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Meet Desmond Pucket--master of mayhem! Will his monster-y special effects pranks get him kicked out of middle school before the class trip to Crab Shell Pier? Or will Desmond be able to keep his monster magic in check? This is a compelling new character that kids will love!  “Tatulli’s entry into the comics/fiction–hybrid market is one of the best…The target audience will sn Meet Desmond Pucket--master of mayhem! Will his monster-y special effects pranks get him kicked out of middle school before the class trip to Crab Shell Pier? Or will Desmond be able to keep his monster magic in check? This is a compelling new character that kids will love!  “Tatulli’s entry into the comics/fiction–hybrid market is one of the best…The target audience will snap this up and beg for more.”      —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)      “This is full of ghoulish fun, and fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid probably won’t want to miss it.”   —School Library Journal      “Desmond Pucket neatly fills a gap for our readers—it’s a step more sophisticated than Diary of a Wimpy Kid but appeals to that reader. It’s also so great to have a Halloween/monster/scary stuff series to offer boys that is not Goosebumps.”   — Rebecca Waesch, Children's Product Manager, Joseph-Beth Booksellers  Meet Desmond Pucket--professor of frightology and master of monsters.     Someday Desmond will be famous for his special effects wizardry, but for now he's just trying to make it through sixth grade at Cloverfield Memorial Junior High, which means he needs to stay one step ahead of the school's disciplinary officer, Mr. Needles.    The only problem is Desmond just can't stop pulling pranks--like the time he attached a shrieking rubber goblin to the toilet seat in the teachers' bathroom. Mrs. Rubin screamed so loudly her wig flew off! Or the time he put giant motorized worms into the mashed potatoes in the cafeteria. Or the time Desmond and his best friend, Ricky, arranged for a three-headed ghost to crash his sister's slumber party. Rachel still hasn't forgiven him.    And now Desmond has to stay prank-free for the rest of the year, or he won't be able to go on the class trip to Crab Shell Pier, home of the Mountain Full of Monsters ride! It's going to be tough, but Desmond has to try.    This book includes a section of "Desmond's Notes": instructions for making monster magic (think scary noises, or fake blood) at home!


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Meet Desmond Pucket--master of mayhem! Will his monster-y special effects pranks get him kicked out of middle school before the class trip to Crab Shell Pier? Or will Desmond be able to keep his monster magic in check? This is a compelling new character that kids will love!  “Tatulli’s entry into the comics/fiction–hybrid market is one of the best…The target audience will sn Meet Desmond Pucket--master of mayhem! Will his monster-y special effects pranks get him kicked out of middle school before the class trip to Crab Shell Pier? Or will Desmond be able to keep his monster magic in check? This is a compelling new character that kids will love!  “Tatulli’s entry into the comics/fiction–hybrid market is one of the best…The target audience will snap this up and beg for more.”      —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)      “This is full of ghoulish fun, and fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid probably won’t want to miss it.”   —School Library Journal      “Desmond Pucket neatly fills a gap for our readers—it’s a step more sophisticated than Diary of a Wimpy Kid but appeals to that reader. It’s also so great to have a Halloween/monster/scary stuff series to offer boys that is not Goosebumps.”   — Rebecca Waesch, Children's Product Manager, Joseph-Beth Booksellers  Meet Desmond Pucket--professor of frightology and master of monsters.     Someday Desmond will be famous for his special effects wizardry, but for now he's just trying to make it through sixth grade at Cloverfield Memorial Junior High, which means he needs to stay one step ahead of the school's disciplinary officer, Mr. Needles.    The only problem is Desmond just can't stop pulling pranks--like the time he attached a shrieking rubber goblin to the toilet seat in the teachers' bathroom. Mrs. Rubin screamed so loudly her wig flew off! Or the time he put giant motorized worms into the mashed potatoes in the cafeteria. Or the time Desmond and his best friend, Ricky, arranged for a three-headed ghost to crash his sister's slumber party. Rachel still hasn't forgiven him.    And now Desmond has to stay prank-free for the rest of the year, or he won't be able to go on the class trip to Crab Shell Pier, home of the Mountain Full of Monsters ride! It's going to be tough, but Desmond has to try.    This book includes a section of "Desmond's Notes": instructions for making monster magic (think scary noises, or fake blood) at home!

