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Great questions have always been raised by literature. Moby Dick asks, "Doesn't anyone ever get seasick?" The Odyssey asks, "Doesn't anyone ever get seasick?" The Snarkout Boys and the Baconburg Horror asks: "Why doesn't everyone get food poisoning? How do they survive so many greasy snacks?" "Is Dr. Ormond Sacker really a psychiatrist? Why did the Bongos name their son Wi Great questions have always been raised by literature. Moby Dick asks, "Doesn't anyone ever get seasick?" The Odyssey asks, "Doesn't anyone ever get seasick?" The Snarkout Boys and the Baconburg Horror asks: "Why doesn't everyone get food poisoning? How do they survive so many greasy snacks?" "Is Dr. Ormond Sacker really a psychiatrist? Why did the Bongos name their son Winston? (Could he be adopted?)" "Why are werewolves like that?" "Have rat's prayers reached James Dean? Doesn't a great detective have anything better to do?" Here you will find the answers to these questions and many, many others. Provocative to some, stimulating to others, boring to jaded sophisticates, this is a book that must be heard – although it can also be thrown to great effect.


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Great questions have always been raised by literature. Moby Dick asks, "Doesn't anyone ever get seasick?" The Odyssey asks, "Doesn't anyone ever get seasick?" The Snarkout Boys and the Baconburg Horror asks: "Why doesn't everyone get food poisoning? How do they survive so many greasy snacks?" "Is Dr. Ormond Sacker really a psychiatrist? Why did the Bongos name their son Wi Great questions have always been raised by literature. Moby Dick asks, "Doesn't anyone ever get seasick?" The Odyssey asks, "Doesn't anyone ever get seasick?" The Snarkout Boys and the Baconburg Horror asks: "Why doesn't everyone get food poisoning? How do they survive so many greasy snacks?" "Is Dr. Ormond Sacker really a psychiatrist? Why did the Bongos name their son Winston? (Could he be adopted?)" "Why are werewolves like that?" "Have rat's prayers reached James Dean? Doesn't a great detective have anything better to do?" Here you will find the answers to these questions and many, many others. Provocative to some, stimulating to others, boring to jaded sophisticates, this is a book that must be heard – although it can also be thrown to great effect.

30 review for The Snarkout Boys and the Baconburg Horror

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Bob Wald is quoted as saying that if you really believe in quantum mechanics then you cannot take it seriously. Daniel Pinkwater demonstrates the same principal for fiction. He really believes in fiction--I'm not saying that he believes fictitious stories to be real; No, he really believes in the power of fiction. But he will not allow anyone to take his writing seriously. In truth I don't know if that is really how Daniel Pinkwater himself views it. But after reading two of his books, that is m Bob Wald is quoted as saying that if you really believe in quantum mechanics then you cannot take it seriously. Daniel Pinkwater demonstrates the same principal for fiction. He really believes in fiction--I'm not saying that he believes fictitious stories to be real; No, he really believes in the power of fiction. But he will not allow anyone to take his writing seriously. In truth I don't know if that is really how Daniel Pinkwater himself views it. But after reading two of his books, that is my conclusion. The Snarkout Boys and the Baconburg Horror starts out as a taut, gritty, dark thriller but mid way through the book, when you are starting to take it too seriously, just when you are being drawn into this mysterious world, Daniel pulls the rug out from under everything. This is exactly the point where J. K. Rowling and George Lucas go wrong. Just when the whole world is caught up in their story and taking it too seriously they themselves start taking it too seriously! They stop believing in the fiction and they start believing in some kid with broken glasses waving a little wooden stick or some little green guy that never learned to put his nouns before his verbs. Yoda and Harry are great characters, but guess what! They are fiction! Pinkwater doesn't fall prey to this mistake. Just when things are getting too serious BAMM he hits you with off-the-wall zaniness. After you've finished laughing, there is some disipointment: You: Hey, I thought this story was serious! Pinkwater: No, it's fiction! You are reading it for fun!! So open up. I'm about to shove some fun down your throat! Of course this is the big problem with Daniel Pinkwater. He is his own diabolically evil twin. He is the one that ultimately pulls the rug out from under his stories; and why? Because he believes in stories--not in his stories, just in stories.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Collin B

