Basye, Dale E. Fibble: The Fourth Circle of Heck.
4Q*4P*M*J Basye, Dale E. Fibble: The Fourth Circle of Heck. Illus. by Bob Dob. Random House, 2011. 384p. $16.99. 978-0-375-85678-5. PLB $19.99. 978-0-375-95678-2.
What the Heck? Basye has created a fourth circle of Heck. This time Marlo and Milton Faust find themselves in Fibble, a three-ring circus run by P. T. Barnum and a place where children who lie go. While they are in Fibble the plot thickens, as Marlo and Milton have switched bodies with each other, gotten separated, and are trying to prevent the possible end of the world while avoiding Bea "Elsa" Bubb, the Principal of Darkness. Along the way they encounter none other than Mr. Nixon, Baron Munchausen, and Cerberus, just to name a few interesting characters. The kids do learn the importance of truth but unfortunately find themselves on their way to Snivel by the end of the story. Fortunately, however, for Basye fans this means another good read.
This is an excellent resource for the middle school teacher trying to teach students figurative language, allusions, puns, and voice. This book abounds with wonderful examples of each, as well as laugh-out-loud moments. A terrific read-aloud as well as a good literature circle book, it could also be used in history classes since it lends itself to interesting research of famous people, places, and events in history. This is a great book for both boys and girls, as well as teachers.--Lona Trulove.