30 review for Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic (Amp! Comics for Kids)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Desmond LOVES to do special effects of anything having to do with grossness or monsters. Unfortunately, he and his friend Ricky have been doing this a little too often at school, and the school disciplinary officer, Mr. Needles, is bound and determined to kick him out. As a last ditch effort, Desmond's parents decide he will get into less trouble if he is in an extracurricular activity, so he joins the AV club, where he airs a prank on the morning announcements that gets him kicked out. His next Desmond LOVES to do special effects of anything having to do with grossness or monsters. Unfortunately, he and his friend Ricky have been doing this a little too often at school, and the school disciplinary officer, Mr. Needles, is bound and determined to kick him out. As a last ditch effort, Desmond's parents decide he will get into less trouble if he is in an extracurricular activity, so he joins the AV club, where he airs a prank on the morning announcements that gets him kicked out. His next attempt is the school newspaper, but his article on how the school janitor is the secret ingredient in the sloppy joes gets him kicked out of that. His last chance is the drama club, and since not only is his attendance at school at stake, his ability to go on the awesome field trip to Crab Shell Pier is as well, so he reforms. He ditches his all black wardrobe, combs his hair, and cuts ties with Ricky. Since the girl he likes, Tina, is in drama club, he really does make every effort to behave. When pranks in Desmond's style keep happening on the set of the school production, Desmond is blamed even though he asserts his innocence. Can he find out who is pulling the pranks so he can stay in school? Strengths: This is a notebook novel, so will be immensely popular. It doesn't hurt, either, that there are lots of fart jokes, rubber goblins in the teacher's lounge toilet, etc. Weaknesses: Mr. Needles is shown as definitely having as his agenda removing Desmond from the school. While I'm all for adults being shown as silly or humorous, I'm not a fan of them being purposefully mean to children. When children who have previously been in trouble at my school make attempts to improve themselves, everyone on the staff helps as much as they can. I do realize this is for comic effect, but it still bothers me. And the principal is Mrs. Badonkus. Um... So torn! This looks like it will be a series, and it's so hard to keep Notebook Novels on the shelves. Not everyone can be Big Nate, but I would love it if the books kids really wanted to read would be... better somehow.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Desmond Pucket has one goal and that is to go to Crabshell Pier and ride the amusement park ride "Mountain Full of Monsters". First Desmond has to survive junior high. Desmond is the school prankster. The principal, Mr. Needles knows Desmond on a personal note. Desmond's latest prank has earned him a three strike chance. He has three chances left to try and show he can be a model student or Desmond can forget about the Mountain Full of Monsters. Ha-ha, Desmond reminds me of a mixture of Dennis t Desmond Pucket has one goal and that is to go to Crabshell Pier and ride the amusement park ride "Mountain Full of Monsters". First Desmond has to survive junior high. Desmond is the school prankster. The principal, Mr. Needles knows Desmond on a personal note. Desmond's latest prank has earned him a three strike chance. He has three chances left to try and show he can be a model student or Desmond can forget about the Mountain Full of Monsters. Ha-ha, Desmond reminds me of a mixture of Dennis the Menace and Macaulay Culkin from Home Alone. I am sure all of the teachers, especially Mr. Needles are counting down the days until Desmond either flunks school for good or graduates to high school. All of his pranks were genius. I can say this as I was not a victim of any of them. My favorite pranks were the one when Desmond was helping with the AV Club as Phantom of the Opera and scared the whole class with the video of staring at the dot on the middle of the screen and then a scary image pops onto the screen. I passed along one of these email/videos to a couple co-workers and well lets say the results were...One screamed loudly (did I mention that at the time I worked in a call center), the second co-worker fell off her chair backwards, and the third co-worker was watching the video at home with her pregnant daughter who about gave birth early. My other favorite prank was Desmond's best one during the Drama Club's production of Merry-Go-Musical: A Circus of Songs! I am almost afraid to give this book to my nephews for fear that they will get many ideas from Desmond.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    Desmond Pucket reminds me a lot of Greg Heffley in that he is his own worst enemy. He builds a reputation as an incurable prankster and then must suffer the consequences. Fortunately for Desmond, he finds a way to come out on top despite all his difficulties. I'll admit that the gross humor about did me in, but I know many child readers, especially boys who would love all the monster magic that Desmond creates (there are even instructions for some of the tricks in the back of the book). And the Desmond Pucket reminds me a lot of Greg Heffley in that he is his own worst enemy. He builds a reputation as an incurable prankster and then must suffer the consequences. Fortunately for Desmond, he finds a way to come out on top despite all his difficulties. I'll admit that the gross humor about did me in, but I know many child readers, especially boys who would love all the monster magic that Desmond creates (there are even instructions for some of the tricks in the back of the book). And the book is full of disrespectful references to other people, especially adults. But I figure that this is exaggerated enough that kids won't take it seriously and Desmond's monster magic really is quite creative. I have to wonder how many of these tricks the author has tried himself, he sounds quite experienced ;) There were even places I found myself snickering out loud. Children will definitely relate to Desmond's difficult situation at school and at home and his efforts to fix the problem, but I think they will also get the message about the importance of being oneself. I also liked the idea presented about how Desmond really brings a lot of what happens on himself. An entertaining read that has lots of appealing (if you don't mind gross) images, perfect for reluctant readers and fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic'by Mark Tatulli is a fun 'journal' style book for younger readers. Desmond Pucket is in 6th grade and he loves scaring people with his monster magic. His older sister can't forget the time he scared everyone at her slumber party. His school disciplinary officer, Mr. Needles, is tired of his shenanigans. When Desmond seems to go too far, his chance to go on the school field trip to Crab Shell Pier and finally go on his favorite ride, The Mountain Full of Monster 'Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic'by Mark Tatulli is a fun 'journal' style book for younger readers. Desmond Pucket is in 6th grade and he loves scaring people with his monster magic. His older sister can't forget the time he scared everyone at her slumber party. His school disciplinary officer, Mr. Needles, is tired of his shenanigans. When Desmond seems to go too far, his chance to go on the school field trip to Crab Shell Pier and finally go on his favorite ride, The Mountain Full of Monsters, is jeopardized. Desmond's parents decide he needs more organized activities to keep him out of trouble, so Desmond finds himself joining the A/V club, the school paper and the drama club. Mr. Needles is getting close to kicking Desmond out of school and Desmond's best friend Ricky has had enough of Desmond being good. It's a fun part book, part graphic novel. Desmond is good at what he does, but just not appreciated. The lessons he learns along the way are good ones for younger readers. Included in the book are some ways to create your own monster magic, like fake blood or ghosts or phantom knockers. If you like this book, I can recommend the sequel which I read last year. I received a copy of this ebook from Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this really fun ebook.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This book is similar to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. There are funny cartoons throughout and plenty of gross humor that most boys will love. I think this book probably appeals to kids a bit younger than those who read the Wimpy Kid books. There are more cartoons and less words - I would think kids around 4th or 5th grade would enjoy it. Another fun thing about this book is that the cover glows in the dark. This book is the first in a series. I'll be interested to see what adventure Desmond goe This book is similar to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. There are funny cartoons throughout and plenty of gross humor that most boys will love. I think this book probably appeals to kids a bit younger than those who read the Wimpy Kid books. There are more cartoons and less words - I would think kids around 4th or 5th grade would enjoy it. Another fun thing about this book is that the cover glows in the dark. This book is the first in a series. I'll be interested to see what adventure Desmond goes on next.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Hanson

