With his daredevil dreams dashed, Danvers goes to bed… and wakes up
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I’m a die-hard Muppet fan. I have been since I was a kid and that has never changed. In fact when I was in college, I was interviewed by a national news magazine about the fact that I was 20 years old and had parties in my room to watch the new Muppet show. So when I was asked if I wanted to review this book, the decision was a no brainer.
Danvers Blickensderfer is a great character. He knows he’s not cool and he knows what his issues are, but like many tweens and middle schoolers, he doesn’t alw
About the Book: Danvers Blickensderfer is the biggest Gonzo fan you’ll ever meet. His school reports are all about Gonzo, he has a Gonzo shirt for every day of the week, and he even aspires to be an amazing daredevil just like The Great Gonzo. When Danvers’s audition for the local talent show fails and he looses out to the middle school boy band, Emo-Shun, Danvers thinks he’s hit rock bottom. That night, Danvers goes to bed wishing he could be like Gonzo. The next morning Danvers discovers he’s
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I LOVE The Muppets. I still think of them as real and not puppets. I could watch The Muppets all the time and never get tired of them. So when I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it. And happily, it lives up to the humor I would expect from a book about The Muppets.
The style is “Wimpy Kid-esque” with drawings and text combined to tell the story. Part of the book are drawings and entries from Danvers and some of the drawings are from the author. Readers who like books with a mix of illustrations and text will most likely be interested and it might be a nice selling point for kids who might not be familiar with The Muppets. I do wonder how well known The Muppets are with tweens, but with the upcoming movie, maybe readers will know who Gonzo is.
I did like that the author didn’t just include just the most popular Muppets. Sure, Miss Piggy, Kermit, Gonzo and Fozzy all make appearances, but so does The Electric Mayham Band, Sam the Eagle, Dr. Bunson Honeydew and Beaker, and Statler and Waldorf, (in a very hilarious way-they begin to heckle Danvers randomly throughout his day). As a Muppet fan, I appreciated that the cast was well rounded and there were lots of fun cameos from some of my favorites.
The humor is what you would expect from The Muppets and there are lots of jokes and puns and crazy happenings. Once Danvers becomes a Muppet himself, we are shown a Muppet filled world, much like you would see in The Muppet Movies. There are the regular Muppet characters, but there are also Muppets that fill Danvers world. The other Muppet intern is a pig, Danvers visits a school where there are humann students and frogs-and no one bats an eye.
There are some plotholes-like how exactly Danvers became a Muppet and the possible ways there are to fix his change. This part of the story seemed the weakest, but at the same time, the author knows that and makes fun of the random plot advances. There were things that weren’t wrapped up in this book too, so I wonder if a sequel may be the works.
Tales of a Sixth-Grade Muppet is a book for Muppet fans old and new. Give this one to readers who like humor and silly antics as well as illustrated novel fans.
Danvers Blickensderfer loved Gonzo The Great from the Muppets. He was always trying to do dangerous and wacky stunts just like Gonzo. In fact, he loves gonzo so much he wished he could be just like Gonzo. Well, he got his wish. When he woke up the next day, he ACTUALLY BECAME a Muppet! His skin was orange and felty, he had a purple nose, his hair was too yellow and he was a bit too skinny. This was NOT what Danvers wanted! How was he going to survive going to school as a Muppet?!? It was all mad
This book was SUPER funny! I thought the story was very unique (and it helps that I really like the Muppets). There are illustrations all throughout the book and they helped me visualize what was going on in the story. Like when Beaker had to hold up Bunsen Honeydew over his head while he was on ice -THAT was a really funny picture! The book would be great even without all the humor and illustrations because I thought the story was good and it kept me interested. I think the book is also good for young readers because it doesn’t have any inappropriate things in it.