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The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter (Hardcover)
"Rex Dexter can talk to dead animals. Yep, just the dead ones. All he’s ever wanted was a real LIVE pet dog to play with, but his patented combo of bitter sarcasm and parental guilt only ever resulted in a pet chicken (NOT fun!). But he's cursed by a creepy old arcade game, it’s all DEAD pets all the time from there on out in this off-the-wall mystery filled with ridiculously macabre jokes and lots and lots and lots of laughs."
New York Times best-selling author Aaron Reynolds delivers an "entertainingly spooky romp" (Publishers Weekly, starred review) about Rex Dexter, who is itching to have a dog . . . but ends up with a pet chicken. One hour and fourteen minutes later, the chicken is dead (by a steamroller), Rex is cursed (by the Grim Reaper), and wild animals are haunting Rex's room (hounding him for answers). Even his best friend Darvish is not going to believe this, and that kid believes everything.
Rex's uninvited ghostly guests are a chatty, messy bunch. And they need Rex to solve their mysterious deadly departures from the Middling Falls Zoo before it happens again. But how?
About the Author
Aaron Reynolds is a New York Times best-selling author and has written many highly acclaimed books for kids, including DUDE!, Creepy Pair of Underwear, Caveboy Dave, and the Caldecott Honor-winning Creepy Carrots. Aaron lives in Chicago with his wife, two kids, four cats, and anywhere between zero and ten goldfish, depending on the day.
Praise for The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter: * "In this entertainingly spooky romp, Reynolds tempers his morbid premise with the absurdity of Rex's situation, the ghostly entourage's distinct personalities, and a hilarious, simultaneously formal and sarcastic, narrative voice."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"The mystery has a twist ending that will surprise and satisfy readers who thought they knew what was coming....Purchase where funny books are popular-that's everywhere, right?"—School Library Journal
"Picture-book author Reynolds brings his knack for off-kilter comedy to his first novel in a gleefully entertaining fashion. "—Booklist
"Reynolds' new series debut is nonstop comedy."—Kirkus
"Reynolds is bound to attract fans drawn to overconfident Rex and whatever challenge the Grim Reaper cares to deal him."—BCCB