Fizzopolis: The Trouble with Fuzzwonker Fizz

Fizzopolis: The Trouble with Fuzzwonker Fizz
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March 01, 2016
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Welcome to Fizzopolis! Home to the world’s greatest soda pop, Fuzzwonker Fizz, and the Fizzies—fuzzy, fizzy creatures that live only in Fizzopolis. Join Harold and Floyd in this wacky new illustrated series from bestselling author Patrick Carman and Emmy Award–winning illustrator Brian Sheesley. Harold Fuzzwonker is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary fizzy friend, Floyd. But Floyd’s a secret—like a top super-secret. Harold must protect him, as well as the family recipe for Fuzzwonker Fizz, from the evil Snood Candy Factory. But it’s hard to guard a secret when he’s your best good buddy and he always escapes from your backpack! Harold chronicles his epic adventures—with a little artistic help from Floyd—that are sure to have Fuzzwonker Fizz squirting out your nose!

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Fuzzwonker Fizz hits the spot!
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Harold was adopted by Dr. Fuzzwonker, an inventor who has come up with a popular soda that is conducive to extremely large burps, and which has proven to be so popular that the competing Snood Candy Company is trying to steal the secret of it. Dr. Fuzzwonker decides that it is time for Harold to go to work for his company, so takes him underneath the house to his secret factory, where Harold discovers that the production of soda also produces small creatures called Fizzies, who populate Fizzopolis. One of the creatures, Floyd, takes a liking to Harold, and in order to keep the Fizzy out of trouble, Harold takes him to school. This doesn't work very well, as Floyd is an active and rambunctious creature, so Harold has a lot of intervention that must be done to avoid detection. This is especially important, since a Snood is in his class and would love to know about the Fizzies. It's a bit touch and go, with lots of wacky adventures for the friends while they are evading the Snood boy, but everything works out in the end.
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There's the requisite villainous Snoods, fun inventions, and lots of goofy language. Floyd's trip to school is pure slapstick, with Floyd being mistaken for a bear by a sleepwalking classmate, and an earthshaking burp inspired by Fizzwonker Fizz. Through it all, Harold is up for any wacky adventure that comes his way.

There are enough Cartoon Network style illustrations to classify this as a Notebook Novel, so fans of Captain Underpants, Scieszka's Frank Einstein, Pastis' Timmy Failure and Richards' The Junkyard Bot series will revel in this tale of secret worlds, quirky inventions, and lovable, fuzzy companions.
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