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Attack of the Growling Eyeballs: Who Shrunk Daniel Funk? Book 1

By Stephanie Dunnewind, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Boy humor should appeal to reluctant readers.

Book Lin Oliver Humor 2008
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The book's target audience is clear from this exchange: Pablo says, "Art rhymes with fart," and Daniel decides that is "the funniest thing anyone had ever said." If readers can think of more humorous things, well, they probably won't appreciate that his grandmother Lola changed her name from Gertrude Gezundheit or that Great Granny Nanny rides a mint-green scooter with bright orange flames matching her tattoos. These are caricatures, not characters, but it's unlikely kids will care; they'll be too busy saying "Ooh, yuck" when a shrunken Daniel falls into the toilet or wakes up with his nose against Stinky Sock Mountain.

Daniel's negative portrayal of his sisters as superficial and bossy may alienate girls, but they're clearly not the target audience anyway. And in a story about a kid who shrinks by eating goulash and enlarges by sneezing, it might be absurd to expect realism, but one does wonder how toe-sized kids manage to slip through a drinking straw-turned-water slide.

Book Details

  • Author: Lin Oliver
  • Illustrator: Stephen Gilpin
  • Genre: Humor
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: April 22, 2008
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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