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Fat Camp Commandos (Fat Camp Commandos)

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In this hip and hilarious novel by the incomparable Daniel Pinkwater, a trio of fat camp dropouts set out to subvert their community's" Anti-Fat" movement. Revenge was never so sweet...or so funny!

Fed up with the systematic jeering and abuse at Camp Noo Yoo, where frantic parents send their pudgy little darlings in the hopes that they will shed a few of those socially unac...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 2001)
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Joshua Gross
I have enjoyed Daniel Pinkwater's books since I was a kid, but I usually just read his longer, more in-depth books for older children. It would be easy to write this book off as a simple chapter book for young kids with a silly title, but the book turned out to surprise me. Two fat kids, Ralph and Sylvia, are sent off to fat camp by their easily-influenced parents. There they meet Celtic witch Mavis, who encourages them to break out of the camp with her and get their revenge on everyone who want...more
My daughter and I giggled and were often open mouthed in surprise at some of the hysterical but crude comments made about overweight children and adults. The moral of the story was clearly a positive one about how people focus to much on weight in regards to character. Also, that crazy diets and exercise programs can do more harm than good. Small improvements in a person’s life long term is more beneficial than crash dieting and the results will more likely stay. Daniel Pinkwater did this all su...more
I laughed, I cried, I LOVED it! This is the kids version of his "Afterlife Diet" and I am thrilled to see an author teaching our kids the truth about the diet industry and truly loving who you are. I have loved Pinkwater since I was a kid and now I know why. He is a true "cultural infidel" as Jimmy Buffet would say.
Two kids at fat camp rebel against the very notion of such a thing, with hilarious results. A totally liberating and adorable story suitable for both children and adults.
Erin Reilly-Sanders
I'm not too sure what to think about this one. Yes, it's funny. Yes, it's an easy, quick read. But it's sort of half humourous story and half treatise on how being fat is okay. I think I like the idea of telling kids to feel confident and be happy in who they are, but the combination of moralistic info like that fat doesn't mean un-athletic and not fit, into funny story is a little odd. Maybe I would have liked an author's note for kids who have been sent to fat camp or feel fat or their parents...more
Destiny Phabmixay
Hahaha!This book is so hilarious that crack myself up.I think you should read this book,because I'm thinking that it is about many parents wanting thier kids to lose some weight.But this is all I gotten but if I keep reading then I can tell you the rest.
Cheryl in CC NV
Really funny. I think it could've had a bit more about the need to be fit and to eat veggies, but the message that fat kids aren't of less worth is important. And it certainly was funny!
I loved this little book! It is a scrumptious Pinkwater book about loving yourself no matter your size. Totally fun read, too!
Malcolm says, "I liked the song that Officer Pup sang; it was really funny. I like that chickens were at camp."
A very cute book that talks about being comfortable with who you are - and still making sure you're healthy.
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Good times whose point is widely missed. Seriously, read the first several oblivious reviews on the work.
Little more than a trifle, but a pleasant read from the often hilarious Mr. Pinkwater.
smiggles (ILY) but i really dont
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Daniel Manus Pinkwater is an author of mostly children's books and is an occasional commentator on National Public Radio. He attended Bard College. Well-known books include Lizard Music, The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, Fat Men from Space, Borgel, and the picture book The Big Orange Splot. Pinkwater has also illustrated many of his books in the past, although for more recent works that...more
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