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The Mortification of Fovea Munson

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  377 ratings  ·  124 reviews
Fovea Munson is nobody's Igor. True, her parents own a cadaver lab where they perform surgeries on dead bodies. And yes, that makes her gross by association, at least according to everyone in seventh grade. And sure, Fovea's stuck working at the lab now that her summer camp plans have fallen through. But she is by no means Dr. Frankenstein's snuffling assistant!

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336 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion
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Jenn Bishop Absolutely! I read the first 1/3 aloud to my nephew this summer (he's going into fifth grade) and he loved it. Kept begging me to read the next chapte…moreAbsolutely! I read the first 1/3 aloud to my nephew this summer (he's going into fifth grade) and he loved it. Kept begging me to read the next chapter. The vocabulary will include some unfamiliar words, but in a good way. (My nephew occasionally asked for some definitions.) His vocabulary was enriched by the story, and my afternoons were enriched by the reading. There's much to enjoy for all ages in this delightful story.(less)

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Lauren Stoolfire
The Mortification of Fovea Munson by Mary Winn Heider was a fun and very unique middle grade novel. The sense of humor was exactly my style. As a fan of classic monster movies this was a breath of fresh air. I need to read more by this author in the future.
Pop Bop
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Weird, and Funny, and Weirdly Funny - A Middle Grade Screwball Comedy

It took me a little while to come around on this book, but once I did I was totally sold.

The setup is that Fovea's parents are doctors who run a cadaver lab and teach dissection skills and anatomy to other doctors. So, it's a lab full of random body parts. The parents are totally into their jobs and make random body part jokes and puns and whatnot. They want rising eighth grader Fovea to join the business for the summer as thei
Meredith Spidel
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Crazy original plotline for early young adult readers! If you can wrap your head around the talking heads, you are in for a treat! Share this latest creative tale with your kiddos and get their imaginations flowing. Thanks for sending and ARC our way for review, Disney!
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

This was such a fun book! There have been a lot of really great middle grade books coming out this year and I would definitely add this one to the list. Foeva is a great protagonist and she definitely meets a lot of other colorful characters on her journey that made this book great. There are definitely some parts of this book where I had to work a bit harder than usual to suspend my disbelief, but at the end of the day it was funny enough to be
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books
A BIG Thank You to NetGalley for providing me an advanced copy of “The Mortification of Fovea Munson” by Mary Winn Heider in exchange for my honest review.

This book was HI-LA-RI-OUS!! I LOVED reading it! There are very few books out there which make me laugh out loud throughout, and this was one of them.

I honestly cannot find anything to complain about this book. The story is unique and unlike anything I have read before. Even though the plot contains some pretty morbid matter like cadavers, ap
This book was SO CUTE! I loved the premise and the puns. The morals were really good, too. Highly recommend.
I LOVE THIS BOOK. It's hilarious. I stayed up far too late reading it, just because I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended, though perhaps not for the slightly squeamish of stomach. ...more
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: just-finished
LOVED this. Hilariously goofy. The kind of nutty ingenuity and writing skill that leaves me happily jealous. A marvelous middle grade with a strong voice (well, five, you might say), mixing entirely recognizable issues of friendship, fitting in, and dealing with parents into a sort of jumbled-body-parts-jambalaya of ludicrous insanity. Wacky characters you'll never forget. So much fun, and so punnable: I laughed my head off. It melted my heart. Etc. Buy it for yourself, for the middle graders yo ...more
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: weird kids or just kid kids
It lived up to the hype. All of the reviews that say it is hilarious and heartwarming are correct.

Absurdist humor with a heart of gold and some severed heads. A+.

I would recommend for that one weird kid in your life. Or any kid really.
da_dan471 (Daniel)
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-g, contemp
This might be the most adorable middle grade book that I've ever read?

Omigosh, this book is a triple threat: funny, heartwarming, and a tiny bit morbid? And it WORKS. Every part of combines together to create something so wonderfully great. This book is teetering on my favorites shelf and totally might be landsliding in, and I just need y'all to read it.

The premise of the story is a little bit kooky, a lot quirky, totally morbid, and really interesting. Fovea Munson is stuck with working at her
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
A solid 3.5. Fovea is funny, the situation is bizarre but the flow of the story is such that you flow with it just like she does, and her friends/family are great dimensions to the story. Fovea doesn't want to be known as the "Igor" to her family's morgue business. Alas; with her parent's assistant suddenly gone, she's been "drafted" to be their new receptionist for the summer. When Fovea hears singing one day while her parents are out; singing coming from a few body-less heads; things take a tu ...more
Laura Sibson
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mary Winn Heider's debut novel is funny, absurd and full of heart, but those words don't do this book justice at all. This story is original and surprising. Heider takes a familiar set-up of the kid who is embarrassed by her parents and pushes that concept to its edges. There's nothing at all wrong with Fovea -- except that her parents own a cadaver lab. So she is contaminated by association. Heider's unique sense of humor and worldview mark each page, filling me with delight and forcing me to l ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This one started out strong, and Fovea's voice is clear and hilarious. However, as it progressed it became very obvious that the author sacrificed plot for quirk. The concept is really intriguing, but there are tons of extraneous elements (Whitney, for example) and a completely underdeveloped mystery. This was a cool premise with no substance behind the execution. ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-grade
Zany premise - three talking heads in a cadaver lab blackmail 12 year old Fovea into completing a final favor for them - and it did not succeed for me. It started out interestingly enough but I didn't believe the motivations or the increasingly out-there chain of events. ...more
Michelle (FabBookReviews)

