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Two Hot Dogs with Everything Hardcover – March 14, 2006

4.8 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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Grade 5-8 Eleven-year-old Danny Gurkin is a devoted Sluggers fan, even though the team has won only one championship in its 108-year history (and that took place in their very first season). Hope and superstition are the hallmarks of their doggedly loyal fans. During the season, Danny's life is dictated by a complex web of superstitions that dictate how and where he'll watch the games (always avoiding the wrong side of the sofa), what he'll wear, and what he'll eat (two hot dogs, though the toppings vary by circumstance: a rookie pitcher calls for extra onions, for example). Haven's first novel will delight readers with its whimsically exaggerated detail as he simultaneously celebrates and winks a knowing eye at baseball's cherished folklore and superstitions. The intricate plot, which begins with the curse of the poisoned pretzel, will keep readers on the edge of their seats right up to the glorious finale set during baseball's fall classic. Mysteriously odd characters disappear and reappear. Danny, his friends, and the Sluggers themselves are lovable underdogs, comically earnest, and recognizable to baseball fans everywhere. Haven's quirky style with an eye for oddball detail and comic hyperbole will remind readers of Roald Dahl and Eva Ibbotson. Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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Gr. 4-7. Haven debuts with a long, laid-back tale featuring a perennially hapless baseball team and its most superstitious fan. Though 11-year-old Danny, team ball boy, follows an elaborate regimen whenever the Sluggers are playing ("Never leave a window open when a right-hander is on the mound," etc.), the team is, typically, mired 16 games out. The luck begins to turn, however, after Danny filches a pack of 108-year-old gum from the decrepit mansion of team founder and bubblegum mogul Manchester E. Boddlebrooks. As Danny chews, the Sluggers start winning, ultimately climbing into a tie with the blue-chip Texas Tornadoes. But then, having sailed into celebrity status as team good-luck charm for the Sluggers, Danny captures the eye of the Tornadoes' ruthless owner, billionaire "Diamond" Bob Honeysuckle. Well endowed with stock characters and familiar side plots, as well as nail-biting baseball action that culminates in an epic championship series, this tale is for any kid who has ever turned a cap inside out or crossed a few fingers. Illustrations not seen. John Peters
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (March 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037583348X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375833489
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,588,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By N. Bilmes VINE VOICE on May 16, 2007
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I'm always on the lookout for a good story to read aloud to my 2nd graders, and this one fit the bill. Haven's engaging and quirky characters, combined with the baseball setting, and mysterious goings on made for a lively read that generated a lot of enthusiasm. Parts of this book reminded me of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, while other parts reminded me of Shoeless Joe.

A good story to read aloud, and a perfect one for sports-minded 4-7th graders to relish.
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My eight year old baseball nut of a grandson read this cover to cover yesterday as he traveled with his family to Arizona for camping and a couple of spring training games. Given its length, his parents thought it would keep him busy for a couple of days. Not so.
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This is simply a terrific book. Superb plot, colorful characters, beautifully written. It deserves to become a classic the likes of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland. My nine-year-old son couldn't put it down and suggested I read it as well. I did and I loved it. In fact, as soon as school starts I will be sharing it with my 2nd grade class. To a casual reader, it is a highly entertaining pageturner. To a teacher, it is more than a great read. It is rich with examples of fiction writing the way it should be. Hurray for Mr. Haven ... and a plea -- please write more!
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My ten-year-old has, for the last few years, only been willing to read:

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid books

2. Big Nate books

3. Captain Underpants books

Finding him a different (and better) novel that he enjoyed was nothing short of miraculous! Honestly, it's like the heavens opened up, restored my son's love for reading, and made me one super happy mom. Thank you, Mr. Haven. Please write more!
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I really like Danny (our hero), Molly and Lucas (all 11 years old).  I liked the "curse" of the pretzel.  ("...the pretzel had been invented more than a thousand years before by a lonely European monk named Ralph who had a lot of time on his hands."  I didn’t know that.  COOL!)  And, of course, "Two Hot Dogs with Everything".  Silly question:  If Danny eats 2 hot dogs at 162 games, that’s 324 hot dogs!  Is he alive? What about double-headers??

The Sluggers have not won in 108 years.
Page 7:  "In the 108 years since an immigrant bubble-gum tycoon named Manchester E. Boddlebrooks founded the team, the Sluggers had won only one championship, and that was in the very first year."

Now I have a question:  If this book started in 2006 and the Sluggers won 108 years ago, then they won in 1898. Well, if the last time the Chicago CUBS won the World Series was in 1908, and if the CUBS could win 108 years later, that would be in 2016.  That’s only 2 more years.  Come on CUBS!  You can do it!

Paul Haven, the author, is just excellent (BRAVO!) --- write more, please.  Tim Jessell’s (the illustrator) pictures were AMAZING!!!  [Tim has a lot of books, and one of them is "Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse".

I’m getting hungry.  Can I have a pretzel, nachos, soda, and (of course) "Two Hot Dogs with Everything!"

Ira
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My 9-year old son loved this book. He writes: This was definitely the best baseball book I have ever read! The main character, Danny Gurkin has tons of crazy ideas about giving the sluggers good luck. Sometimes they seem to work. But the sluggers are cursed when a poisoned pretzel kills a bubblegum tycoon. Paul Haven is a great writer.
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Many sports books have been written, but none greater than this. "Two Hot Dogs with Everything" shows what people will do to make their favorite team win.

It's an amazing book filled with superstitions and hope that a bad team will rise and win.

Paul Haven's love of baseball makes this book a winner of the World Series of books. It should be in the Hall of Fame.
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Witty and creative, it breaks away from standard kids' fare. For baseball lovers especially, this would make a great gift.
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