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A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears Book Review Summary

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Roger is a prince who makes anyone who comes into contact with him laugh uncontrollably. So, J. Wellington Wizard decides to send Roger on a quest. He gives him a bag of magic powder that turns Roger into a random animal or object each time he uses it; whenever Roger is transformed, he does not cause people to laugh (it is the only way they can come into close contact with him).

And so Roger goes on his quest, journeying through the Forever Forest, the Mountain of Malice, the Sea of Screams, and other fantastical locales, all the while using his magic powder. On the way, he befriends a hunter named Tom, but their friendship ends and Tom seeks revenge after Roger inadvertently leaves him behind in the Forever Forest.

Tom tries to get back at Roger the only way he can: By destroying Roger's quest. In the process, Tom ends up kidnapping the woman Roger has fallen in love with on his journey, Lady Sadie, and it is up to Roger to save her.
This report prepared by Sarah Bastin








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 70%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   humorous or laughable FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Parody    -   Yes Lifeform altered?    -   Yes Kind of alteration:    -   Magically turned into another being Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Kid's book (ages 7-14)

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age:    -   a teen

Setting

Terrain    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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