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The Resource Secrets of Dripping Fang, Book one, The Onts, Dan Greenburg ; illustrations by Scott M. Fischer

Secrets of Dripping Fang, Book one, The Onts, Dan Greenburg ; illustrations by Scott M. Fischer

Label
Secrets of Dripping Fang, Book one, The Onts
Title
Secrets of Dripping Fang
Title number
Book one
Title part
The Onts
Statement of responsibility
Dan Greenburg ; illustrations by Scott M. Fischer
Title variation
Onts
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Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Ten-year-old orphan twins Wally and Cheyenne Shluffmuffin have a had it bad at Cincinnati's Jolly Days Orphanage, but things get much worse when the Mandible sisters offer to share their home in the Dripping Fang Forest
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Review
  • Gr 3-5 –The influence of Lemony Snicket looms large in this mock gothic tale. The 10-year-old Shluffmuffin twins long to be adopted out of the Jolly Days Orphanage. Unfortunately, Cheyenne's constant nose-dripping allergies and Wally's vile-smelling feet repulse most prospective parents. The elderly Mandible sisters, however, are oddly elated over the children's hygiene issues and take them home, on trial, to their weird mansion deep in Dripping Fang Forest. The Onts, as the old ladies want to be called, provide comfortable rooms and delicious chocolate meals, but they warn the youngsters never to go into the cellar. Suspicious Wally does just that, and discovers that the sinister seniors are really giant ants in disguise, plotting to raise an army of ravenous oversized insects to reclaim the universe from humankind. This episode ends before the kids can alert the rest of the world, but a sequel is certainly being spun. Adults may be put off by the constant references to “snot” and “boogers,” but fans of the genre take this sort of thing in stride. Eerie black-and-white drawings complement the heavily tongue-in-cheek plot. While this is a bit over-the-top even for this genre, it is worth considering where demand for Snicket-style fantasy is especially strong.–Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL --Elaine E. Knight (Reviewed December 1, 2005) (School Library Journal, vol 51, issue 12, p112)
  • The debut book in the paper-over-board Secrets of Dripping Fang series introduces the 10-year-old Shluffmuffin twins, whose father drowned in a "Porta Potti" and whose mother was smothered by "a gang of angry bunnies." No one who comes to the Jolly Days Orphanage wants to adopt either Cheyenne or Wally, since her allergies cause her to sneeze constantly, and his feet "reeked worse than festering, maggoty meat." But the siblings' luck seems to turn when two tall sisters with large heads and extra hands (sinisterly portrayed by Fischer in a wordless spread) arrive at the orphanage. After taking the twins to their house in Dripping Fang Forest, the sisters tell the children to address them as Aunt ("we pronounce Aunt as ont , not ant ," the ladies instruct). Wally discovers that the two are, indeed, giant ants and are "breeding a race of super ants to enslave humans and take over Earth." Escaping into the forest, the twins narrowly escape some unpleasant encounters before temporarily taking refuge in the home of a professor and his wife—a large, hairy spider. Though kids may chuckle at some of these wacky bits, Greenburg's (the Zack Files series) outlandish humor often misses its mark. Ages 8-12. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed October 3, 2005) (Publishers Weekly, vol 252, issue 39, p70)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
142106
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Greenburg, Dan
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 8-12
  • 740L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.G8278
LC item number
Sec 2005
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 5
Reading level
4.4
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Fischer, Scott M.
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Secrets of Dripping Fang
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Orphans
  • Twins
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Swamps
  • Ants
  • Orphans
  • Twins
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Swamps
  • Ants
  • Cincinnati (Ohio)
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Secrets of Dripping Fang, Book one, The Onts, Dan Greenburg ; illustrations by Scott M. Fischer
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
595529
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
131 pages
Isbn
9780152054571
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2004028493
Media category
unmediated
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rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780152054571 (hbk.)
Other physical details
illustrations
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(Sirsi) i9780152054571
Label
Secrets of Dripping Fang, Book one, The Onts, Dan Greenburg ; illustrations by Scott M. Fischer
Link
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
595529
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
131 pages
Isbn
9780152054571
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2004028493
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780152054571 (hbk.)
Other physical details
illustrations
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(Sirsi) i9780152054571

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