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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books (Sept. 2 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887766862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887766862
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.7 x 0.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #367,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 alternate Paperback edition.

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S Saunders on Aug. 13 2009
Format: Paperback
Jacob Two-Two was a big hit in our family. It is short (87 pages), with brief chapters that are perfect for reading to the children before hustling them into bed. It also meets my bedtime story criteria: lots of illustrations, appeals to boys and girls, and is enjoyed by both children and parents. My husband read quite a few of the chapters this time, and I am pleased to report that this book was a hit with everyone.
Jacob is the youngest of five children, is two times two times two years old, and repeats everything he says twice because otherwise no one notices him. He struggles with his family over emerging independence; he can pour his own cereal, but isn't allowed to cross the street. He wants to help but can't do things right, and is an unwanted tag-along in his older sibling's games. After inadvertently offending the grocer with his repetitious speaking, Jacob is arrested and sentenced to two years, two months, two weeks, two days, two hours and two minutes at the children's prison. This Lemony Snickett style institution is run by the Hooded Fang, formerly the "most hated and vile villian in all of wrestling". Happily, it is not long before Jacob overthrows the Big People running the fearsome prison, with the assistance of the juvenile heroes of Child Power, the Intrepid Shapiro and the Fearless O'Toole (a.k.a. Jacob's siblings, Emma and Noah). It is a charming story of empowerment for little folk.
Unsurprisingly, with Richler, the writing is witty, clever, and the characters well-drawn. I particularly appreciated Louis Loser and Justice Rough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7 2001
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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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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By A Customer on April 3 2000
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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By BJ on April 1 2000
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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By A Customer on April 3 2000
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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By A Customer on April 3 2000
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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