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The Transmogrification of Roscoe Wizzle

by David Elliott

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Fantasy, Early Chapter Book
Review: A new favorite restaurant has come to town, and Roscoe Wizzle eats there every day for dinner. Shortly after, he is informed he is turning into a bug and must figure out why.
Critique: This is a good early chapter book because it has shorter, simpler sentences, but it introduces words children may not be familiar with and repeats them so they can learn what they look like and how to say them. ( )
  lbenfield15 | Feb 26, 2017 |
Well-developed characters, a creative plot, short chapters and lots of interesting "big" words. ( )
  Smoscoso | May 5, 2016 |
Roscoe Wizzle was a normal eleven year old kid, until his parents didn't want to cook dinner anymore. His mom, Wilma, really only cooks one meal, tuna surprise. His father, Waldo Wizzle, prefers soft foods, like instant mashed potatoes, considering he works testing cymbals, and their crashing ability. After the Gussy's opened, Roscoe ends up eating there for six months straight, but is not the only kid to do so. Turns out, something funky is going on, because three kids have disappeared since it opened, and Roscoe is turning into a bug! He is transmogrifying! With the help of his best friend, Kinchy, the two adventure to figure out what is going on in Roseville...and it is not pleasant. ( )
  candyceutter | Nov 13, 2015 |
This is a great example of a science fiction book. The story is based on human beings and the conflict is introduced very early in the story to keep the reader intrigued. It brings up the important question of Can we trust fast food places? and How often should we be eating at these establishments? because negative things happen to the boy in this story when he goes to a certain hamburger place too much. The point of view in this story is first person and it works well for this story because hearing Roscoe speak about it as he saw it makes the moments of conflict much more intense.

Level: Adolescent
  Leah08 | Oct 25, 2010 |
This novel is a good example of a science fiction because it is a fictional story where a boy turns into a bug from eating too much food from a local fast food that is filled with crushed bugs but it also incorporates science about bugs into the plot. The story’s plot starts out as a person vs. self conflict where the boy is trying to figure out why he turning into a bug until he finds out it is the fast food place and it becomes a person vs. person conflict to stop the man from letting bugs get into the food. The plot centers on bugs and finding out why Roscoe is turning into one and how to stop it from happening to others by catching the manager. Age appropriate: intermediate. Media: colored pencils. ( )
  sghods05 | Oct 15, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0763618802, Paperback)

Roscoe Wizzle notices many things. For instance, the way really weird situations can seem really normal. Or how "you never really know what you're going to think or when you're going to think it." Or the fact that there are "at least five different kinds of minutes"--from the Rubber Band to the Firecracker to the Sleeping Beauty. But the one thing that Roscoe somehow doesn't notice is that he is transmogrifying into a giant bug. (Roscoe quickly recounts the possible reasons for this oversight, beginning with "1. I don't spend much time looking into a mirror. Why should I? I am only ten years old.")

What's worse is that this transformation might have something to do with the way kids have been disappearing from all over Roseville, including Charlie Bog and Judy Pongarongatong. And, however unlikely it may seem, there could be some connection with Gussy's--the place that serves Jungle Drum burgers alongside Jungle fries and Quicksand shakes.

Will Roscoe and his "certified genius" pal Kinchy suss out what's up before it's too late and Roscoe's become a bug for good? Sit back and let Roscoe tell the tale, and--in between hearing about Roscoe's dad the cymbal tester and why an almost 74-year-old secretary became a jujitsu black belt--you'll surely find out. David Elliott, all wry wit, seems to have had quite a good time with his debut novel. (Ages 7 to 10) --Paul Hughes

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After eating constantly at the fast food restaurant known as Gussy's, ten-year-old Roscoe finds himself turning into a giant bug.

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