4.5 stars

Get ready for some tremendously funny and seriously off the wall adventures with Mary Winn Heider's debut middle grade novel, The Mortification of Fovea Munson.

Told in the first-person narrative of seventh-grader Fovea Hippocrates Munson, Mary Winn Heider's novel follows Fovea as she embarks on one the of the oddest, funniest (and possibly yuckiest) summers even known. Fovea's parents are both doctors, but doctors that prefer to work with and on human cadavers- her parents even have the
Sharon Tyler
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Mortification of Fovea Munson by Mary Winn Heider is a middle grade novel. Fovea Munson is nobody's Igor. True, her parents own a cadaver lab where they perform surgeries on dead bodies. And yes, that makes her gross by association, at least according to everyone in seventh grade. And sure, Fovea's stuck working at the lab now that her summer camp plans have fallen through. But she is by no means Dr. Frankenstein's snuffling assistant! That is, until three disembodied heads, left to thaw in ...more
If you’re ready for some silliness, this children’s book is for you. If you can handle talking heads and I am not talking about the band, this kids book is for you. If you like a feisty, entertaining grandma, who loves to have a good time, start reading this book, as grandma will show you how she’s leading her life and she will not let you down.

You start to feel sorry for Fovea as her parents work on cadavers and she’s embarrassed at what they do. Her best friend has ditched her and when summer
Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
A unique and fun middle grade book, best for grades 4-7. I thought the writing was great - funny (actually lol/did I just chuckle? funny) and smart. It felt very authentic to the age group.
I loved the atmosphere of the cadaver lab and how the MC deals with her anxiety and being bullied. The book just wasn’t very exciting to me - it had a slower start and the action didn’t begin until around page 100. I think that at over 320 pages some could have been cut out. The adventure just dragged, but the
Logan Brown
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it

I was REALLY excited about this book, but then got really worried because it took a while for it to click with me. Once the story picks up, it gets really entertaining. Between the heads and Fovea's grandma, there's plenty of comedy! The story has some very touching moments toward the end.
Tiffani Berthold
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I always review middle grade books according to my 11 year old self, who would have adored this book. It's silly but adventurous. I'll do a more in-depth review on my website! ...more
Amusing, but utterly silly in a way that made me feel real old.
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
Such a fun read! The original plot and relatable characters were a breath of fresh air.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious and sweet!
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The premise of this book might sound morbid...a cadaver lab, and talking severed heads...but it is actually very laugh-out-loud funny. I liked the realistic characters and relationships, and that things don't work out happily-ever-after. And even though the comic element is high, there are some good thoughtful moments as well. Very fun. ...more
Mae Tyler
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
pretty cute for a middle grade book
Heather Layne
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-books
This had one of the weirdest plots I've ever read, and I've read a lot of weird-plotted books! Completely ridiculous and fabulous! You should totally read it. Thank you, Mary Winn Heider, for writing this craziness. ...more
This was one of the weirdest books I have ever read. I mean that in the best way possible. I should have known what I was getting into when I picked up a book about a girl with parents who are morticians and there are talking heads. But this was ... even weirder.

Here's what I liked about this book: the commentary on death was fascinating. It also had a great and informative on grief. The book translated those large emotions and ideals into something that middle graders could understand. I though
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The Mortification of Fovea Munson by Mary Winn Heider, 328 pages, Hyperion, 2018, $17.

Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence G



Fovea Hippocrates Munson is an only child named after eyeballs and the father of modern medicine. Her parents own a cadaver lab and her schoolmates call her Igor. She has just finished seventh grade and her parents, who have a warped sense of dead body humor, have enlisted her to help out at the lab for t
Jessica F
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, funny
"Everybody's always talking about the bowling ball, but what about the pin, you know? The thing about a pin is, it always gets back up."

A silly, funny exploration about being yourself and making every moment count! Fovea Munson's not having a good summer. You could say she's not having a good life - not since her former best friend Em spilled the beans about her parents' cadaver lab and made her the school freak. Her summer takes a strange twist when she meets three defrosting talking heads and
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