Mystery of Eatum Hall

Mystery of Eatum Hall

Book - 2004
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A gluttonous pig and goose inadvertently foil their sinister host in an original little comedy full of visual jokes, rendered in an eye-catching film noir style. Glenda and Horace Pork-Fowler are a goose and a hog of large proportions, with appetites to match. So naturally, when they receive an invitation for a weekend of free gourmet food at Eatum Hall, Dr. Hunter's new inn, they don't hesitate to pack their bags. It's a bit curious that there's no one to greet them at the gloomy inn, and their absent owner does have an odd fondness for artwork depicting wolves. Still, the unfailingly cheerful couple are more than content to eat their way from feast to feast, disappointed only to learn that they'll miss the pie-eating festival on the day they leave. Or will they? With graphic artwork that pops off the page, this tongue-in-cheek tale will delight readers of all ages, from fans of Wallace and Gromit and Berkeley Breathed to children who will love discovering the illustrator's many sight gags -- and being in on the joke.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Candlewick, 2004
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780763625948
0763625949
Branch Call Number: EASY FIC Kel
Characteristics: np : illus

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cmlibrary_rkimray Feb 15, 2016

I love a picture book where the illustrations tell just as much (or more) of the story as the text. And this one is funny to boot! Since it is intended for older readers, this one gets lost on our chapter book shelves, but I would argue that anyone who appreciates wordplay and a bit of dark humor will enjoy it.
Great for multiple readings!

forbesrachel Sep 22, 2012

This is not for young children, as for the rest, they will really enjoy this. It is a dark tale, but very amusing in that the "food" is so naive, and misses all the clues as to why they were invited.

OranguTang Oct 16, 2009

A very cute book... maybe not the best for reading out loud because the words don't matter as much as the pictures. A great book for kids to understand that illustrations can be just as important as words in picture books

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KarenW
Jul 05, 2007

A pig and a goose, who are married of course, are invited to come to Eatum Hall to sample free gourmet food made by the mysterious Dr. Hunter. And while they gobble up the goodies morning, noon, and night, Dr. Hunter does not appear. Unless you are looking very hard at the pictures! Then you realize his true intent, and while the chase may be on, the Pork-Fowlers are oblivious to it all. The surprise ending about Dr. Hunter''s fate, or is it fete, will have you snorting with laughter.

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cmlibrary_rkimray Feb 15, 2016

cmlibrary_rkimray thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 8

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cmlibrary_rkimray Feb 15, 2016

I am delighted to offer you the chance to play a part in the finest dining experience in culinary history, and I will meat you personally in the bandstand on Sunday morning for a final, mouthwatering surprise.

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