    I did not get a chance to read this myself but my 10 year old son read it and I quote, "Mom, that book was AWESOME! There is another one, can I please get it?" This is coming from a boy who has been stuck on Diary of a Wimpy Kid for years and every other book I have bought for him has not measured up. If my son likes this book so much, I'll definitely be looking for more of Mark Tatulli's works of genius!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I received this book as a galley proof for preview. I've ordered copies for my school library because kids will love it! Part graphic novel, part gross-out, all "Where the Wild Things Are" attitude. Great stuff for students in grades 2-6, or even older.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Darren

    If it were possible to give this 100 stars, I totally would.

  9. 4 out of 5

    TurningPages

    There are two good things about this book. The first is its glow-in-the-dark cover. The second is that it's given me new appreciation that Lio is a generally wordless comic strip. Mark Tatulli is a great cartoonist and one of the worst writers I've ever encountered. This is one of the most poorly-written, poorly-thought out children's books I've read in a long time. Do yourself a favor and find something else to read instead.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Wriuwhefi

    It was a really good, creative book. I've read this book countless times and it's still good. I've read the other books too. I'm a giant fan of Mark Tatulli's books. It's about a boy named Desmond Pucket. He gets in trouble at school all of the time. He's been so bad that if he acts up one more time, he wont be able to go an a field - trip at his school that he really wanted to go to. I recommend reading this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Annabelle Duncan

    This book was a fairly quick read that was a lot of fun. It's about a middle schooler who's passion is monsters and special effects and that sort of stuff. He wants to go to the middle school trip to the monster mountain but there is one thing standing in his way. The principal. Extra credit work and stuff to earn the principal's trust. I loved this book and i think you might too.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Bleeke

    Cute! Kept me turning the pages. I even LOLed a few times. Great for upper elementary and middle grades.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Fun quick read that I plan on giving my nephews for Christmas.

