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Tales of a Sixth-Grade Muppet (Tales of a Sixth-Grade Muppet #1)

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On a scale of one to ten, sixth-grader Danvers Blickensderfer's life is a solid minus two. But he really hits rock bottom when he auditions for the local talent show: his death-defying hula-hooping-ninja tribute to Gonzo the Great is beat out by the world's most obnoxious middle school boy band, Emo Shun.

With his daredevil dreams dashed, Danvers goes to bed... and wakes up
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 5th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Lori Twichell
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I’m a die-hard Muppet fan. I have been since I was a kid and that has never changed. In fact when I was in college, I was interviewed by a national news magazine about the fact that I was 20 years old and had parties in my room to watch the new Muppet show. So when I was asked if I wanted to review this book, the decision was a no brainer.

Danvers Blickensderfer is a great character. He knows he’s not cool and he knows what his issues are, but like many tweens and middle schoolers, he doesn’t alw
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Sarah BT
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
About the Book: Danvers Blickensderfer is the biggest Gonzo fan you'll ever meet. His school reports are all about Gonzo, he has a Gonzo shirt for every day of the week, and he even aspires to be an amazing daredevil just like The Great Gonzo. When Danvers's audition for the local talent show fails and he looses out to the middle school boy band, Emo-Shun, Danvers thinks he's hit rock bottom. That night, Danvers goes to bed wishing he could be like Gonzo. The next morning Danvers discovers he's ...more
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Danvers Blickensderfer loved Gonzo The Great from the Muppets. He was always trying to do dangerous and wacky stunts just like Gonzo. In fact, he loves gonzo so much he wished he could be just like Gonzo. Well, he got his wish. When he woke up the next day, he ACTUALLY BECAME a Muppet! His skin was orange and felty, he had a purple nose, his hair was too yellow and he was a bit too skinny. This was NOT what Danvers wanted! How was he going to survive going to school as a Muppet?!? It was all mad ...more
Peyton
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
It's about time for a sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational kids' chapter book! With fun drawings, a hilarious story, and all of my favorite Muppets (or at least most of them) how could I not enjoy this book? When I was in the sixth grade, I would have loved to have woken up to discover I had been transformed into a Muppet (come to think of it, that'd be pretty cool even now). I guess reading about it is the second-best thing.

One thing that I didn't appreciate was all the nake
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Michael Jones
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mike-like
A cute Muppet-infused story in the style of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, except not quite as clever. The Muppets in the book are more "Muppet Show" than "Muppet Movie" - there's not particularly a lot to them. They're wacky, as expected, but part of the charm of the Muppets is that in the movies they began to have distinct personalities and back stories, and they seem very one-dimensional in this novel. There should be plenty of room in a novel for them to be a little more well-rounded. I realize this ...more
Tammy
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
I so wanted to love this book, but--some hilarious lines aside--it just tries too hard. It's something I would have written in the fifth grade, but, unlike Origami Yoda and Wimpy Kid, it doesn't come near the level of books designed to appear to be written by fifth graders but that actually achieve something fifth graders can't. How do I explain this? Instead of having a kid wake up as a muppet in a world in which muppets are acknowledged to be the fantasy creation of Jim Henson, Scroggs sets hi ...more
Michelle H
Jan 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Not bad for the upper elementary/early middle school crowd. Fun for moms in a reminiscient way as I really enjoyed seeing my son reading this and talking Muppets (my heroes!) with him. Not groundbreaking or anything, but fun, particularly for reluctant or struggling readers who have outgrown picture books but still enjoy pictures with their stories.

This book will most likely appeal to fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, and Zombie Chasers series.
Max
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
GREAT!
Ms Threlkeld
An entertaining middle grade book with a zillion Muppet references that will appeal to fans of Wimpy Kid-type books. Not sure if most young readers will appreciate all of the Muppet jokes, but, as a mega fan, I certainly did.
Quinn Rollins
My fourth grade son loves the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney. And truthfully, so do I. The adventures of a middle schooler who's kid of a loser, told through simple text and cartoony illustrations is a good, fast read, and it gives enough insight into how much Greg Heffley's life really sucks to remind us all that being young isn't all it's cracked up to be. That series has inspired a lot of imitators that I've ignored, but finally there's one that spoke to me--Kirk Scroggs' Tales of ...more
Marsh&Emiline
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Tales of a Sixth-Grade Muppet
By Kirk Scroggs
Book Report by Emiline

Tales of a Sixth Grade Muppet was one of my favorites because I love the Muppets. Animal is my favorite Muppet because he is crazy good on the drums. Speaking of Animal, he wasn’t in Tales of a Sixth Grade Muppet that much. It really bummed me out. But the book really isn’t about me so I guess I have no room to talk because Danvers, th
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Growing up a Muppets fans, I adored this book and it's one my son enjoyed just as much as I did. Scroggs does a great job at staying true to the humor and misadventures that the Muppets are known for. I thought it was really creative in the way the story is told, which is through a kid name Danvers who wakes up one morning to find himself now a Muppet. Not only do readers get a behind the scenes glance of all that goes in the Muppet's world, but it was really cool to see how a huge fan of the Mu ...more
Rachel
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I found this in the new children's book section and just had to get it. Anyone who knows me, knows I am a huge Muppet fan. So anything new of theirs I try to get my hands on (even though I was kind of mad that the Jim Henson Company sold the Muppets to Disney, but I will admit that they have done really well with bringing them back). The book reminded me of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" and "Origami Yoda" with the large amount of illustrations along with a chapter book story, that made it almost seem l ...more
Catherine
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, the original Muppet Show
Published 2011.

