Measle and the Wrathmonk Hardcover – Sep 2004
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From School Library Journal
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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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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.
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
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