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Series: Victor Shmud, Total Expert Vol. 1   

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Annotation: Having established himself as an expert knuckle doctor, computer scientist, octopus wrestler and more, plucky young Victor Shmud declares himself a makeover genius only to become vaporized by a video game and trapped on a planet far from a tasty batch of birthday cupcakes.
Catalog Number: #143490
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 109 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-545-93229-7 Perma-Bound: 0-605-98152-3
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-545-93229-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-98152-2
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Boundless self-confidence gets a lad into outer space and back again in this kickoff episode from the creator of the Franny K. Stein series. Truly a legend in his own mind, Victor flirts with his teacher Mrs. Nozzleburp, concocts a beauty formula from kitchen ingredients that forcibly curls hair (and, as it turns out, tentacles), and borrows his friend Patti's video game after (incorrectly) proclaiming he's an expert in Interspace Battle Strategy. Unfortunately, alien Grooglings overhear this last part and kidnap him to lead a fight against long-time foes the Frappletonians. Fortunately, with help from Patti, his formula, and the unusually talented butt of his duck sidekick, Dumpylumps, Victor not only brokers peace between the warring aliens but, with a picture of Mrs. Nozzleburp ("She's gorgeous," his captor rhapsodizes. "From her woolly head to her majestically flapping elbow meat"), persuades the Grooglings to beg for makeovers. Cartoon illustrations (several featuring figures in provocative poses) add further notes of hilarity to this zany outing for the Captain Underpants crowd.
Kirkus Reviews
Victor Shmud, a white child with a toy duck—or is that a chicken, as Victor seem to think?—embarks on an irreverent and ever so strange space adventure.Victor doesn't listen well in school, but he has a rich imagination and a clever friend, Patti (illustrated with a dark complexion). After a few minor misadventures, such as making a mustard-based beauty solution that he dumps, to ill effect, on the janitor's head, Victor becomes involved in a space-battle game on Patti's phone that the duck, Dumpylumps, somehow manages to win with his "butt" (a word that's repeated fairly often). Real extraterrestrials beam up Victor and Dumpylumps to destroy their enemies, the Frappletonians, in an epic space battle—with help from Patti and to the consternation of their ugly but kind teacher, Mrs. Nozzleburp, whom Victor calls, "you great big beautiful doll." Illustrations that are just as silly as the text abound, making this a very quick read, with only several sentences to a page. Combining goofy names, a preposterous but fast-paced plot, and an almost-a-superhero theme, this effort will be an easy sell, especially for those who may go on to enjoy the Captain Underpants series. Benton's wacky, off-the-wall humor may not appeal to more staid readers, but for the right audience, this will be an enticing offering. (Fantasy. 7-10)
School Library Journal
Gr 14Fans of Benton (author of the "Franny K. Stein" and "Dear Dumb Diary" series) will be thrilled with this latest series starter. Victor Shmud is a young boy on a mission to find his true calling in life. He has tried many different fields thus far: Knuckle Doctor, Ghost Bear Hunter, and The Guy Who Puts the Sugar in Those Little Envelopes. However, he hasn't found the career that suits him bestuntil now. With the help of his trusted sidekick, Dumpylumps, a chickenlike duck, Victor has decided to become a Makeover Expert. Between makeovers at school, Victor and his friend Patti start playing an intergalactic space game on her phone, and, of course, since Victor is an expert at practically everything, an alien spaceship probing the galaxy homes in on Victor's excellent space war skills. Victor and Dumpylumps wind up in the middle of an intergalactic battle with the fate of the galaxy in their hands. Benton's trademark wit and kid-friendly humor are on full display. There are boisterous cartoons illustrating most pages, which support comprehension for younger readers transitioning to chapter books. VERDICT A must-buy for libraries where "Franny K. Stein" and other over-the-top, funny chapter book fare are popular.Brittney Kosev, Honey/Rush Elementary, Lubbock, TX
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Word Count: 5,937
Reading Level: 4.3
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.3 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 189413 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: 640L
Guided Reading Level: T

(except Guy Who Cleans Up Bedrooms)

With his confidence, imagination, and trusty sidekick Dumpylumps (who happens to be a duck), there's no telling what trouble he'll get into. Lucky for him, he has a knack for getting himself out of trouble, too. So when he finds himself at the center of an intergalactic conflict, he's pretty sure the only way out is his top-secret kitchen concoction; his teacher, the extraordinary Mrs. Nozzleburp; and the help of his friend Patti.

Will he be able to save the day and find his way back to class? And just what is he going to do next?

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