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Hey! Who Stole the Toilet?: 05/24/15

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Hey! Who Stole the Toilet? by Nancy E. Krulik is the eighth of the George Brown, Class Clown series, and hopefully the only one I'll have to read (or listen to, as I was offered an audio book through the LibraryThing early readers program). George Brown is apparently cursed with evil burps which get him in trouble. This time they might meddle with his first over night camping trip.

George besides being plagued by nonsensical evil burps (maybe a slight of hand referral for ADHD?), he also has a female stalker. She's found a way to join the scouting troop so that she can go on the first camping trip which she imagines will be an incredibly romantic thing. Really? What second or third grader thinks about romance?

I don't know what these characters are like in print but the audio performance tries to give unique voices to each character. The voice given to the already annoying girl is enough to make paint peel. I really had to restrain myself from skipping through any scene where she has more than a couple of lines of dialog.

Hey! Who Stole the Toilet? reminds me of the books my second grade teacher would read to us. If we had been good in class before story time, we got a chance to hold her pet rosy boa snake. The snake petting was usually the highlight of story time as I wasn't a fan to these sort chapter books with ridiculous, oft times gross-out situations. Or they featured kids believing absolutely stupid crap. Like Flora in Flora & Ulysses, I've always been a bit of a cynic). For kids who like How to Eat Fried Worms, Freckle Juice, or similar will probably like the George Brown series too.

Two stars

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