  14. 5 out of 5

    TJ

    I Like When He Scared People And Then Pulled A Jake Paul By Saying Its Just A Prank Bro

  15. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Middle school humor hilarious!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joella

    Desmond Pucket has a thing for monsters. He loves them and loves doing practical jokes to bring out the monster thrill in everyone. Only, not everyone is all that excited about his spooky entrances, fake blood, or scary stories. Mr. Needles (the school disciplinarian) is one of those people. In fact, he is so sick of the jokes that he is sure Desmond has done (only he can’t prove most of them) that he is jumping at the chance to kick Desmond out of school. When Desmond’s older sister Rachel has Desmond Pucket has a thing for monsters. He loves them and loves doing practical jokes to bring out the monster thrill in everyone. Only, not everyone is all that excited about his spooky entrances, fake blood, or scary stories. Mr. Needles (the school disciplinarian) is one of those people. In fact, he is so sick of the jokes that he is sure Desmond has done (only he can’t prove most of them) that he is jumping at the chance to kick Desmond out of school. When Desmond’s older sister Rachel has a slumber party, Desmond can’t help but scare everyone a bit…only Mr. Needles’ daughter was one of the girls sleeping over. And not Desmond only has three chances to change his ways or be kicked out. And if he is kicked out he can’t go on the class field trip to “Mountain Full of Monsters” (which he has only been wanting to go to for four years). His three chances include being part of an extra curricular activity. His three options are A/V Club, Newspaper Staff, and Drama Club. He totally gets booted out of A/V Club (and he deserved it). But is sabotaged out of the Newspaper Staff. When things start happening that look like monstrous practical jokes in Drama Club, Desmond gets nervous. Because now he is not the one doing the monstrous mayhem. Will Desmond be able to figure it all out in time to save himself from being kicked out of school (and more importantly to be able to stay long enough to go on the class field trip). This is a hilarious book. Desmond is one funny kid, the type of kid that would get most people to laugh along with him (if they weren’t too frightened by the actual monster-bit of his jokes). And readers will laugh along with Desmond in part due to the hilarious illustrations scattered throughout the text. In fact, there are two kinds of illustrations. First is the illustrations that show just what is happening to Desmond and crew. The second type of illustrations are the type that Desmond “drew” to show his plans or his particular ideas. (And these are done in a different style with some textured “paper” under the drawings.) Add the elements of monsters and you have one comical character in a memorable story. Readers who like Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Big Nate will enjoy the illustration/text mash up and the comedic elements of this story. And when they laugh-out-loud they will wonder why there aren’t more in this series yet. Desmond is a fun school-kid who will be enjoyed and around for a monstrously long time. Well done, Tatulli. Well done.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Storywraps

    Let me introduce you to Desmond Pucket. His dad is a well-respected dentist and his mom often has to go to bat for him to save him from ... well himself. Why would she need to do that you ask? Well you see Desmond is the master of mayhem. He refers to himself as the Professor of Frightology, with a Masters in Monsters. He specializes in pulling off pranks and is a genius at creating and executing special effects that give everyone a fright. His career goal is to design the most amazing and scari Let me introduce you to Desmond Pucket. His dad is a well-respected dentist and his mom often has to go to bat for him to save him from ... well himself. Why would she need to do that you ask? Well you see Desmond is the master of mayhem. He refers to himself as the Professor of Frightology, with a Masters in Monsters. He specializes in pulling off pranks and is a genius at creating and executing special effects that give everyone a fright. His career goal is to design the most amazing and scariest amusement park on the planet when he grows up. He is on the verge of getting suspended from his middle school just before the coveted class trip to Crab Shell Pier. He wants so much to go there because that is the home of the Mountain Full of Monsters Ride! He teams up with his best buddy Ricky and together they become pranksters extraordinaire much to the despair of his big sister (he and Ricky pulled off a doozy prank at her sleepover) and the staff at Cloverfield Junior High. He attaches a shrieking rubber goblin in the toilet seat in the staff washroom and Mrs. Rubin was the unlucky teacher who discovered it. She screams and fusses so much her wig falls off. He plants giant motorized worms into the mashed potatoes in the cafeteria causing quite a ruckus on the scene. Although his genius brain keeps coming up with the next best prank, alas he finally gets exposed by Mr. Needles, the disciplinarian at the school. His punishment? Thanks to his mom, who does a prankster intervention, he is not suspended but has to attend three extra-curricular activities and keep his nose clean if he is to stay in school and attend the field trip that is fast approaching. Can Desmond do it? Can he walk the straight and narrow path and put his pranks aside? You will have to get this book and find out. This great book is full of fantastic comics with captions and humour that you child will really love. Hilarious pranks and experiments pulled off by Desmond and friends will have your child rolling in laughter. The book includes a section at the end of "Desmond's Notes" which are instructions for making monster magic (scary noises, or fake blood) right in your own home. Now what child wouldn't love that add-on? The witty text and cartoon pictures are a perfect combination and the theme of the book perfectly timed for Halloween. Highly recommended, a winner for sure.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kristi Bernard

