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Dillweed's Revenge: A Deadly Dose of Magic Hardcover – Sep 6 2010

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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (Sept. 6 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152063943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152063948
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #945,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Like Dillweed, Heide and Ellis have worked a little black magic. Together, they've conjured up a delightful tale of revenge. And empowerment. As wickedly fun as Gorey, Dahl, or Belloc"—Lane Smith   "The story is unnerving, the characters are unpleasant, and the artwork is unsettling. I am going to read this book again and again."—Lemony Snicket 

"Well-deserved woe unto adults who do Dillweed wrong!...His parents are off voyaging, and he's poetically jealous: 'Dillweed liked to go places. He liked to have adventures. He liked to have a good time. His parents went places. His parents had adventures. His parents had a good time. The parents. Not Dillweed'...Good, macabre fun."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Carson Ellis, with her signature palate and line character, has created an utterly charming set of illustrations for this remarkable book."—The Huffington Post

"Young lovers of Gaiman and Gorey will relish the gruesome fun of this parental cautionary tale."—The Bulletin

About the Author

Florence Parry Heide worked in advertising and public relations, but is best known for her many award-winning and best-selling books for children, including The Spotlight Club series and Some Things Are Scary. Florence Parry Heide passed away in 2011.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great for an older child Jan. 15 2011
By M. Cain - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a fabulous book for an older child. It's the sort of dark children's story that brings to mind Coraline, the Nightmare before Christmas, etc. The child conjures up monsters to take revenge on his neglectful parents and abusive caretakers (who are drunkards and debauchers). Kids love stories where innocent children get revenge on mean adults. The artwork is great and the language is simple enough that a youngster could read it to him or herself. I bought it for my four-year-old, but will not be reading it to him for at least 3 or 4 years (he doesn't need to know that some adults don't take good care of their children).
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Appalling! Dec 5 2012
By Michael Burton - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is about a boy who is being raised by neglectful parents and taken advantage of by the servants. He is unhappy and to get his revenge he unleashes his monsters of magic and bad accidents happen causing them to DIE. The character is happy when the bad things happen to the servants and his parents. I DON'T recommend this book for ANY child at any age. I don't want my child to think its ok to be happy if you have in some way caused someon to die either directly or indirectly!
I think some adults might like it... but it's really not an appropriate kid's book... July 8 2014
By Rydia - Published on
Format: Hardcover
It's almost impossible to write a review without spoilers explaining my stance. So, fair warning: LOTS of spoilers ahead.

This is a book about a neglected child whose only friend is his pet. His parents leave him alone (never taking him with them on their vacations and adventures) with the servants, who are mean to him, and make him do all manner of chores (ones they should, themselves be taking care of).

So... Dillweed plots his revenge (via evil spirits/ghosts) and both of the evil servants are killed (one eats poison that the other was planning on serving to Dillweed, for example).

Afterwards, when his parents come back, he realizes he would be better off without them as well (they try to get rid of Dillweed's pet) and it's strongly implied that his parents, also, meet with a terrible end.

While I can see certain adults enjoying this book, it's definitely not one I want to read to my kids...
A horror story for the young! Feb. 10 2012
By Deborah Sandford - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Dillweed's wealthy parents are always vacationing, leaving him with the servants who take over as masters of the mansion and make Dillweed do their chores. Dillweed has a box of magical gems under his bed; opening the box unleashes shadowy monsters. The servants fall prey to deadly disasters caused by said monsters. The parents come home and promptly fall prey to a similar fate . Dillweed now lives happily ever after with his faithful and constant companion, Skorped. Short, but not sweet, definitely macabre, the intricate ink and watercolor illustrations carry this story into the graphic novel genre where it will be discovered by an appreciative audience of ages ten to twelve who delight in ghastly stories. And why not?
people that do something the child doesn't like are killed and he's glad Dec 10 2014
By L - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Doesn't even deserve 1 star as a children's book. Extremely inappropriate content. Pictures showing debauchery, people that do something the child doesn't like are killed and he's glad. His parents do something he doesn't like and they are killed and he's happy and goes on a vacation. Both pictures and content are horrid.