad beautician, coming to visit from Australia, Keith figures he'll have his folks made over and dating in no time. However, things don't turn out as Keith had planned: Mum finds a boyfriend on her own; neither Dad's new look nor his romance with Bev suits him; and Bev is hounding Tracy mercilessly about getting fat. Everything comes out all right in the end, but not until Keith realizes that looks aren't everything. If the message Gleitzman conveys isn't wholly new, seldom has it been so gleefully and palatably presented. A punchy narrative, droll characters and original plot make this a real page-turner. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 6-8?Australian author Gleitzman sets this novel in London. Keith Shipley, introduced in Misery Guts and Worry Warts (both Harcourt, 1995) is a teen who worries that his recently separated parents are both letting their appearances go to the point that they will be unable to attract new mates. Feeling a sense of urgency about the situation, he begins a matchmaking campaign. Unbeknownst to Mum and Dad, he tries (unsuccessfully) to place personal ads for each of them and then turns to his artistic talents as a means of promoting them. Interlaced with the plot is a visit from Keith's best pal from Australia, Tracy, and her Aunty Bev. Both story lines seem wholly implausible. First of all, it is highly unlikely that a teenage boy would assume full responsibility for restoring his parents' love lives and happiness. Also, the means he uses to achieve his dreams are truly preposterous. Keith's hope that Tracy's arrival will jolly up his parents is as far-fetched as the brief liaison between Keith's slovenly fry-cook father and Tracy's fanatic health-nut aunt. A failed romantic comedy.?Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; 1 edition (April 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 015200047X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152000479
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,086,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hi am Robin Gustavs Son , Puppy Fat is a great book to read. Its a great book for kids aswell as adults because its a book for the family to laugh about. When i was reading this book its was so true it happens in the world around us. I rate it myself 5 stars because Morris Gleitzman is a great author and has wrote many good books for kids and adults. I hope anyone that has read this book agrees with me and i hope you will enjoy it as i did when i was reading this great book.
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