Sam's birthday is in twenty-four hours, seven minutes, and four seconds. Here's what he wants: a new bike (because he messed up the old one), more pens (so he can draw doodles), and the best birthday party ever. He'll have to wait for the presents, but the only way he can have the best party ever is if Demo Dan, the world's greatest wrestler, shows up. The only problem is, Sam doesn't exactly know Demo Dan (and he promised his friends Dan would be therehe even made a bet on it!). Now time is running out. Will Demo Dan show up in time for Sam to blow out his candles?
J. Press is an art educator who spends her time writing, teaching, and doodling.
This new chapter book series, aimed at audiences not quite ready for the Wimpy Kid, stars a third grader whos an indifferent student but a passionate doodler. Sams fervent wish is to have Demolition Dan, the worlds greatest wrestler, as the main attraction at his birthday partyhes pretty much promised the kids at school that its a done deal. Complicating the picture is a beloved grandfather who likes to stretch the truth (One time Grandpa told me he baked a cake for a king in Egypt. But then the king died so they had to bury him inside the cake) and a nemesis, tattletale Max Baxter, whose father is dating Sams mother. Klines line drawings create a gleefully disorderly atmosphere (at one point, he draws a mustache and beard around Bluebeard the Pirates name), but they seldom feel like theyve sprung from an elementary-schoolers mind. Press works hard to woo her audience with shout-outs to farts, barf, boogers, and earwax, but the overall vibe is so benevolent that the character and his conflicts never really rev to life. Simultaneously available: Double Trouble. Ages 68. (Jan.) 2012 Reed Business Information