Cathy Camper's Reviews > Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go

Heck by Dale E. Basye
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Dec 12, 08

Read in August, 2008

Just because you're under eighteen doesn't mean you'll die young and stay pretty! This hilarious book by co-Portlandier and adman Basye uses the marketer's silver tongue to pun and play it's way through h-e--double toothpick. When siblings Marlo and Milton Fauster die smothered in goo in the Mall of Generica after a giant marshmallow bear explodes,they end up in Heck. Heck is like school gone really rotten:lots of crying babies, a Limbo where you not only wait, you have to do the dance,and a Cafeterium that features moldy liver. The staff is exemplary too: Richard Nixon teaches ethics and Lizzie Borden does Home Ec. Younger readers will enjoy all the gross details; older readers will recognize underworld references from Dante to King Tut's realm. But mostly this is a great book because it'll make you laugh out loud...and how many books about death do that?
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