Barry Yourgrau NASTYbook

ISBN 13: 9780060579807

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Why would criminals kidnap a cuddly teddy bear? Or monsters attack a kid for picking his nose?

'Cause Nice is overrated

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About the Author:

Writer/performer Barry Yourgrau has been making people laugh their heads off--or gasp in astonishment--with such books as Wearing Dad's Head and A Man Jumps Out of An Airplane. He's startled everyone with his appearances on MTV and National Public Radio. He even starred in a movie based on his writings, and in a music video too. He teased the world with his first book for kids, My Curious Uncle Dudley. Barry woke up one day in the US as a kid. Now Barry's ready to unleash the hysterically dark fun and games from the deepest dark of his soul. "With my NASTYbook," grins Barry, nastily, "I invite you to share in those cruel, twisted and shockingly mischeivous delights I know you secretly adore--if you dare!" He got there all the way from South Africa, he claims... Or is this just another of his jokes?

From School Library Journal:

Grade 6-8–An author of adult titles brings his surreal perspective to this uneven collection of macabre tales. Unlike the lighthearted gloominess of Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" (HarperCollins), the general mood here is world-weary cynicism. The stories vary dramatically in style and quality. "The Werewolf's Garden" is a darkly comic satire of the movie business. "Panda" is a truly eerie account of a disturbed child and his homicidal pet. "Skateboard" is a standard ghost story in the campfire tradition. There are several ironic, just-deserts vignettes in the style of the old "Twilight Zone" series. Practical jokers send the new kid on a pizza delivery to a vampire's lair and find that tomato sauce and blood don't mix. Other stories rely on adult themes, cruelty, and gross-out effects. A lustful pirate mistakes a shark for a willing mermaid and an over-the-hill superhero fights evildoers with powerful flatulence. Characterization is variable as well, sometimes drawn with spare, subtle descriptions and other times in broad caricatures. The book is deliberately printed upside down and illustrated only with scattered black fingerprints.–Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
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