Daniel Pinkwater Fat Camp Commandos Go West

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Fat Camp Commandos Go West

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In this hilarious sequel to FAT CAMP COMMANDOS, the fat-camp dropouts are back...and ready to raise a ruckus in the Wild West!

Saddle up, cowpokes, and welcome to the Wild, Wild West! Ralph, Sylvia, and Mavis, the pudgy pranksters from FAT CAMP COMMANDOS, are back--and this time they are out to shake up the sleepy Western town of Horny Toad. After escaping from yet another fat-camp--this time in the guise of a fun ashram for kids--the chubby Nebula sibs join Mavis at Rough Ridin Rudy's Rootin-Tootin Rancho. Soon the feisty trio have kicked off an incredible campaign to draw crowds to Horny Toad--giving new meaning to the term "Wild West." And their surprise plan is literally out of this world!

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Thoroughly disgusted to find that, once again, they've been tricked by their parents into attending a fat camp (thinly disguised as Deepdip Cha-cha's Fun Ashram for Kids), Ralph and Sylvia Nebula hightail it out west to join their friend Mavis Goldfarb at her camp. But even here, at Rough-Ridin' Rudy's Rootin'-Tootin' Rancho, things are not as they should be. The aging, softening resident cowboys believe that the "dang-blasted, dad-gum healthies" who are converting the local dude ranches to health ashrams are driving away the customers who want the authentic Wild West experience. It's going to take some quick (and bizarre) thinking on Mavis's part to bring the two factions together again.

Bitingly clever, with jabs galore at cultural icons and social clichés, Daniel Pinkwater's sequel to Fat Camp Commandos is not quite as dazzling as the first--mostly due to the necessary recap of the earlier book's plot. Still, accompanied by Andy Rash's goofy drawings, Pinkwater's short chapter book is a big, happy step outside the norm. (Ages 8 to 13) --Emilie Coulter

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Gr. 3-5. This sequel to Fat Camp Commandos (2001) opens with Sylvia and Ralph sitting outside their latest fat camp, Deepdip Cha-cha's Fun Ashram for Kids. In the first 20 pages, Ralph brings readers up to speed, interspersing hints about their present situation with memories of their adventures in the previous book. In the nearby town of Horny Toad, the siblings meet their old friend Mavis, who is outfitted in western garb. She informs them that two groups of locals are at odds, but she has plans to change that. With the help of Ralph, Sylvia, and--oh, why not?--a crew of aliens, she convinces the inhabitants of Horny Toad that (sing it now) "the health nuts and the cowboys should be friends." The lengthy recap at the beginning slows things down a bit, and the story is neither as focused nor as funny as its predecessor. Despite that, Pinkwater's wacky wit, accentuated by the deadpan humor of Rash's drawings and unrestrained by political correctness, will entertain fans who are ready to laugh equally at people in turbans and people in cowboy hats. Carolyn Phelan
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