    The Stoplight on the corner of 5th and Snark is wanging, banging Clanging in the wind. Oh James Dean where are you now? Squashed in your porsca just when we need you. And the muscle bound crumb bums threaten to beat me up... Just cause I'm weird.- As read by the poet Johnathan Quicksilver at the Dharma Buttons Coffee House, I have that memorized, I've listened to this audio book a bunch of times. Although I agree this book is not nearly as entertaining as The Avocado Of Death, I am dissapointed The Stoplight on the corner of 5th and Snark is wanging, banging Clanging in the wind. Oh James Dean where are you now? Squashed in your porsca just when we need you. And the muscle bound crumb bums threaten to beat me up... Just cause I'm weird.- As read by the poet Johnathan Quicksilver at the Dharma Buttons Coffee House, I have that memorized, I've listened to this audio book a bunch of times. Although I agree this book is not nearly as entertaining as The Avocado Of Death, I am dissapointed to see so many negative reviews. I Just wish Pinkwater had written more than just two Snarkout Boys books. GOOD STUFF. Go to DanielPinkwater.com for free downloads of his audio books!!!! YAY

  3. 4 out of 5

    Keef

    Daniel Pinkwater's best. Maybe the best young adult novel ever written. Beat poetry, werewolves, drive-in movies, record-listening parties, professional wrestling, and root beer with a special ingredient. I can't possibly recommend this book enough. Daniel Pinkwater's best. Maybe the best young adult novel ever written. Beat poetry, werewolves, drive-in movies, record-listening parties, professional wrestling, and root beer with a special ingredient. I can't possibly recommend this book enough.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Burkhart

    Pinkwater makes me laugh with each and every one of his books. He is funny, very clever, and has his own unique imaginative style. There are only two books about the Snarkout Boys...I could read a dozen!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    The second in the Snarkout Boys, and my favorite. Particularly the snippets from the Baconburg Horror's POV. I really wish I had been able to read these books when I was a teenager, rather than an adult. Then I would have been able to love them longer. :) A wonderful follow up to The Avocado of Death. The second in the Snarkout Boys, and my favorite. Particularly the snippets from the Baconburg Horror's POV. I really wish I had been able to read these books when I was a teenager, rather than an adult. Then I would have been able to love them longer. :) A wonderful follow up to The Avocado of Death.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shervyn Von hoerl

    Hilarious This is the second novel in the Snark-Out Boys Duology, which means it's a hilarious, laugh-out-loud romp of a monster story. Mr. Pinkwater's sense of comedic timing is flawless and his playing around with chapter structure makes the jokes even better. Hilarious This is the second novel in the Snark-Out Boys Duology, which means it's a hilarious, laugh-out-loud romp of a monster story. Mr. Pinkwater's sense of comedic timing is flawless and his playing around with chapter structure makes the jokes even better.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Another kick ass book from my childhood. I have read it multiple times as both a child and an adult ~ it cracks me up every time :) Totally wacky! I love the pictures of Pinkwater on the back, slowly turning into a Warewolf.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Pop Bop

