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This article is about the Books written by Mordecai Richler. For the TV series, see Jacob Two-Two (TV series) and for the movies see Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang.

Jacob Two-Two is the central character in a series of children's books, Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang (1975), Jacob Two-Two and the Dinosaur (1987) and Jacob Two-Two's First Spy Case (1995) written by Mordecai Richler, and Jacob Two-Two on the High Seas (2009) written by Cary Fagan.

Jacob is the youngest child of five and has to say things twice because people don't hear him the first time. Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang has twice been filmed, in 1978 and in 1999, the latter film starring Gary Busey. The titles by Mordecai Richler has inspired an animated TV series produced by Nelvana, and seen in Canada on YTV (English) and VRAK.TV (French), and in the United States on qubo, both on the ION Television digital subchannel and NBC's Saturday morning qubo lineup.

The character is said to have been inspired by Jacob Richler, the author's youngest son. It should be noted that every character in Jacob's family has the same name as their counterpart in the real Richler family.

In September 2009 Tundra Books, the publisher of the Jacob Two-Two series, will release a new fourth book[1] titled Jacob Two-Two on the High Seas. Mordecai Richler had always planned to write new adventures and had started a fourth book before he died in 2001. With the full support of the Richler family, the new book was written by Canadian author Cary Fagan. Tundra will also re-release the previous three titles in the series with new art and covers by Toronto artist, Dušan Petričić.

Jacob Two-Two on the High Seas is the prequel to the first three books with the family sailing back to Canada from England after Jacob's father writes an important novel.

Contents

Protagonists

Jacob Two-Two

The protagonist of the story, who can not yet ride a two-wheel bike, or cut bread, or cross the street, or run errands for his parents.

Mr. Dinklebat

Jacob's next door neighbour is an international spy, working for CMIST (Canadian Ministry of Intrigue, Spying, and Tattling). Jacob later helps Mr. Dinklebat and his agent Intrepid (a hamster) on top secret missions.

Morty

Jacob's dad, the writer of the popular "Amazing Ronald" books. He is said to be based on Mordecai Richler. He's fairly laid back.

Noah and Emma

Jacob's older twin brother and sister respectively. The two of them are avid readers and wrestling fans, but they don't take Jacob seriously and treat him like a nuisance who can't keep up with them. They form a superhero team known as "Kid Power" and refer to themselves as Fearless O'Toole (Noah) and Intrepid Shapiro (Emma). They pick on Jacob a lot.

Martha

Jacob's oldest sister, who is vain and short-tempered but very smart. While she and Jacob argue a lot, she is proud of his achievements and they care about each other.

Daniel

Jacob's oldest brother, the epitome of cool in Jacob's eyes. He treats Jacob like a nuisance at times, but also seems to take him more seriously than Noah, Emma, and Marfa. He likes music, especially classics like the Beatles. (See Daniel Richler.)

Florence

Jacob's mother, who takes everything in stride.

Dippy

The other title character of Jacob Two-Two and the Dinosaur, Dippy is a diplodocus that Jacob's parents smuggled back from a trip to Africa, though unaware of what he was at the time. He's fond of pizzas and glee club songs.

Buford Orville Gaylord Pugh

Buford is Jacob's best friend. He's a very weird person and talks a lot. He tends to get off topic. He can be talking about Jacob's problems, then all of a sudden start talking about one of his many weird uncles. Like that one exterminator episode where he's talking about how they hired the exterminator saying that there's rats in the attic, but it was really his Uncle something. He's lived there for one year and he's really aggressive. Or he can be talking about butterflies and how they eat. Anyways, he also has a weird name, as you can see. His family is pretty weird. His mom has two of everything, but not frogs. He thought about giving his mom a frog because he burped. She doesn't even have one frog. Weird family. And he can also speak raccoon. He dressed up as Elvis in one episode and dances the Saturday night fever dance.

Renee Ratelle

Jacob's other best friend. Renee can be described as very sophisticated, but together with Jacob and Buford, they can resolve any local crisis, and even a few national crises. She bears a striking resemblance to a young Sally Jessy Raphael and speaks with a distinct French-Canadian accent. She knows how to skateboard. She's pretty rad at it.

Gary (aka "The Hooded Fang")

Famous wrestler, and a good friend of Jacob.

Anne the Android

That android in that one episode. At first she didn't even know how to use a pen. Buford starts liking her. The gang help her become human.

Antagonists

Prime Minister Perry Pleaser

The Prime Minister of Canada featured in Jacob Two-Two and the Dinosaur. A very vain and self-important man, he always is followed by no less than six yes-men or yes-women. He believes that he can gain respect and admiration in the eyes of the public by slaying "the dragon" Dippy.

Principal Ignats M. Greedyguts

The principal of Dreary Meadows Elementary School. He lives up to his name of being a greedy-gut. He is evil, and hates children, particularly the JBR trio. He is usually aided by the school's caretaker Leo Louse, and the JBR trio's homeroom teacher, Miss Sourpickle. He likes to spend school funds for his own personal reasons.

Carl Fester King

An unsuccessful businessman who always wants to live up to his name. His plans of fraud and evil are always foiled by Jacob.

Fish and Fowl

A duo of master thieves. Their plans are always foiled by Jacob.

Leo Louse

A good friend of Morty, who once lived in the same house as him. He is the caretaker of Dreary Meadows, and now lives there with his mother. He has been foiled many times by Jacob, he is known by the Montreal Public Library as "The Bookworm".

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References

  1. ^ [1]The Return of Jacob Two-Two

External links

  • Tundra Books website
  • Cary Fagan, Jacob Two-Two on the High Seas, Toronto: Tundra Books, 2009 ISBN 9780887768958
  • Brian Busby, Character Parts: Who's really Who in Canlit, Toronto: Knopf, 2003. p, 129. ISBN 0676975798, ISBN 067697578X
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