    Desmond Pucket is a monster guru. He refers to himself as the Professor of Fright-ology, with a Masters in Monsters. His dream is to someday create the most awesome and scariest amusement park haunted house rides on the planet. Desmond loves to make his own scary monster effects, just ask his mother. He wears on her nerves, and gets himself into sticky situations. If you are wondering how this tribute to monsterland started, it was when he was seven and wasn't tall enough to ride the Mountain Fu Desmond Pucket is a monster guru. He refers to himself as the Professor of Fright-ology, with a Masters in Monsters. His dream is to someday create the most awesome and scariest amusement park haunted house rides on the planet. Desmond loves to make his own scary monster effects, just ask his mother. He wears on her nerves, and gets himself into sticky situations. If you are wondering how this tribute to monsterland started, it was when he was seven and wasn't tall enough to ride the Mountain Full of Monsters ride at Crabshell Amusement Pier. Desmond has a chance to really do it this time, with his 6th grade class. But, there is a chance he could miss out again. At school, Desmond's monster antics are getting him into trouble on a regular basis. He put a goblin in the toilet in the teachers lounge and scared the wig off of a teacher. And then, there was the bloody cakes incident in Home Ec. Oh, and there were the giant motorized worms in the Cafetorium, which he was never really caught, but almost. At Cloverfield Junior High there is no room for shenanigans and the school has Mr. Needles, of the disciplinary office, to make sure of it. Desmond is going to have to clean up his act or be defeated by his own monsters and shenanigans, or will he? This humorous character is great for any middle grade reader. If you have trouble getting your boys to read they will love Desmond. His story looks like a comic book but reads more like a diary, with notes and sketches to get readers right inside Desmond's head. Kids, parents and teachers should be sure to visit the website for ghoulish recipes, games and activities and teaching guides which make for a great tool in the classroom or at home.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Desmond Pucket’s rap sheet is impressively extensive for a middle schooler: he scares the wig off the chorus teacher, creates a fake body out of which a bloody space creature bursts, and terrifies the living daylights out of his sister’s friends during a slumber party, just to name a few. But Mr. Needles, school administrator, has Desmond under his watchful eye. If Desmond can’t behave for the rest of the school year, he won’t be able to go on the year-end trip to Crab Shell Pier. And if he does Desmond Pucket’s rap sheet is impressively extensive for a middle schooler: he scares the wig off the chorus teacher, creates a fake body out of which a bloody space creature bursts, and terrifies the living daylights out of his sister’s friends during a slumber party, just to name a few. But Mr. Needles, school administrator, has Desmond under his watchful eye. If Desmond can’t behave for the rest of the school year, he won’t be able to go on the year-end trip to Crab Shell Pier. And if he doesn’t go to Crab Shell Pier, he won’t get to ride the Mountain Full of Monsters, the scariest, coolest ride of all time! Behaving responsibly doesn’t come easy to Desmond, however, and he finds himself quickly working through the three chances that Mr. Needles has given him. Will he be able to fly under the radar long enough to make his dream come true? Full disclosure: I am most definitely not this book’s target audience. What target audience is that? you ask. Well, since you asked, late elementary/early middle school boys who enjoy goo and gore and fart jokes will want to read and re-read this book. Once was enough for me, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it for what it is: silly and a lot of fun. Plus, the illustrations are perfect for the book. I’m nitpicky about things like that, but the black and white style, simplistic yet full of action and humor, is excellent. This could become a wildly popular series (if there are future installments, which I’m assuming there will be). Note: I received a free review copy of this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christine H

