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


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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 is an award-winning author of more than a hundred children's books, including the Treehorn series, illustrated by Edward Gorey, and Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated), illustrated by Lane Smith. She lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great for an older child Jan. 15 2011
By M. Cain - Published on Amazon.com
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).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A horror story for the young! Feb. 10 2012
By Deborah Sandford - Published on Amazon.com
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?
Your Kids Can Handle It Even If You Can't April 30 2015
By Olive Bazzle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a book that has high appeal for the children who need it most: struggling and reluctant readers in the upper elementary grades. Adults who expect children's literature to contain a moral message or serve some other didactic purpose have been boring children to pieces for centuries. Fortunately, the author of this book understands what most adults don't: children get their morals by observing the behaviors of the people around them. They then integrate the literature they read into whatever moral framework they already possess. They don't construct a moral framework via the literature. So, for all the shocked and offended adults out there who feel more comfortable with those children's books that were written primarily with adult caregivers in mind: take a deep breath and enter the darkly comedic world of your child's imagination. Or, better yet: let your children read the book and review it themselves.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
LOVED this. Loved it Aug. 11 2014
By TS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
LOVED this. Loved it. Great story, great illustration. Bought this as I'm a fan of Carson Ellis' illustration but was thrilled to find a great author as well.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I think some adults might like it... but it's really not an appropriate kid's book... July 8 2014
By booknosh - Published on Amazon.com
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...


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