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In this hilarious novel, written in the voice of eighth-grader Wyatt Palmer, Dave Barry takes us on a class trip to Washington, DC. Wyatt, his best friend, Matt, and a few kids from Culver Middle School find themselves in a heap of trouble - not just with their teachers, who have long lost patience with them - but from several mysterious men they first meet on their flight to the nation's capital. In a fast-paced adventure with the monuments as a backdrop, the kids try to stay out of danger and out of the doghouse while trying to save the president from attack - or maybe not.

©2015 Dave Barry (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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What a hoot!

I laughed so hard my sides hurt. Excellent performance, funny as hell, and 8th grade boy's humor! Don't listen to this if you recently had surgery, cracked a rib or have COPD.

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

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The whole family loved it!

We went on a road trip and wanted to do something other than watch a movie or play with an iPad. We decided to do an audiobook. We all enjoyed listening to this book! We enjoyed the humor and storyline. It made the driving go by a lot faster!

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5

5 out of 5 start from 10 & 11 year old brothers and their 40-something year old mom.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Intertaining Listen!

I finished it in one day, so I would say it's a good listen. I could relate to my school days. It got me out of the whole being a grown up for a while.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Hysterical family fun!

Entertaining for our three preteens and mom and dad too! Made our 8 hour car trip fly by in no time. Laugh out loud funny.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Listened to this with my 5th grade son!! Fabulous!

This was a fantastic shared experience for me and my 5th grader. We laughed about the characters and the situations that they found themselves in. It is written with good, clean humor but with enough limit testing to make it exciting!

Kids would love this book. What a fun listen!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Dubi
  • New York, NY
  • 09-16-16

Kid Stuff

The most successful books written for kids find ways to appeal to adults, at least to parents vetting the books their kids read. I would not have read Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Insurgent, Unwind, etc., and would not have seen Shrek or the Pixar movies if I wasn't a parent keeping pace with my kids. And I was pleasantly surprised to find those works to be that much more appealing because of all the Easter eggs aimed for adults.

I figured Dave Barry, who has written for adults as well as for children and young adults, would have a big basket of funny Easter eggs for adults in this comic youth novel. But no. This is strictly kid stuff. I personally don't think the kind of thing that drives this plot (don't want to spoil anything by naming it) is appropriate alongside bathroom humor, but then that is all this book is -- bathroom humor aimed at eighth grade boys.

So if you're going to pack your middle schoolers into the car and need to entertain them for four hours, this will do the trick. If you're an adult looking for adult-level subtlety in a youth-oriented comedy, not happening.

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excellent for the whole family

my 10 year old boy could not wait to hear more and even we found good humor in the story. it was a great book for everyone and made the long road trip seem short.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Awesome book

It has so much descriptive
and so action packed. It is by far my favorite book

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • Waltham, MA, United States
  • 10-02-16

Excitement and humor for kids

This is a fun kids novel that boys and some girls and adults (like me) will enjoy. This is a thriller for kids, with lots of humor. This book will especially appeal to boys, which makes it out of the ordinary in kid lit. Great juvenile literature has some type of bigger message or real heart. That's where this falls short, but humor and an exciting plot (which puts kids in the middle of what seems to be a terrorist plot) kept me entertained.

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