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Fat Camp Commandos Go West
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0439297737, Paperback)Thoroughly disgusted to find that, once again, they've been tricked by their parents into attending a fat camp (thinly disguised as Deepdip Cha-cha's Fun Ashram for Kids), Ralph and Sylvia Nebula hightail it out west to join their friend Mavis Goldfarb at her camp. But even here, at Rough-Ridin' Rudy's Rootin'-Tootin' Rancho, things are not as they should be. The aging, softening resident cowboys believe that the "dang-blasted, dad-gum healthies" who are converting the local dude ranches to health ashrams are driving away the customers who want the authentic Wild West experience. It's going to take some quick (and bizarre) thinking on Mavis's part to bring the two factions together again.
Bitingly clever, with jabs galore at cultural icons and social clichés, Daniel Pinkwater's sequel to Fat Camp Commandos is not quite as dazzling as the first--mostly due to the necessary recap of the earlier book's plot. Still, accompanied by Andy Rash's goofy drawings, Pinkwater's short chapter book is a big, happy step outside the norm. (Ages 8 to 13) --Emilie Coulter
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After Ralph and Sylvia Nebula flee a fat camp ashram to join their friend Mavis at a dude ranch, they help her unite the Western town's factions by preparing for the arrival of an unidentified flying object.
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