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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (415 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Allen Kurzweil Narrator: Mark Linn-Baker Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN:
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Leon and the Spitting Image is about a hotel full of animals. It's about an evil ice maker. It's about glass eyeballs and human catapults. It's about really old panty hose and Possibly Fake Hair.

But mostly it's about Leon Zeisel and his epic quest to survive fourth grade. What's stopping him? Two things. First, there's Miss Hagmeyer. She's a supernaturally strict teacher with ears that resemble giant rotting mushrooms. And then there is Leon's archenemy, Lumpkin the Pumpkin, a human tank with a deadly dodgeball throw known to all as the sidewinder.

Luckily, Leon has two friends, Lily-Matisse and P.W., who will stand by him no matter what, even if his magical, mysterious plans for rescue and revenge involve...SPIT!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bay | 2/19/2014

    " Wacky teacher who sews! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merritt | 2/18/2014

    " Hilarious! Very third grade. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey Foo | 2/12/2014

    " Funny, but a bit confusing near the end. Recommended for people who can deal with confusion in plots (not me!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josie | 2/10/2014

    " This book is funny :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faye Hunter | 2/5/2014

    " i learned that sewing may be a good thhing to learn "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anya | 1/30/2014

    " good. great. amazing. beware of the spit, the hag, and the needle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mackenzie | 1/30/2014

    " Personally I thought it was a high 4 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teya | 1/25/2014

    " It was a while ago, but I remeber it was pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 1/9/2014

    " Jack recommended this... neat story, great use of voice from a student "terroized" by his teacher -far-fetched in the middle with the whole spit idea, but creative "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Youth Services | 1/5/2014

    " When Leon makes a doll that looks like his teacher, he accidentally discovers he can make her do whatever he wants. Hijinks ensue. Very funny!! ms "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angel Brown | 1/2/2014

    " I loved the concept of this book! When I was reading it, It kept me laughing. It tells about a boy who has trouble with his new teacher, he thinks shes the meanest teacher in the world and finds a to change that. No spoilers! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harriet | 12/30/2013

    " It had a voodoo doll! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laramort | 12/28/2013

    " This was a funny book. Its great for 8-12 year olds, mainly 10 year-olds. Great protagonist and character development. It made me laugh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charank20 | 12/22/2013

    " really weird book yet really funny "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 12/22/2013

    " This was a really good book, but I'm not im fourth grade. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby | 12/15/2013

    " Nathaniel and Annabel adored this book -- Leon's world is quirky and fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denette | 12/15/2013

    " This is a very funny book!! If you or your children enjoy a good laugh while reading I would highly recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 12/1/2013

    " Children's novels are a guilty pleasure of mine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claudine Jansen | 6/14/2013

    " Full of laughter, excitement, witch-crafts, needles, threads and spitting - gross. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 12/17/2012

    " this was a great read! I enjoyed every minuet of it. surprisingly, Leon survives 4th grade with a grand master piece, the spitting image of his teacher! what a great book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 11/13/2012

    " Wow amazing! Could you make a doll that was in exact likeness of your teacher and then you can...control your teacher. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 the Reeds | 8/11/2012

    " A quick read meant to cash in on the Harry Potter phenomenon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caw Miller | 7/12/2012

    " I especially liked the solution of the ice queen. I did not like the lack of punishment for people controlling other people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christi | 6/15/2012

    " This is a fun read, good for readers who are still struggling to move beyond concrete comprehension. Plus it's funny! Great characters, with recognizable school issues, and a well-paced plot. I'll recommend this to my kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda Reynolds | 3/22/2012

    " Cute kids book. Fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ReiAi | 11/7/2011

    " Interesting, it's a funny play on words, with the spitting and all xD "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica | 10/23/2011

    " Cute. That's about it. Haha. A nice children's book, a little weird though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eleanor | 8/17/2011

    " This is the best book I've ever read. My favorite part is when he first discovers that he can control his teacher. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 6/20/2011

    " What teachers do to try and get thier students to learn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby | 3/1/2011

    " Nathaniel and Annabel adored this book -- Leon's world is quirky and fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jazzw | 2/28/2011

    " A fun and entertaining read. I'm now rereading it with my son. In some ways, we can all relate to Leon and his worries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charank20 | 2/12/2011

    " really weird book yet really funny "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 11/30/2010

    " this was a great read! I enjoyed every minuet of it. surprisingly, Leon survives 4th grade with a grand master piece, the spitting image of his teacher! what a great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 11/22/2010

    " Funny, but a bit confusing near the end. Recommended for people who can deal with confusion in plots (not me!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aditi | 10/20/2010

    " Interesting, capturing, and nice book. Worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ReiAi | 10/20/2010

    " Interesting, it's a funny play on words, with the spitting and all xD "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teya | 7/16/2010

    " It was a while ago, but I remeber it was pretty good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eleanor | 6/29/2010

    " This is the best book I've ever read. My favorite part is when he first discovers that he can control his teacher. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josie | 1/12/2010

    " Leon's teacher is having an assignment. You have to bring in something that YOU sewed. Leon makes a doll of his teacher, but some mean kids take it and pour one of the teacher's spit on it. You are thinking EWWW, right? But now, the doll can control his teacher. How can Leon fix things??? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 8/6/2009

    " Children's novels are a guilty pleasure of mine. "

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About the Author
Author Allen Kurzweil

Allen Kurzweil is the prizewinning author of two novels for adults—A Case of Curiosities and The Grand Complication—and two works of fiction for children—Leon and the Spitting Image and Leon and the Champion Chip. A recipient of numerous grants and awards, including fellowships from the Guggenheim and Fulbright Foundations and the New York Public Library Center for Scholars and Writers, Kurzweil is currently a fellow at the John Nicholas Brown Center for the Study of American Civilization at Brown University. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with his wife and son.

About the Narrator

Mark Linn-Baker was most recently seen as "Toad" in the Broadway musical A Year with Frog and Toad. He is a producing director of New York Stage and Film, and his Broadway credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Face Value, and Doonesbury. For many, he is best known as Larry Appleton of television's Perfect Strangers.