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Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Mordecai Richler , Fritz Wegner
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Sept. 2 2003 Jacob Two-Two Adventures
Poor Jacob Two-Two. Not only must he say everything twice just to be heard over his four brothers and sisters, but he finds himself the prisoner of the dreaded Hooded Fang. What had he done to deserve such a punishment? The worst crime of all – insulting a grown-up! Although he’s small, Jacob is not helpless, especially when The Infamous Two come to his aid.

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As Dr. Seuss knew, children's stories, however fantastical, still work by a kind of logic: if a monster has two heads, he'll naturally need two toothbrushes. Mordecai Richler's Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang succeeds by just such a rationale. Preceded by two older brothers and two older sisters, Jacob is certain no one ever listens to him and so develops the habit of saying everything twice.

  Jacob's trademark repetitiveness lands him afoul of a "grown-up" on his very first errand to the greengrocer's. Jacob's insistence on "two pounds of firm, red tomatoes, two pounds of firm, red tomatoes," is considered mocking and he soon finds himself ushered into the fantastical children's court of Mr. Justice Rough. Sentenced to hard time in the foggy, wolverine- and snake-infested Slimer's Island, Jacob falls under the menacing eye of the dreaded warden, the Hooded Fang. Jacob and his fellow scabby-kneed inmates slave out their sentences on a work gang by manufacturing "Rain for picnics," "Weeds to ruin swimming holes," and "Major news stories concocted to break only when they could replace favourite television programs." Working secretly within the shroud of fog, Jacob plots his escape with the help of a heroic ring of older children known as Child Power.

  Richler's Jacob, like his countryman Dennis Lee's Alligator Pie and J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, began as a tale for his own five children, and each wild setting, giggly joke, and action-heavy chapter feels battle-tested on children's ears. Richler the novelist pays attention to plot and child-friendly logic, avoiding the stew approach to children's literature in which condescending authors throw together what they consider to be the ingredients of a children's story without any sense of sequence, suspense, or outcome. Fritz Wegner's periodic illustrations extend Richler's playful work with monstrous prison guards, nefarious villains, and a swashbuckling rescue. --Darryl Whetter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“Everyone should go out tomorrow and beat his local bookseller into submission if he hasn’t got a nice, plump display of books titled Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang.”
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Exciting Read-Aloud July 7 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
As an elementary teacher, I have found this fun and hilarious book to be a younger "Harry Potter". "Jacob Two-Two" is straightforward, human, and vivid. It highlights the themes of empathy, independence, and power--a strong message about the value of every individual. I would highly recommend it for any child from grades 1-4. Excellent!
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4.0 out of 5 stars You'll Go Crackers You'll Go Crackers Jan. 14 2002
Format:Paperback
We liked this story because Jacob thought the Hooded Fang was funny even though he was scariest person that you have ever seen. Jacob knew he was really childish. The funniest part was when the Hooded Fang said "I want my mommy." We liked how Jacob said everything twice. We could relate to how he couldn't do the things his brothers and sisters could. One of us is still terrible at cutting bread so she feels like him when one side comes out really thick and the other is like a sheet of paper. Another kid feels like him because her sister goes to 2 hours of gymnastics and she only goes to one. Written by a club of good readers who like to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perry & Bonasera review The Hooded Fang April 3 2000
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Format:Paperback
This book is about a young boy ( 2+2+2 years old) who is sentto a children's prison in the foggiest part of England. This prison isrun by a Former wrestler called The Hooded Fang. The Hooded Fang considers himself vile, vicious, and mean, but nobody agrees. The Intrepid Shapiro and the Fearless O'Toole plot to rescue Jacob and all the other children in the Children's Prison but there are a few kinks. A worker at the Children's prison called Mr. Fox leads them to the Children's Prison. After a great battle... I won't tell you the rest. S. Perry
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4.0 out of 5 stars B.J. reviews Jacob Two-Two! April 1 2000
By BJ
Format:Paperback
Jacob Two-Two is two plus two plus two years old, he has two older brothers and two older sisters, he's the smallest in his family so he says everything twice because no one listens to him the first time. Then one day when Jacob Two-Two is put in the childerns prison and meets the Hooded Fang, he must find a way to get out with the help of the fearless O'Tolle and the intreped Shapero. If you like suprise endings and good plots, Jacob Two-Two is the book for you.Jacob Two-Two is the book for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jacob Two-Two April 3 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang is an interesting book,about a boy and the adventures of the fearless O'Toole and intrepidShapiro. Slimers Isle is the place where bad children go and live in a horrid castle. They make terrible things like rain for picnics. They also tell the worst bedtime stories ever! This is an enjoyable book for ages 10 and up. I hope you will read this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jacob two-two Jacob two-two April 3 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
When Jacob Two-two is thrown in the childrens prison on Slimers Isle for mocking a big person it's up to him with a little help from Fearless O'Toole and the Intrepid Shapiro (child power) to save the kids of Slimers Isle from the mean, excrutiating,vile Hooded Fang.Read this book to find out if Jacob Two-Two, even as small as he is can save the children of Slimers Isle.
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I read 2 chapters of Jacob Two-Two every night while we were on holiday to my 5 and 8 yr. old nephews and they absolutely loved it ! Can't wait to read the next one about Jacob Two-Two . A lovely story about what it means to be little with no one taking you seriously or even listening to you , and the power of kindness to overcome fear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jacob Two-Two's Review March 31 2000
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Format:Paperback
If you like lots of laughs and humor,you'll like Jacob Two-Two! Jacob says everything two times because if he says it once,no one will listen. When he goes out on his first errand he gets in trouble and ends up in a jail cell. The judge sends him to Slimer's Isle. Jacob sends a letter asking for help, but I won't tell you any MORE!
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