When the Graves family goes camping to mysterious Lake Bleakmire, so doall their ghoulish sidekicks—bats, spiders, and even their Venus Flytrap. Yet nothing can prepare them for their latest sidekick: a fire-breathing dragon, who eats the Graves family's irresistible Jum Jills and then follows them home like a stray kitten. How do they get rid of the dragon, especially after the giant beast accidentally soaks all the town's fireworks just before the big 4th of July celebration? The explosive solution is pure fun.
Patricia Polacco is at her wildest, funniest, and creepiest in this all-new Graves family adventure.
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Gr. K-3. First introduced in The Graves Family (2003), this odd group, along with some young friends and Phoebe the Venus Flytrap, the family's houseplant, head off to Lake Bleakmire for a camping trip, where Dr. Graves will collect some specimens. The mildly macabre Graves family find slimy toads and bilge leeches, but not until they come upon a fire-breathing Flatulent Sulphuric Fermious Flying Griffin, do things really get exciting. The griffin loves the humans so much, it tries to prevent them from leaving camp. But Dr. Graves has to be home to supervise the Fourth of July fireworks. What to do? A little too wordy and, oddly, not quite silly enough, this will still elicit some giggles. Kids will especially like the ending, in which a giant burp from the beast saves the fireworks show. Polacco maintains a loose hand here, letting her artwork flow across the pages; she goes for laughs, with most of the humor coming from the strange animals that populate the pages. For larger libraries or those where the first book is popular. Ilene Cooper
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Grade 1-4–Polacco's follow-up to The Graves Family (Philomel, 2003) offers a further adventure in the lives of Doug and Shalleaux Graves and their children, friends, and nanny (a Venus flytrap named Phoebe). The family packs up a pink trailer and heads to Lake Bleakmire for a summer camping trip. While Dr. Graves and the youngsters search for new spider and snake specimens in the depths of the forest, they come across an enormous footprint. Then Shalleaux makes her famous Jum Jills (one bite sends anyone into "a veritable eating frenzy"), and the tasty treat attracts a fire-breathing dragon that keeps coming back for more. The situation worsens when the creature follows them home to Union City and threatens to ruin the town's fireworks display, until Dr. Graves comes up with a solution. The wacky illustrations are filled with Adams Family-like touches, which may be enough to distract readers from the meandering text and facile ending.– Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia
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Book Description Puffin, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 142411752
Book Description Puffin, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110142411752
Book Description Puffin, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0142411752