    1. It’s hard to find books sometimes that can appeal to a wide range of readers, but this is one of them. It’s a great book for students in elementary school, young and old alike. 2. Tatulli’s voice is engaging and very funny – definitely a plus when it comes to MG books. 3. The drawings are fantastic. They look hand drawn (and I suppose they are), and that adds to their appeal. I’ve found students trying to make their own versions of some of the doodles, which is a great sign that they’ve taken a 1. It’s hard to find books sometimes that can appeal to a wide range of readers, but this is one of them. It’s a great book for students in elementary school, young and old alike. 2. Tatulli’s voice is engaging and very funny – definitely a plus when it comes to MG books. 3. The drawings are fantastic. They look hand drawn (and I suppose they are), and that adds to their appeal. I’ve found students trying to make their own versions of some of the doodles, which is a great sign that they’ve taken a liking not just to the illustrations, but to the story itself. 4. Both my boys and girls liked this book, but I’ve found that my boys tended to laugh out loud much harder and louder. Make of that what you will. 5. One of the things I missed out on by growing up in the previous century is the extension of the reading experience through activities, events, and (especially) websites. There’s an entire site dedicated to Desmond Pucket that is chock full of information and handouts that my kids have enjoyed exploring. My student has reviewed this book for me at https://squinklebooks.wordpress.com/2..., so you can get a feel for what my kids truly think about it, too. Thank you, Andrews McMeel Publishing, for sending me a copy of Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic in exchange for an honest review. All Squinklethoughts expressed herein are entirely my own. The original (and picture-filled) version of this review can be found at http://squinklebooks.wordpress.com.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Summary: Desmond Pucket is a master at pranks and monster things. He can mix up the better fake blood than any monster movie maker. Not only does he understand special effects, but he can also pull the audience into his pranks to make them so much better. Unfortunately for him, the vice principal is out to get him. Desmond's goal is to make it through the year without getting kicked out of middle school, and make it to the Crab Shell Pier field trip. All he cares about is going to Crab Shell Pier Summary: Desmond Pucket is a master at pranks and monster things. He can mix up the better fake blood than any monster movie maker. Not only does he understand special effects, but he can also pull the audience into his pranks to make them so much better. Unfortunately for him, the vice principal is out to get him. Desmond's goal is to make it through the year without getting kicked out of middle school, and make it to the Crab Shell Pier field trip. All he cares about is going to Crab Shell Pier, the home of the Mountain Full of Monsters ride, but will he be able to curb his prankster tendencies to make it to that field trip or will Mr. Needles succeed in getting rid of him? My thoughts: This book is hilarious! It is completely over the top and will keep you laughing through each prank. I read it in one sitting and wanted more. The drawings add to the narrative and provide ease of access for readers of several age groups. I can easily see a 3rd grader pick up this book and enjoy it, just as much as I know several of my high school reluctant readers will enjoy it. The fact that I was laughing so hard while reading it has already produced a waiting list. Finally, there are some do-it-yourself recipes in the back. As a teacher, I'm now on the look out for some monster magic within my classroom, but at the same time I can't wait for next Halloween so that I can produce some gruesome blood as well. Please give me another Desmond book!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    Desmond Pucket and his friend Ricky love to play practical jokes involving special effects. Over the year they have put blood balloons in cake, worms in the mashed potatoes and others. Mr. Needles is the school disciplinarian. He knows Desmond is behind all the mayhem, but he is unable to prove it. He watches him like a hawk. When Desmond decides to play the best pranks ever at his sister's sleeover it backfires. Mr. Needles daughter is hurt and he goes to "The Board". Fortunately, Desmond's mot Desmond Pucket and his friend Ricky love to play practical jokes involving special effects. Over the year they have put blood balloons in cake, worms in the mashed potatoes and others. Mr. Needles is the school disciplinarian. He knows Desmond is behind all the mayhem, but he is unable to prove it. He watches him like a hawk. When Desmond decides to play the best pranks ever at his sister's sleeover it backfires. Mr. Needles daughter is hurt and he goes to "The Board". Fortunately, Desmond's mother intervenes and he is given 3 more changes. He must participate in the dreaded "extracurricular activities". He is given the option of 3 clubs, AV, School newspaper or drama club. As he strikes out in each one, he panics. He is in danger of losing the privilege of attending the school fieldtrip. When pranks start to happen on the set of the school drama presentaion, Desmond sets out to investigate because he is being blamed. What happens next changes the boring school production into the best they have ever seen. A fun story that kids will love. I like the end of the book where they give the recipes and directions to the reader for some of Desmond's tricks. The children will love that. Thank you to Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    I stumbled across this book through a program that provided me with a free copy of this book for my classroom (with the stipulation that at least 5 students will read it and write a review). I don't think I will have any trouble putting this into the hands of my students and have them devour the story. It is very quick paced with a larger sized font and drawings throughout, which at first I felt like made the book too "young" for middle aged readers. However, what this book ended up being was a I stumbled across this book through a program that provided me with a free copy of this book for my classroom (with the stipulation that at least 5 students will read it and write a review). I don't think I will have any trouble putting this into the hands of my students and have them devour the story. It is very quick paced with a larger sized font and drawings throughout, which at first I felt like made the book too "young" for middle aged readers. However, what this book ended up being was a phenomenal read for those students who have the maturity of a middle schooler, but a lower reading comprehension. This is an area of literature that is greatly lacking. Often books that are at a middle school interest level are too hard for struggling readers and when you give them a book at their reading level then the interest level plummets. This makes reading even more of a chore for those students who need to be reading the most. "Desmond Pucket" went way above my expectations and presented a creative idea, in a fun way, that is accessible to all students in the middle grade levels. My biggest grip is how little publicity this book has. I'm more then on top of the latest up and coming books and I had never heard of this one, which is such a shame. Start spreading the news people because this is a great book to have in your classroom library!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Trinia

