Harry the Poisonous Centipede Goes to Sea

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9780060775483: Harry the Poisonous Centipede Goes to Sea

Look out, Hoo-Mins!

Here comes a third adventure to make you squirm. Harry and George, the incident-prone centipede buddies who have had fans laughing through two hilarious sagas of accidental derring-do, Harry the Poisonous Centipede and Harry the Poisonous Centipede's Big Adventure, are back in their third and final escapade—and this time our two favorite arthropods are in really over their heads!

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Lynne Reid Banks is a bestselling author for both children and adults. She grew up in London and became first an actress and then one of the first woman TV reporters in Britain before turning to writing. She now has more than forty books to her credit. Her classic children's novel, The Indian in the Cupboard, has sold more than ten million copies worldwide and was made into a popular feature film. Lynne lives with her husband in Dorset, England.



Tony Ross has illustrated many favorite books for children, including Lynne Reid Banks's Harry the Poisonous Centipede titles, the popular series about extra-terrestrial teacher Dr. Xargle by Jeanne Willis, and the Amber Brown books by Paula Danziger. Tony Ross lives in Cheshire, England.

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Grade 3-5–Harry is back in his third adventure. He and George are teenage giant centipedes who enjoy hunting and exploring. When they stray too far from home, they become trapped in a crate of bananas with another centipede, Josie. They make a close escape from boot-clad Hoo-Mins who try to squish them. They run through sewer pipes, meet some rats, and find refuge in a greenhouse, only to be caught. Luckily for the pedes, these humans are bug lovers and take them to the zoo. The zoo folks are keen on the discovery and are bent on returning these rare creatures to their tropical home (location undisclosed). Josie moves in and has hundreds of poisonous babies (father unknown). Despite the rash of stories in which the author cleverly addresses readers, the device falls short here; translations of centipede-speak are distracting, and author comments are often intrusive. Black-and-white line drawings are scattered throughout. Fans of the previous books are the likely audience for this one.–Alison Grant, West Bloomfield Township Public Library, MI
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