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Anna L. (annalovesbooks) reviewed The Revenge of the Incredible Dr. Rancid and His Youthful Assistant, Jeffrey on
ISBN 0590337467 - A warning for parents who find themselves bothered by "bad" language in books their kids read - Dewey Belasco gets called a name. That name happens to be "Doody Bigasso". If it's going to bother you, pass this up.
If you're willing to accept that little issue, though, it's a good book. Jeffrey and Dr. Rancid are going to rid the world of Dewey and Lana. Unfortunately, that's happening in the make believe world that Jeffrey writes about in his notebook. In the real world, Jeffrey's mother is more "macho" than anyone else in the family, Jeff's only friend is a little kid and Dewey is a bully who is bound and determined to make Jeff's life miserable. He calls him names and taunts him, and Jeff has little to no self-esteem to help himself out with, until one day when he just decided he's had enough.
Bullies are a fact of life for some kids, and dealing with them is a challenge. Jeff might not choose the right way for every kid, but it works out for him - and that, really, is all that matters. It's a story, not a how-to. And it's a chance to see the underdog beat the bully, something we all like to see now and then.