BURGER! by Damon Burnard


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Age Range: 8 - 10
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A graphic novel with plenty of gross-out appeal, featuring space travel, giant maggots, and carnivorous grade-schoolers. Suspecting foul play at the new burger place in town, vegetarian sleuth Clementine uncovers Chef Jeff's intergalactic plot to turn "Forked Beasts" (humans) into burgers to tempt the voracious but finicky appetite of his master, Gluttor. The quick-thinking Clem heroically rescues her burger-loving nemesis from Chef Jeff's menu and also devises a scheme to win the chef's freedom from Gluttor's culinary tyranny. This comic-strip look-alike has plenty to recommend it to older children, who will relish the gruesome black-and-white images of hacked and cooked maggots, the astounding number of synonyms used to allude to Gluttor's bulk, and the potential for violence: Gluttor promises, "I'll tear off your head, peel off your face and fry it like a pancake," if Chef Jeff's recipe doesn't satisfy. Whether parents and educators will be able to stomach it is a different matter. (Fiction. 8-10)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-395-91315-2
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1998