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  • Hardcover: 210 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Juvenile B B (Aug. 4 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060586850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060586850
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.1 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,902,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 4-6–Measle Stubbs lives in a vile house with his hateful guardian, Basil Tramplebone. Basil, who is a "Wrathmonk," a warlock gone mad, has one pleasure, his amazingly elaborate model train set, and one day he reduces Measle to a tiny size and sets him down within it. Before long, Measle discovers six other small humans and a dog, and together they must figure out how to survive in a hostile environment where the only food (donut crumbs left by Basil) will turn them slowly into plastic, avoid the hungry bat that stalks them, and find a way to vanquish Basil. This is a fine premise, but the farfetched methods through which the companions accomplish these goals are forced and unsatisfying. Why do carrots provide an antidote to the magic donuts? Could a half-inch-tall boy really outrun a four-inch-long cockroach? The characters are one-dimensional and uninteresting, and some of them seem to have been created solely for their necessary abilities. Good triumphs over evil, the tiny people are returned to their normal size, and Measle even gets his long-lost parents back, but the tone remains muted to the end.–Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
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Gr. 3-7. Ten-year-old Measle Stubbs is a scrappy orphan who lives with horrible, sinister guardian Basil Tramplebone. Basil is a Wrathmonk, a wicked wizard. When he discovers Measle playing with his cherished miniature railway, Basil casts an evil spell that shrinks Measle to tiny proportions and imprisons him in the world of the train set. This, of course, puts Measle in all sorts of fantastic predicaments, including his memorable escapes from hungry bats and roaches. The story ends with the suggestion of a sequel. This entertaining, fast-paced novel has moments of humor and suspense, but its characters and plot are derivative of such popular fantasy stories as the Harry Potter series and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Still, fans of those tales will no doubt find appeal in Ogilvy's quirky characters and their bizarre adventures. Ed Sullivan
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If you like a book with excitement, revenge, and a few touching moments, then this is the book for you. Measle and The Wrathmonk, by Ian Ogivly, is a great fantasy book.

The main character’s name is Measle Stubbs. He’s shy, friendly, smelly, and smart for someone who hasn’t had an education. Measle’s parents died when he was very young and they left him a huge amount of money. He has a cruel legal guardian named Basil Tramplebone. Basil is Measle’s fourth cousin twelve times removed and he loves money. It’s weird, but the judge that decided Measle was too young to have the money himself, and sent Basil to take care of him, looked almost exactly like Basil, and Basil is a devastatingly ugly, terrible, horrifying creature. His skin is pure white and his hands are as cold as ice. His eyes are like fish eyes that follow Measle’s every move. Yes, he’s that creepy. They both live in a dreary, horrible, ugly house. In this house, Basil has a magnificent train set in the attic, with amazing features. Basil only lets Measle come watch him play with it once a year. This wasn’t going to work for Measle, because he was dieing to see it again. Then, Measle came up with a plan.
The plan was to get Basil out of the house by telling him he there was a phone call for him from the bank telling about some extra money, and Measle knows how Basil feels about money. Then, once he’s out of the house, Measle will go up to the attic and play with the train set. It was a great plan, except that Measle forgot it was Sunday, and banks are closed on Sunday! Hopefully, Basil will forget, too.
If you want to find out what happens to Measle and his mischievous plan, then you should definitely read the book.
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By A Customer on March 10 2005
Format: Paperback
This book i would deffinatly say is for younger readers, or readers who are young at heart. I thought it was acceptionally well done!! i have also read it's sequel "Measle and the Dragodon" and i am very much looking forward to the third (Measle and the Mallockee)
I am at a loss for words to describe how good this book is. It's action packed, and extremly funny. It makes one forget the troubles of the world. I have rarely read anything as amusing and wonderful as this. Even Harry Potter can barely compare.
Measle Stubbs is an acceptional boy, who with his courage and pure of heart takes us on a whirl wind adventure. Through his journy he makes some valuable friends, and in less than 48 hours his life goes from terrible to terribly wonderful.
I could hardly put this book down, and when i did, i was always thinking about it. it's deffinatly a good read!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
My daughter and I really liked this book. Jan. 13 2006
By Peter W. Shor - Published on Amazon.com
Don't pay any attention to the School Library Journal review. While some of the means our heros use to defeat the villain do seem relatively far-fetched (one of the review's complaints), the book is very entertaining anyway. I've suspected for a while that some of the reviews Amazon finds, like this one, are by people who merely skimmed the book, and I believe this review proves it. Contrary to the review, a half-inch boy never outruns a four-inch cockroach in this book. Or rather, he does, but he has a real big headstart. In fact, it's clear from reading the book that the cockroach actually can run much faster than our hero, so he has to outwit him instead.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Get infected with this Measle! April 1 2005
By S. Hendricks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a thoroughly entertaining children's book. For children there is just enough "scary" tension to have them worried about what could happen to Measle. The book demonstrates that even at a young age one is capable of facing fear and rising to confront adversity. It also shows that teamwork is important. It's a fun story despite the horrible situation Measle finds himself in. It's a great adventure for the age group it was written for.

If you have no objections to magic and wizardry, and you think that Harry Potter is not appropriate for your child, this could fill the bill. In fact, I think I enjoyed this as much as Harry Potter, if not more. (But I really hate comparing it to Harry Potter because the targeted age group is different, and I think this book stands on its own merits.)

I can't wait for the next "outbreak" of Measle`s predicaments.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Dash of Action, a Pinch of Fantasy.... Aug. 30 2004
By M. Carpenter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Any 4-6 grader who loves action and/or fantasy will love this book! Ogilvy writes an exciting story encompassing everything from a tortured orphan to a bat-like beast, from a mysterious train set to a giant cocroach, and thrilling chase scenes to tunneling through a table! It is highly imaginative, and his excellent understanding of action pushes the reader through the well written scenes with little effort. Aside from a slightly contrived twist at the end, this is a well written and easily read book for any young person.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A fun little book with the right amount of scary Sept. 17 2004
By KidsReads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Why is Measle Stubbs so afraid of his guardian, Basil Tramplebone? Is it his slithering, hissing way? Might it be those pointed, yellow teeth? Probably most ten-year-old boys would not be happy living in the shadow of the strange and frightening Basil. But Measle has no choice, as he is an orphan and must now live miserably in his guardian's dark, cold house. The one nice thing is the room at the top of the house that contains a most marvelous train set. Sometimes, when Basil is working on the train, he allows Measle to watch. But despite these moments of happiness, Measle is terribly nervous about something that lurks overhead and seems to be watching his every move.

Measle's real adventure begins when he dares to play with Basil's train and is caught. The mad wizard, or "Wrathmonk," quickly shrinks Measle to the size of one of the little village people. It doesn't take long for the clever Measle to figure out that Basil has been doing some really evil spells and that many of the "villagers" are real people turned into plastic. He accidentally discovers that, by feeding them carrot bits, they can become real again. Becoming real helps them all realize that perhaps together they can escape from Basil's horrible spell. However, in order to do this, they must come up with intelligent plans and face some formidable adventures. By far the most fun comes when they reverse one of Wrathmonk's spells and turn him into a giant cockroach!

This is a fun little book with just the right amount of scary. Like Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, it will be an especially popular selection for grades 4 through 6. There is a sequel on the way, so the adventures of Measle and his friends are just beginning.

--- Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Loved it! April 15 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
I really really like this book and have read it several times. I hope other readers won't be intimidated by the creepy cover and title because trust me, if you read this you'll want your own copy. This book is really exciting and suspenseful.


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