Fourth and Ape, The Field Goal Kicker with the Secret Gorilla Leg

Fourth and Ape, The Field Goal Kicker with the Secret Gorilla Leg

by Jeff Weiss

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On a zoo sleepover, Ivan Zelinka gets mixed up with a couple of semi-mad scientists who inject his leg with top-secret gorilla serum. Soon the muscles on his right leg are bulging and his skin is covered with thick black hair. Most high school students would be horrified by such a transformation.

But did I tell you that he's the place kicker on his high school football team?

Horror gives way to delight as Ivan finds himself booting fifty-yard field goals and punting the ball into the stratosphere. The Bulldogs are winning for the first time in their history. Ivan's dating the adorable Kipper Swanson. And the fans love him. He's even got his own cheer, which fans chant when he lines up to kick: "Super Booter, Super Booter, ooh, aah!"

But on the flip side, he's worried about turning into a full-fledged gorilla. Goodbye, Super Booter. Hello, Gorilla Boy. And the scientist who's supposed to be working on a cure is a behemoth named Elko. When Elko's not threatening to crush someone into a ball or spray them with his personal blend of knockout gas, he's betting on football - including Ivan's high school games.

By the big game, Ivan must decide whether to fully transform himself into Super Booter or return to being plain old Ivan.

Super Booty is a great read for anyone who has fantasized about having superpowers or simply loves a funny story.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148944058
Publisher: All-You-Can-Eat-Publishing
Publication date: 11/11/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 210
File size: 425 KB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

I live in a 110 year-old house in San Francisco with my wife and two kids. If I go on the roof, set up a step ladder and climb to the top, I can see the Golden Gate Bridge. However, it probably a lot easier to ride my bike to the bridge. I try to bike as much as possible, especially through Golden Gate Park or near the ocean.

Ah, the smell of the sea!

Speaking of the sea, one day I was jogging barefoot on the beach. I was a little worried because the beach was littered with dinner-plate-sized jellyfish. I asked one of the surfers if the jellyfish stung. He said they stung, but only a little bit.

"In fact," he said, "I was sitting on my board, waiting for a wave with a bunch of guys and for the amusement of my buddies, I pulled one out of the water and put it on top my head like it was a lady's hat."

I no longer worry about stepping on jellyfish on that beach.

I got the idea for "Fourth and Ape, The Field Goal Kicker with the Secret Gorilla Leg" at the dinner table. I made up the story to tell my son. He wasn't eating his vegetables and I made up the story to distract him. My Uncle John - to whom this book is dedicated - used to make up stories to tell his nieces and nephews. They were mostly ghost stories.

In particular, I remember, "Gitchie Goomie, The Tree that Thirsts for the Taste of Human Blood" By the way, Gitchie Goomie is the Native American word for Lake Superior, but we didn't know that.

On Monday night, rain or shine, I run with the San Francisco Hash House Harriers, which makes a game out of running. It fools me every week! I forget the pain of running and look forward to doing it all over again. Especially since there are beer and snacks afterwards.

I should be going, after all, "Brevity is the very soul of wit." Polonius says that to Claudius in Hamlet. Of course, this is a joke because Polonius is an incredible windbag.

You can save this tidbit for the next cocktail party. Then bring up how much you liked "Super Booty, The Field Goal Kicker with the Secret Gorilla Leg." Enjoy yourself!

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Fourth and Ape, The Field Goal Kicker with the Secret Gorilla Leg 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully quirky, funny tale of a boy with a gorilla leg who rises from obscurity to high-school hero. Lot of laughs and plot shifts as he must decide whether the risks (of turning into a gorilla) are worth the rewards. You don't need to be a sports fan to enjoy the exploits of Ivan Zelinka, Elko and Ipoo. Kids and adults will enjoy because of the imaginative premise. Also, it's a great story to read aloud because it's filled with action and onomatopoeic words, just begging the reader to ham it up!
Darla_Ortiz More than 1 year ago
"Fourth and Ape” by Jeff Weiss is one awesome book that I will not soon forget! And even though I didn’t really know what the book was about when I started [other than the title - I didn’t read the description as I wanted to be surprised], as the story began to unfold and become clear where it was going, I was having a great time reading it. In a way it reminded me a bit of “Teen Wolf” but it definitely has its own special angle. It was also intelligently written and kept me engaged. The story flowed well, and Weiss writes very authentically, like how teenagers act and talk—you really can’t fake that ‘voice’, either you have it or you don’t. Does a great job of making us feel like we are really a part of the story, and I can’t wait to read more from Mr. Weiss in the future.
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
this book by Jeff Weiss was crazy good! I feel like at first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it, because it takes a while to for the action to really get going, as there seemed to be a bit of ‘set-up’ before the story *really* starts (things are too normal for too long, in my opinion). But once the change happened, I really got lost in this exciting, unique story that Jeff Weiss created. Even though there are some familiar tropes here, he brings a fresh voice and really makes the story all his own. Although I do think that it could have used some trimming down at times to make the plot tighter and more focused. There were times where I thought it could use much higher stakes, even though there are some crazy situations, there was a lack of overall tension driving it that made it feel just a bit too ‘safe’. But in a way I almost liked that more as I’ve grown a bit weary of the heavy, intense, dark themes permeating YA lately. This book was a lot of fun, and pretty funny too. Actually has a good moral/theme about being yourself ,which is an important lesson for young teens. Recommend for ages 12 and up.
MaxG456 More than 1 year ago
wow, I definitely liked “Fourth and Ape, The Field Goal Kicker with the Secret Gorilla Leg”, and can honestly say I’ve never read anything like it before. I thought it was well-written (a few minor punctuation things here and there, but nothing too major) and kept my attention from beginning to end – no easy feat usually! It wasn’t cliché or predictable, and I thought for the most part the pacing and prose was solid. (A bit of a slow start, but then it picks up…) I liked the football scenes, and Ivan and his friends were a lot of fun. Dr. Carlson makes the perfect ‘villain’ (so to speak), and although at times it probably could have used some more tension, the light, fun tone of the book is what gives it its unique flavor. Probably best suited for the 12 and over crowd, and although it’s technically a YA (young-adult) book, I can see older adults enjoying this as well.
BenjisMom More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I was really impressed with this book, “Fourth and Ape…” by Jeff Weiss. It had a really creative and original plot, and overall the writing is very good even though it seemed a bit lengthy for a Middle-Grade (the main characters are in high school, but it reads ‘younger’ to me), with fun characters and interesting storylines that will definitely appeal to teens. The descriptions were vivid, and the conversations felt authentic – how teens would really talk. I was surprised by a few things that happened, and felt invested in Ivan’s outcome. However, I felt like could have been pared down some, as there were scenes and conversations that didn’t feel necessary for advancing the plot… more like just unnecessary filler. And it did seem to take a while for the ‘action’ to really get going… it’s almost15% in before he gets his gorilla shot. But once it did it was a adventure that was a ton of fun. Enjoyed the football, and actually feel like I learned a bit about primates too! Overall I really did enjoy this book and would read more from Jeff Weiss in the future.