    The Snarkout Boys Are Baaack I'm a Numero Uno Pinkwater fan. Not as big a fan as Rat is of James Dean, but still. I get a kick out of the Snarkout Boys, but even I would admit that, for me, they fall in the middle of the Pinkwater canon. Put aside all of Pinkwater's kids' books, (Bongo Larry, the Werewolf Club, maybe the Hoboken Chicken stories, and so on). Put aside the adult book. Consider the tween/YA books. I put "The Education of Robert Nifkin", "Lizard Music", and the three books in the Nedd The Snarkout Boys Are Baaack I'm a Numero Uno Pinkwater fan. Not as big a fan as Rat is of James Dean, but still. I get a kick out of the Snarkout Boys, but even I would admit that, for me, they fall in the middle of the Pinkwater canon. Put aside all of Pinkwater's kids' books, (Bongo Larry, the Werewolf Club, maybe the Hoboken Chicken stories, and so on). Put aside the adult book. Consider the tween/YA books. I put "The Education of Robert Nifkin", "Lizard Music", and the three books in the Neddiad cycle in the absolute top position. For many readers the "Alan Mendelsohn, Boy From Mars" book goes here too. Then, I think, we get to the Snarkout Boys. The Snarkout adventures are fun and funny, with clever puns, snappy banter, deadpan throwaway lines, quirky characters, and bizarre plot twists and turns. But the books I listed above really, to greater or lesser extent, speak to the reader and often have a deep and memorable effect. Even here, with the loads of funny bits and great one-liners and the characters' rim shot deliveries, the Snarkout tales feel more like pure Pinkwater entertainments. Sort of like warmups before the big game.That's fine, and this is a fun book; I'd encourage anyone to read this, but I'd strongly encourage them to read one the books noted above to find out why so many Pinkwater fans are so devoted to his books, and why so many fans who write reviews write about how affected they were by him in their tween and teen years. So, hop right in here, but then keep going. Especially if you need a kind and generous person to tell you that it's O.K. to be odd, or quirky, or nerdy, or listening and marching to your own particular drummer. (Please note that I found this particular edition of this book while browsing kindleunlimited freebies, although I'm pretty sure I have a paperback copy of it around here somewhere. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marsha Valance

    Two teenage boys and their unusual allies fight to save Baconburg in this hysterically funny novel.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jo Ann

    This was an amusing read. There is a werewolf in town and they want to catch it but first they have to find it!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emily Von pfahl

    I'm obviously in the minority when it comes to rating this book. I guess I just didn't get the humor, because I didn't find it all that funny. It was too implausible to be realistic fiction, but it wasn't weird enough to be fantasy exactly. Just random. I'm obviously in the minority when it comes to rating this book. I guess I just didn't get the humor, because I didn't find it all that funny. It was too implausible to be realistic fiction, but it wasn't weird enough to be fantasy exactly. Just random.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Angela Randall

    This book was mentioned in a GeekDad article on the best halloween books for kids. See Goodreads list here. This book was mentioned in a GeekDad article on the best halloween books for kids. See Goodreads list here.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Geldar

    A disappointment, really. I remember the Avocado of Death being a lot better than this. I was looking for more mystery and adventure, but what I got I could barely tolerate at times. Maybe I was just not in the right mood. The World Owes Me a Living Cause I'm Short. A disappointment, really. I remember the Avocado of Death being a lot better than this. I was looking for more mystery and adventure, but what I got I could barely tolerate at times. Maybe I was just not in the right mood. The World Owes Me a Living Cause I'm Short.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Allie

    I've listened to this 3 times now and it still cracks me up. Anyone not familiar with Daniel Pinkwater needs to rectify that! He is HILARIOUS. And I love that he narrated both of his Snarkout Boys books. I've listened to this 3 times now and it still cracks me up. Anyone not familiar with Daniel Pinkwater needs to rectify that! He is HILARIOUS. And I love that he narrated both of his Snarkout Boys books.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    Because I read it, it's awesome. Because I read it, it's awesome.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aric Brose

    Not as good as first book. The ending was a little convoluted. But still a very quirky book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    Fun stuff.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    What a strange yet enjoyable book! I would have loved this when I was younger.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    I liked this better than the first one. Anything is better with werewolves. Strangely, these books make me want to eat more avocados.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    This book was hilarious and awesome. I've never enjoyed a writer's style more. I must track down a copy of the first one, Avocado of Death. This book was hilarious and awesome. I've never enjoyed a writer's style more. I must track down a copy of the first one, Avocado of Death.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

  22. 4 out of 5

    Charles Wimmer

  23. 5 out of 5

    Paul

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ren

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anis Mojgani

  26. 5 out of 5

    Abby

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michael K.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bill

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anna

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Mannarino

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