________________ CM . . . . Volume XIV Number 19 . . . . May 16, 2008


Bubba Begonia and the Mudmen of the Koola Boola.

Gerry O'Brien. Illustrated by Brenda Jones.           
Charlottetown, PE: Acorn Press, 2007.
86 pp., pbk., $7.95.
ISBN 978-1-894838-29-0.

Subject Headings:
Practical jokes-Juvenile fiction.
Revenge-Juvenile fiction.

Grades 3-6 / Ages 8-10.

Review by Lisa O'Hara.

**** /4

Bubba Begonia is back and will delight children (and adults) in Bubba Begonia and the Mudmen of the Koola Boola as much as he did in his first appearance. The crazy cast of characters is also back, along with some very stinky animals, much mud, lots of action and anything else children could want in a story. This time around, although Bubba has been told by his mother that he is a responsible and intelligent young man, he and his friends, Rad Chad Disco (the Elvis impersonator) and Harold Haymow, dub themselves the Stinkateers and leave the gift of a stinkbomb for classmates Moonbaby and Margo. The girls are fooled until they are blasted out of the house by the smell and vow to get their revenge against the Stinkateers - and they certainly get it!  Not only do they spray the boys with perfume and chase them to the river, once the boys are in the river, the girls steal their clothes and leave them naked in the forest to fend for themselves.

     Harold has the brilliant idea to cover their bodies in clay and sneak into town to look for their clothes. Instead, they end up tying rhubarb leaves around their waists and taking to the road in Margo's pink Barbie Hummer pulled by her gassy Rottweiler to find Camp What-A-Girl where they think they will find Margo and Moonbaby. Their route to the Camp What-A-Girl is blocked by a dog-show parade, but the boys barrel through, throwing dog biscuits as they go. To disguise themselves from the spectators, they proclaim themselves to be the Mudmen of Koola Boola, complete with their own language:

Bubba and Rad Chad put on their wildest Mudmen faces and screeched:

"Hunkahunka Burnaluva!"

"Kookoomunga, yoobekookoo!"

The dogs chased the Hummer.

The kiddies chased the dogs.

The moms and dads and grannies and grampas chased the kiddies.

"We be Mudmen udda Koola Boola! Yaw! Yaw! Mooboooooo!" hollered Harold.

Down the street they all raced with Hippo in the lead.


"Atta boy Hippo! Give 'em the gas!"

"RORF! RORF! RORF!" said Hippo.

"Mommy! Daddy! Help!" the kiddies cried. "That doggy's got the boomers! He's got the boomers!"

     The police eventually show up, but Bubba comes up with a way to escape, and they make their way to Camp What-A-Girl and come up with another scheme to find their clothes in time to avoid both the police and the local media. This action-packed story is hilarious, and Bubba Begonia does turn up at home finally dressed again as a responsible and intelligent young man, despite his time spent with the Mudmen of Koola Booka and his brush with the law.

Highly Recommended.

Lisa O'Hara is a librarian and mother of three school-aged children in Winnipeg, MB.

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