This is a cute, quirky book in a style similar to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, but I would say for a slightly younger audience (probably grades 3-5).

The story's main character, Danvers Blickensderfer, idolizes The Great Gonzo (yes, the Muppet). Danvers spends his time trying to perform stunts reminiscent of those of Gonzo on the old Muppet Show. Danvers is not the most popular kid in school nor the most academic or athletic. He tends to have the same level of success with stunt
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Terry
Young Reader Reaction: We would periodically hear giggling from our daughter's bedroom. She loves Statler, Waldorf, and their corny jokes.

Adult Reader Reaction: The story is clever and fun for a while. The humor and wordplay is very much like watching a Muppet movie, but it seemed to get stale about halfway through. In our copy, there were pages with very faint images and text. Hopefully that is just a printer error, because otherwise it is really annoying and hard to read.

Pros: Clever wordplay,
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Laine (^x^)
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
SUPER DUPPER COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Thebruce1314
This is obviously not Pulitzer-prize-worthy writing, but he author did manage to capture the tone of the Muppet show to a T. I could hear the characters' voices as I was reading, the jokes were in keeping with Muppet cheesiness, so in that respect, Scroggs did a great job. In the downside, the storyline was kind of blah, and there was no ending (presumably because the publisher intended to release more books and was hoping for repeat business).
The book is a nice mix of text and comic-style illu
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Mark Baker
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, middle-grade
Danvers hates his life, especially since no one appreciates his attempts to create stunts that his idol, Gonzo, would love. But one morning Danvers wakes up as a Muppet. What is happening? And how will his life change? I found the book to be a very fast read, the large number of pictures certainly helped. Yet, I also found it quite funny. Any fan of the Muppets will enjoy it, down to the elementary school target audience.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Mandy
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Danver's hero is Muppet Gonzo the Great. He loves his fearless nature, uniqueness, and creative mind. Danvers wants more than anything to be like Gonzo, but never in his wildest imagination did he expect to turn into a Muppet!

What a hilarious read that will appeal to a variety of age ranges. The graphics and humor paired with the text remind me of Tom Angleberger’s Origami Yoda series. This is a great recommendation for those fans who wonder what to read next. It is a must for my school library!
Kellie
I really like the Muppets, so when I saw this book I decided I'd give it a read, figuring it would be quick and fun. The story moves at a quick pace and Danvers is a likeable character. There are appearances by every Muppet you can think of! The storyline is fun and although I won't be reading any more of the series, I could see how this series would keep younger kids entertained.
orangerful
I love the Muppets. I was hoping for a book as clever as 'Origami Yoda' but instead I got this really lame Muppet fan-fiction. It's like they gave Scroggs a list of what Muppets to fit in to the story and he just went with it. I was very disappointed. And they are clearly setting it up for a series, but I doubt the sequels will be worth reading either.
Erin
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Kirk Scroggs is awesome. I have been an avid Muppet fan for my entire life. I thought I was the only one who's favorite Muppet was Gonzo. I'm glad this book spreads the love for this adventurous, daring, and incredibly flabbergasting weirdo. This book is Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Muppet style. Highly recommended.
James
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Tales of a Sixth Grade Muppet is my favorite book. It is magical and it kept me at the edge of my seat. Danvers is so funny and he treats his hero, the Great Gonzo like he is his best friend. It was a super funny book and it would be a book that I would recommend to all kids from the ages 8-13. It isn't hard to read and it is also half a comic.
Matthew
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
My seven year-old daughter has been begging me to read this for some time, so I finally got around to reading it, and was surprised to find that it was actually a fun read. It only took me a day or two to finish it, and when I did, we had a blast talking about the funny stuff that happened throughout.
Angie
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile-fic
I probably would have enjoyed this book more if I'd never seen the latest Muppet movie.

Must think on whether or not to get this for school. Just cause I didn't care for it too much ... would the kiddos like it?
Jessica
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidlit, boy-s-books
A very fun book about a young boy who wakes up one morning as a Muppet! Hijinks ensue, naturally, and I loved the jokes about how his felt arms and legs are all floppy and he can take off his nose!
Debra
Apr 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile, fiction
Danvers Blickensderfer is a total Gonzo fan. He wants to be Gonzo. When he wakes up as a Muppet he knows he wants to train with Gonzo and gets the chance. Told in a Wimpy-Kid style with illustrations, the book was many of the familiar Muppet characters make cameo appearances. Overall a fun read.
Taylor Oden
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is really funny it is about a kid who's hero is Gonzo and tries to do all the stunts he does. Then one day he woke up as a MUPPET! His sister helped him get a internship with the muppets. Then he becomes really famous because &^*)^&%)$##^*.
Jenna Dela cruz
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Awesome. Kirk is amazingly talented and his books are fun. I hope he uses that RTF degree to make the book into a film. Yay kirk. Come back to Austin!!
Kellyanne Lynch
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a funny, great little read!
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