Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Curse of the Campfire Weenies: And Other Warped and Creepy Tales-David Lubar

The Curse of the Campfire Weenies: And Other Warped and Creepy Tales
David Lubar
Starscape, Sep 2007, $15.95
ISBN: 9780765318077

As with the two previous “Weenie …” Tales (see LAND OF THE LAWN WEENIES and INVASION OF THE ROAD WEENIES), this collection consists of thirty-five extremely short stories (average size is approximately five pages) that target children as the prime audience. The tales are fun to read and usually contain a subtle morality message or a question to ponder that is interwoven into the story. For instance in “Mr. HooHaa”, Mr. Lubar asks a key metaphysical question of are clowns more frightening without the make-up or a profound look into the universally accepted tenet that “You Are What You Eat”. In “The Tunnel of Terror”, Rachel learns the hard way that avoidance or even closing your eyes does not make the issue vanish (sounds like Rachel will grow up to be a politician). So like Ben get yourself a drink at “The Soda Fountain” and enjoy reading the warped and creepy tales of an expert as Mr. Lubar’s latest shows how the grass is not necessarily greener when you escape from “The Curse of the Campfire Weenies” to end up with the Girl Scouts singing campfire weenies.

Harriet Klausner

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