Winchell Mink: The Misadventure Begins

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9780060534998: Winchell Mink: The Misadventure Begins

All he wanted was to experience life (whatever that means) -- and now he's trapped on a high and dangerous cliff with only his pet turtle, Hannibal, around to help!

Fortunately, Hannibal is one of the Great Mystical Turtles of the Tortoissaic Period. Thanks to Hannibal's bizarre powers, Winchell finds himself time-hopping and body-morphing with baseball-playing dinosaurs, on trial for his life in a courtroom full of dancing tortoises, and fighting off bullies along with the appropriately nicknamed Bobby Plungerbutt.

Can Winchell survive all these encounters and still manage to get home in time for apple pie? Only author Steve Young knows for sure! But whatever happens, just don't expect Winchell's story to be like any you've ever read before.

Unless, of course, you've read Winchell's story before.

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About the Author:

Steve Young is an award-winning television and film writer and author of the book great failures of the extremely successful (Tallfellow Press). This is his first book for children. He lives in California with his wife and children, whom he was unable to sell on eBay, although he did try.

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Grade 3-6–Constantly bullied by the inventively articulate Clayton Moore, quirky Winchell Mink, 11, finds solace with his box turtle, Hannibal. One day, it begins communicating telepathically with him and encourages him to go out and experience life, but he ends up falling off a cliff. After Hannibal goes for help, Winchell thinks that if he were a turtle, he'd have saved himself by now. Zap! He's in his pet's body. The situation grows ever more bizarre when he finds that he has become a brontosaurus playing on the herbivore baseball team against the carnivores to determine the fate of life on Earth. He also experiences life as five-year-old Bobby Dungermutt, whose rear end is shaped and operates just like a toilet plunger, which makes picking up his toys a real cinch. In every episode, Winchell is bullied by some form of his nemesis. Eventually, the two boys swap bodies, affording Winchell the opportunity to learn that Clayton behaves the way he does because another bully killed his cat. Peace is made. It's all very exhausting and odd, with decorative text, musical notes, and smart-aleck footnotes enhancing the chaotic feel. The plot certainly moves quickly and the story is just gross enough to appeal to reluctant readers. However, Jon Scieszka's "Time Warp Trio" books (Viking) are a better bet for those looking for short, intelligently humorous adventures.–B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Library, Sag Harbor, NY
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