Combine a crime, a criminal, a fat man in a fez, and a guy named "Chicken Man", and you get a zany sci-fi adventure that defies gravity to bring you a mind-boggling feast.
As Wizard of Comedy Daniel M. Pinkwater transports the Snarkout Boys and the Rat through the tunnel under North Aufzoo Street to the warmth of Beanbenders, you'll meet some strange characters and learn much about the versatile avocado.
The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death is a sci-fi mystery adventure that seems like a dream...but no one is sleeping!
Copyright ©1982 by Daniel Pinkwater; Copyright (P)1995 Dove Audio, Inc.
I first read this book in high school, picking it up at random from the shelves of the library. I mean, how can you NOT want to read a book titled "The Snarkout Boys and the Avacado of Death"? By the time I'd finished, the Snarkout Boys were vying for the top spot as my favorite book ("Ender's Game" was my top favorite at the time).
This book has everything I could ever want in a story. A group of friends, adventure in the city, a theater I wish existed, crazy uncles, crazy detectives, crazy parents, and oh... of course, food! This book makes me hungry every time I read (or listen to) it.
After reading this book, I went on to read every Daniel Pinkwater book I could get my hands on. They're all excellent books, but this one still holds the spot as my favorite book of all time, 10 years after I first read it.
Daniel Pinkwater's The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death is funny and ridiculous and a great read (listen). I love hearing Daniel Pinkwater on NPR, and he does a wonderful job reading his own book. Unfortunately, now I have this intense craving for guacamole....
This book has become a requirement for our family road trips. We started listening to this book when my oldest was 6, now my youngest is a Pinkwater fan. I thought we were in trouble when out original tapes wore out but now we can continue to listen to this book for years. The audio quality isn't as good as the tape was but not bad by any means. I love listening to Danial Pinkwater read. He just has a voice that makes you smile.
I was taken by prior reviews, thinking this might be akin to a Pratchett novel--amusing as a work of otherworld fiction, but tucking in some very satiric and witty adult observations. This is a book appropriate for the fourth or fifth grade. No more, no less. I hung on only by virtue of dogged determination and was unrewarded at the end by anything other than a sense of relief that it was over. By all means, tuck it onto your child's iPod, but don't go there yourself unless you need to put yourself to sleep on a transatlantic. Sound quality is not good; and the narrator sounded remarkably like he (as well as I) was nodding off from sheer boredom by Chapter 20, which was 20 chapters too long for any adult not seeking to rekindle a previous memory of "when this book was interesting." Be told.
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