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The Mortification of Fovea Munson — 7 Comments

  1. The Mortification of Fovea Munson was a true disappointment. I was only able to get through chapter 3. I just couldn’t read it anymore. I always tell my kids, if you don’t like it, why struggle through to read it? So I followed my own rule. I don’t usually give up on books like that but I could not get into this book or even try to finish it. It was way to out there, creepy, weird, and just plain gross. I will not be purchasing this book for my library nor will I recommend this book to anyone.

  2. I wasn’t sure what to think about this one – I may still not be sure….It was definitely a “weird” and somewhat creepy story! Lots of things didn’t seem to “fit” together – sneaking out at night in Chicago? The crazy cremator? The missing 4th head? There will be kids that this appeals to though. 4/5 stars.

  3. This book was too odd for me to truly enjoy. I did not think the characters were developed enough, and I just can’t get over the plot! What in this book is a kid supposed to relate to? Downtown Chicago and sneaking out, just don’t seem to go together at all! Death? Even after the guys died and were donated, they were still alive? Just too over the top for me. And the yuck factor…I don’t get squeamish, but ewwwww! The only part that I liked was that it supported the work and sacrifices of donating to science. 2 stars.

  4. I really enjoyed this book – it explored middle school issues (friends, finding yourself, living up to expectations, relationship with parents) in a unique way. I thought the main character was very likeable and relatable. I also enjoyed the characters of Howe and Grandma Van. I thought it was a good mix of humor, adventure, and lessons. I would probably get this for my classroom, however, I think that the talking heads could be a bit much for some students.

  5. Not even sure what to say about this book. I did not care for it. While students could probably relate to Fovea in a few ways (cheesy parent jokes, friend issues, etc.), the plot was so incredibly outlandish and so gruesome, that I felt it really reached. Only 1 star from me…

  6. In fourth grade I had to read “How to Eat Fried Worms” for Battle of the Books. Although I’m sure the book has some good literary qualities, what sticks with me most about this book is barely being able to read it because I couldn’t get past the yuck factor. “The Mortification of Fovea Munson” often reminded me of my experience with “How to Eat Fried Worms”, although not on the same level. (I guess my yuck quotient has improved as I’ve aged.) I should say too that I’m not a very squeamish person; I’ve toured a cadaver lab, funeral home, and crematorium myself.

    As an adult reading this book, I found this book quite funny. It got especially funny to me when Fovea and Howe teamed up and prepared for their late-night escape dressed as a kidney and with vegetable necklaces. However, I couldn’t help thinking about some kid being just like I was in fourth grade. I mean, decapitated frozen heads thawing on stainless steel tables with a bucket to collect the juices? Or delivery trucks filled to capacity with human legs?

    I can see readers who love the yuck and disgusting stuff really enjoying this book. The same is true of readers who are into fiction that’s mostly real (i.e. pre-teen middle school experience of feeling alone) but also has some very far-fetched elements (i.e. talking heads). I would be careful in who I recommend this book to though as the fascination with death and dying might be a bit much for the child or their parents.

    Overall score: 3/5

  7. The Mortification of Fovea Munson was not at all what I expected! I thought I would be reading a goofy, light-hearted fantasy/horror mashup. It was goofy (extremely imaginative, actually) and humorous, but the book covered some deep topics without seeming to. Fovea works through a lot of issues in a short time and learns some awesome life lessons. Self-acceptance, facing death, embracing life – it’s all here. The illustrations were a pleasant addition and helped in the visualization of the action. Good stuff. I would recommend this book to fourth grade through middle school aged students. Definitely a good book to read for pleasure and would probably make a fun read aloud book as well. 5 stars.