    Not a scary book as the title can be misleading. My boys turned down the opportunity to read this book because the title led them to believe it’s a scary book. It is not really about monsters, but about a boy who likes to play pranks and scare his sister and friends. So, I decided to read this book myself. I loved it! If I was a 10-12 year old , this would be one of my new favorites. The story read quickly with fun comics and drawings throughout the book. As a kid I would have loved to pick apar Not a scary book as the title can be misleading. My boys turned down the opportunity to read this book because the title led them to believe it’s a scary book. It is not really about monsters, but about a boy who likes to play pranks and scare his sister and friends. So, I decided to read this book myself. I loved it! If I was a 10-12 year old , this would be one of my new favorites. The story read quickly with fun comics and drawings throughout the book. As a kid I would have loved to pick apart each of these imaginative drawings throughout the book. The creativity in the plot was well played out. It was a fun story to see how this boy could get himself out of trouble. Other adults/parents might criticize this book because it doesn’t have a life lesson and may “corrupt” their child to become a prankster, but I say let them have fun. I've read lots of books and they do not always have a life lesson or positive ending. This book is fun, fun fun! I think it would appeal to both boys and girls! I am planning to buy the paperback for my boys to enjoy! I would like to thank NetGalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Desmond Pucket reminds me a lot of James Patterson's character Rafe Khatchadorian. Any middle grade readers who enjoyed the "Middle School" series will enjoy this book. While I like an escape every now and then into a middle grade book, I do find this type of book, like Patterson's, to get kind of annoying with it's childishness. Again, it is targeted to a much younger group that will enjoy it a lot more than me. Desmond has I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Desmond Pucket reminds me a lot of James Patterson's character Rafe Khatchadorian. Any middle grade readers who enjoyed the "Middle School" series will enjoy this book. While I like an escape every now and then into a middle grade book, I do find this type of book, like Patterson's, to get kind of annoying with it's childishness. Again, it is targeted to a much younger group that will enjoy it a lot more than me. Desmond has a lot of problems in school but he never seems to learn from any of the times he is caught and punished. This went so far as to have him being excessively rewarded for the behavior that had him in trouble in the first place. Every kid's dream, right? Hopefully most readers will take this as just a fun read and not think they can push the limits of the rules this far. There is also a great message included: it's OK to be yourself and when trying to change who you are makes you unhappy, then changing isn't necessarily the right way to go. I really enjoyed the illustrations, which tend to be my favorite parts in these books. I'm looking forward to reading book two. 4 stars.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Annie's Book Stop Of Plainville

    This book was a great book. This book was great because the character was funny and the story its self was like Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The characters in the book I liked the most. I also liked the setting. Something I would change in this book is that his friend, Randy, should've been in the book longer. Also I think the mom should've done some work and same with Rebeca's friends. This book is about a boy named Desmond who likes monsters. He likes monsters because he plays pranks on people with This book was a great book. This book was great because the character was funny and the story its self was like Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The characters in the book I liked the most. I also liked the setting. Something I would change in this book is that his friend, Randy, should've been in the book longer. Also I think the mom should've done some work and same with Rebeca's friends. This book is about a boy named Desmond who likes monsters. He likes monsters because he plays pranks on people with them. When he was 7 yrs old he wanted to go on this ride at Crab Pier park but he's too small. Desmond's 6th grade class is going on a field trip there but Desmond has faced consequences. The characters in the book are Desmond Pucket, Rachel Pucket (Desmond's popular sister), Mom and Dad who isn't very close to Desmond. This book is a great book for ages 7 and up. If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid you would like this book. This book is action packed, comedy, and a little suspense and adventure. This book should get a 8-9. - A young customer

