ATTACK OF THE SMART PIES by Larry Gonick

ATTACK OF THE SMART PIES

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Age Range: 9 - 11

KIRKUS REVIEW

A zany premise and an equally off-the-wall plot keep this wandering tale—the first separate outing for characters with a regular gig in MUSE magazine—afloat, but just barely. Eight of the nine ancient Muses having retired to an old-age home, humanity’s welfare is left to a motley assortment of New Muses, like featherbrained, doughnut-obsessed Feather (Muse of Plants), Aeiou (Muse of Software), Bo (Muse of Factoids) and Kokopelli the flute player (Muse of Tricks and Tunes). Though Gonick introduces Emma, a young orphan whose deranged stepfather Darien Drinkwater is out to recover a treasure that belongs to her, Kokopelli is really the central character here—and he’s bending every effort to clobber the elusive Urania, Muse of Astronomy, with ballistically launched, electronically enhanced “smart pies.” Happily, he leaves off his obsession long enough to cozen Drinkwater with the Nigerian Scam, so that Emma can recover the gold and find a new, better home. Sporting an array of odd forms in the tiny vignettes with which this tale is sprinkled, the New Muses may keep their current fans amused, but they’re unlikely to draw many new ones with this offbeat episode. (Fantasy. 9-11)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-8126-2740-7
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Cricket
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2005




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