Fizzopolis: The Trouble with Fuzzwonker Fizz

Patrick Carman, illus. by Brian Sheesley. HarperCollins/Tegen, $12.99 (160p) ISBN 978-0-06-239390-6
Ten-year-old Harold Fuzzwonker gets a crash course in the underground world of Fizzopolis, populated by furry/goopy creatures called Fizzies that were accidentally created by Harold’s father, an absentminded inventor responsible for a soda that “makes the longest burps in the history of ever.” This is the print debut for animator/director/producer Sheesley, and it’s a successful pairing: Carman’s story has the rapid pace and joke-dense writing of a Nickelodeon cartoon, which is precisely the vibe conjured by Sheesley’s frenzied b&w artwork. Burp jokes and slapstick abound as Harold brings an unpredictable Fizzy named Floyd to school, all building to a somewhat abrupt ending that suggests that corporate shenanigans await in the next book. Ages 8–12. Author’s agent: Susan Schulman, Susan Schulman Literary Agency. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 01/11/2016
Release date: 03/01/2016
Genre: Children's
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