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Professor Winsnicker's Book of Proper Etiquette for Well-mannered Sycophants by As Kept by Clover Ernest, Recovered by Obert Skye
Review by Paul Haggerty
Shadow Mountain Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781590387160
Date: April 2007 List Price $12.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

The land of Foo is located just around the corner from reality. It's a land of nits, cogs, palehi, and the color plud. Most important of all are the Sycophants, small sprite-like beings who comfort and care for their burns, people that sometimes slip through the curtains between Foo and reality. Caring for a burn is a very important job, and young sycophants need good solid training to prepare for it. Thus bringing us to Professor Winsnicker's Book of Proper Etiquette for Well-Mannered Sycophants. Part textbook and part diary, this book belonged to Clover Ernest, a young Sycophant going through that awkward adolescent phase we all wish we could forget.

From official release/information:

From publicity material: Readers of the popular Leven Thumps series, wanting the inside scoop on Leven't cute and furry sidekick, can now read Clover's insights and reactions to Sycophant training in Professor Winsnicker's Book of Proper Etiquette for Well-Mannered Sycophants. Clover's challenges relate to our own as readers learn about:

    Groming and robe maintenance
    Staying invisible and out of the way
    Metal and shiny object: What not to touch
    Keeping secrets and falling in love
Though at times pompous and conceited, Professor Winsnicker offers never-before-revealed secrets about the land of Foo, the place that nurtures hope, imagination, and dreams. Responding to his teacher's counsel, Clover's thoughful and humorous prose will have readers laughing out loud as they learn interesting factoids such as why Leven has a siler streak in his dark hair.

Fate was kind to drop this journal into Obert Skye's lap, the author of the successful Leven Thump series. This interactive book includes hidden clues about Foo and future books, features animated characters by flipping the pages, as well as dozens of illustrations and doodles from Clover himself.

(Source: Shadow Mountain)

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