BY THE AUTHOR OF The Big Orange Splot, The Neddiad, and Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl Things Victor loves: pizza with anchovies, grape soda, B movies aired at midnight, the evening news. And with his parents off at a resort and his older sister shirking her babysitting duties, Victor has plenty of time to indulge himself and to try a few things heas been curious about. Exploring the nearby city of Hogboro, he runs into a curious character known as the Chicken Man (a reference to his companion, an intelligent hen named Claudia who lives under his hat). The Chicken Man speaks brilliant nonsense, but he seems to be hip to the lizard musicians (real lizards, not men in lizard suits) whoave begun appearing on Victoras television after the broadcast of the late-late movie. Are the lizards from outer space? From aother spacea? Together Victor and the Chicken Man, guided by the able Claudia, journey to the lizardsa floating island, a strange and fantastic place that operates with an inspired logic of its own.Theearth people can get nothing to eat but fruits andvegetables, lean meats and rye toastathe only things the fat men from space ... The lastscene isNewark, New Jersey, covered with popsicle sticksand empty cellophane wrappers from Devil Dogs. ... Iput on my bathing trunks under my clothes, picked up thebag with the lunch, twine, and so forth, picked upa forgery to mail, and went to the bus stop.
|Publisher||:||New York Review of Books - 2011-01-25|