A WEIRD CASE OF SUPER-GOO

Paperback | June 1, 2010

byKenneth Oppel

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When Giles’s eccentric Aunt Lillian wants to look younger, she invents a gooey cream to make her wish come true. The only problem is that it turns her into a kid!

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When Giles’s eccentric Aunt Lillian wants to look younger, she invents a gooey cream to make her wish come true. The only problem is that it turns her into a kid!

KENNETH OPPEL is the Governor General’s Award–winning author of the Airborn series and the Silverwing Saga, which has sold over a million copies worldwide. His most recent novels areHalf Brother, winner of both the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award and the Young Adult Book Award;This Dark Endeavour, final...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1 inPublished:June 1, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:155468532X

ISBN - 13:9781554685325

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Would you like to be 11 years old again? When Tina tests one of her new inventions on Giles and his hair turns orange he's finally had it with the geniuses and quits the team. When he gets home he finds out his Aunt Lillian is on her way for a visit. Aunt Lillian is Mom's younger sister and drives mom crazy with her lackadaisical lifestyle, especially since Mom had to look after her all the time when they were young and Lillian was always in trouble. But Giles likes Lillian as something fun is always in the works when she's around and this time she's working on an anti-wrinkle cream. Giles helps her mix up the batch from an old recipe and when Lillian puts on the goo her wrinkles do go away but she also keeps changing until she's turned back into an 11 year old. Lillian loves it but when Giles' mum and dad have had enough of the smoking, vodka drinking, slob of an 11 year-old Lillian who refuses to give up her new found youth, they decide to treat her as an 11-year-old and take away the vices, impose a bedtime and send her to school. This one was lot of fun! Of course, Giles ends up needing to call in Tina and Kevin to help him solve the problem and the solution is a great ending. I'm only disappointed that Lillian was described as a practitioner of the occult at the beginning (tarot, seances, etc.) especially as it is not an element of the story. Lillian could have been a hippie or the like with the same results. Otherwise, the plot is one of the best in the series and Oppel keeps the series fresh by switching things around each time and here we have Giles and his Aunt featured as the main characters.
Date published: 2010-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book in a great series Barnes' kooky Aunt Lillian comes for a visit. Barnes' mom does not get along well with her younger sister. Lillian is working on a cream to reduce wrinkles, and it appears to work a little too well, for soon she looks 11 not 36. The Barnes decide to have an intervention after a week with a young Lillian. If Lillian wants to look 11, she will have to act 11 - go to school, have a bed time, a limit on TV time. Soon she realizes she does not want to be a child again. Barnes turns to the Quarks to find a way to reverse the process. These books originally published by Scholastic Canada between 1994 and 2004 have been re-released by Harper Collins Canada. Kenneth Oppel has created a fun series that will be enjoyed by young readers and the young at heart. Barnes & The Brains Books A Bad Case of Ghosts A Strange Case of Magic A Crazy Case of Robots An incredible Case of Dinosaurs A Weird Case of Super-Goo A Creepy Case of Vampires
Date published: 2010-07-05

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