Synopses & Reviews
Trip Dinkleman hates to read. Hates, hates, hates it. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; All he wants to do is play lacrosse. So when the president of the PTA asks Trip to help her out on his way to tryouts, he is not happy. He is even more not happy when a stack of books tumbles onto his head and knocks him out cold. And he is even more not happy when he wakes up and has absolutely no idea where he is. Now all he wants to do is get home. But after encountering a haunted house, aliens, talking animals, and much, much more, he realizes getting home might be just a little bit harder to do than he thought.
"This smartly conceived, action-packed and at times downright silly tale offers further proof of Gutman's (The Million Dollar Shot) skill at entertaining tween boys. Trip Dinkleman, an unabashed book-hater, gets roped into helping set up some book fair displays on his way to lacrosse tryouts. When a stack of books conks him on the head, he is catapulted through a number of popular genres, starring as the main character in each sample. First he meets Professor Psycho, who wants to open a chain of human parts stores; he then moves from horror to sports fiction as he finds himself a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, playing in the Super Bowl. In one especially nutty adventure, Trip winds up in a field with a cornball superhero named Captain Obvious (he gleefully accosts his foes by shouting, 'You have two eyes!' and 'You are a bad man!') who gives Trip the name The Alliterator and insists that he speak alliteratively. Each new chapter introduces similarly outr characters who help define (and send up) each genre; readers can happily consume this book section by section. Ages 8 12. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Annoyed at having to help the librarian move some books for the book fair, young Trip is catapulted into a world in which he lives out different book genres--a place where everything seems wrong but also just a little bit familiar.