  27. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Desmond is a prankster. He's clever and knows exactly how to scare the pants off an unwilling victim. His hijinks get him into plenty of trouble and it's up to Desmond to striaghten up or risk not going on the school field trip. Desmond is given three chances to reform himself by participating in 3 extracurricular activities: A/V club, the school newspaper, and the drama club. With two strikes against him Desmond becomes the picture perfect student, but finds that someone is sabotaging him by set Desmond is a prankster. He's clever and knows exactly how to scare the pants off an unwilling victim. His hijinks get him into plenty of trouble and it's up to Desmond to striaghten up or risk not going on the school field trip. Desmond is given three chances to reform himself by participating in 3 extracurricular activities: A/V club, the school newspaper, and the drama club. With two strikes against him Desmond becomes the picture perfect student, but finds that someone is sabotaging him by setting off pranks that are sure to get him in trouble. In an epic finale, Desmond finds that being himself helps him achieve his goals and gains him all the recognition he could've ever hoped for and more. Wimpy Kid, Origami Yoda, and Captain Underpants fans will eat this series up. It's funny, clever, and unpredictable with a great arch nemesis all depicted in comics. Recommended for grades 4-6.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tom Townsend ii

    Mark Tatulli's book "Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic" is a very nice read that children will find entertaining for years to come. Written from the point of view of the main character, Desmond Pucket, the situations that arise within the context of the story are viewed from a child's point of view. The characters in this story and creative conflict are entertaining and the character situations keep the reader asking what will come next. The concerns and the ways in which the conflicts play out Mark Tatulli's book "Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic" is a very nice read that children will find entertaining for years to come. Written from the point of view of the main character, Desmond Pucket, the situations that arise within the context of the story are viewed from a child's point of view. The characters in this story and creative conflict are entertaining and the character situations keep the reader asking what will come next. The concerns and the ways in which the conflicts play out are both creative and fresh. Artwork used throughout the novel are comparable to what a child might draw and pretty much every feature right down to the end notes was presented in a way so as to further connect with the intended readers of this work. All in all, I would say that Mr. Tatulli has achieved a very fine work. Nicely done...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Elissa Schaeffer

    Desmond Pucket is 11 years old and obsessed with monsters. He loves pulling off a good stunt to scare whoever he can but these keep landing him in hot water, at home and school. Forced to join an extra-curricular activity, he gets kicked out of several before landing in the Drama Club. He decides to turn over a new leaf to make sure he succeeds this time. But then some pranks are pulled aimed at the school musical and all evidence points to Desmond! Desmond is not as unpleasant of a character as Desmond Pucket is 11 years old and obsessed with monsters. He loves pulling off a good stunt to scare whoever he can but these keep landing him in hot water, at home and school. Forced to join an extra-curricular activity, he gets kicked out of several before landing in the Drama Club. He decides to turn over a new leaf to make sure he succeeds this time. But then some pranks are pulled aimed at the school musical and all evidence points to Desmond! Desmond is not as unpleasant of a character as Greg Heffley but he still is lacking some depth of emotion that could have gone a long way in making him more likeable. Another choice for Wimpy Kid fans or fans of that hybrid comic/chapter book format. Grades 3 and up.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Desmond Pucket is kind of like Greg Heffley's creepy and annoying, prank-loving cousin. He wants to be good, but he can't help making mischief. Seriously, this book has a lot of similarities that will appeal to fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The artwork in this book is a tad superior, though not as distinctive, as the other series. There are black and white illustrations, comic strips, and "real" notebook pages that all combine to make a great and entertaining story for kids. The cover Desmond Pucket is kind of like Greg Heffley's creepy and annoying, prank-loving cousin. He wants to be good, but he can't help making mischief. Seriously, this book has a lot of similarities that will appeal to fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The artwork in this book is a tad superior, though not as distinctive, as the other series. There are black and white illustrations, comic strips, and "real" notebook pages that all combine to make a great and entertaining story for kids. The cover glows in the dark which is a cool perk. However, the texture of the green glowing bit was very irritating to hold on to while reading the book, though maybe I just have easily irritated fingertips.

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