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"Wild Surprise" is the third in the Phineas and Ferb chapter book series based on the show. It is based on the episodes "Candace Loses Her Head" and "Mom's Birthday".

Publisher's Summaries

Title Description

What better time to be creative than a birthday? With gifts at stake, Phineas and Ferb are at their best. First they surprise Candace by adding her head to Mt. Rushmore, and then they cook up an even BIGGER surprise for their mom's birthday. With all these good intentions, what could possibly go wrong? Meanwhile, Dr. Doofenshmirtz has created a machine that will shrink everything he dislikes. Will this mean the end for Perry the Platypus?

Back Cover Summary

TA-DA!

Phineas and Ferb know that when you want to make every day count, birthdays are the perfect excuse to do something extrawild! Determined to top their efforts for Candace's birthday last year, they plan a gift of mountinous proportions. Then, they almost miss their mom's birthday! But at the last minute, they cook up a surprise that any parent would love.

Doofenshmirtz quote: "Ah, Perry the Platypus. Now you will witness the power of the Shrink-Spheria!"

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Don't miss the fun in the next Phineas & Ferb book...WILD SURPRISEAdapted by Helena Mayer
Based on the series created by Dan Povenmire & Jeff "Swampy" Marsh

Phineas Flynn popped up in bed, his eyes wide open.

"Hey, Ferb!" Phineas tossed a pillow across the room, aiming for his brother, who was still fast asleep. Phineas didn't get it. How could Ferb sleep on a day like this?

After all, it wasn't just any day.

This was it, the big day. The day Phineas had been waiting for all summer long. "It's Candace's birthday!" he shouted, blasting Ferb out of dreamland. "We gotta do better than last year."

Last year's birthday had stated out okay. Candace had loved her cake. It was chocolate chocolate chip (her favorite) and covered in pink and white frosting (her double favorite).

But Phineas had made a big mistake. It never occurred to him that Candace would want to eat the cake. Eating was seriously dullsville and Phineas had something much more exciting in mind. Something like a giant gorilla hiding inside the cake, waiting to jump out when Phineas yelled, "Happy birthday, Candace!"

It also never occurred to Phineas that Candace was afraid of gorillas.

Especially giant gorillas hiding inside of birthday cakes.

"Not our best work," Phineas admitted. Ferb didn't say anything, but Phineas could tell he agreed. "This time, it's gotta be something huge!"

This year, Phineas was determined to give his sister a birthday present that wouldn't make her scream and run out of the room. And he knew just how to do it.

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Book Details

Wild Surprise is a near word-for-word adaptation of the episodes "Candace Loses Her Head" and "Mom's Birthday", presented as Part One and Part Two. The book makes the transition from Part One to Part Two by describing a couple of things shown in the title sequence and summing it up as "You know: same old, same old".

Differences between the book and the episodes as broadcast are noted below. In general, most of the differences are that of timing, where an event is described as happening at a slightly different time (usually before) than when it happened in the episode, though some lines are missing from the episode.

Each page typically has a picture from the episode that helps the reader visualize what is being described. The picture is a halftone screenshot from the episode (taken from the wide format originals), cropped into custom shapes such as rectangles with cut-out corners or ellipses. Each chapter includes a picture of Phineas and Ferb at the beginning of the chapter, and Perry's image appears next to each page number.

Published by Disney Press. $4.99 U.S., "Priced higher in Canada".

Background Information

  • The pictures are from the wide format originals. The series as broadcast on Disney Channel and Disney XD, as well as the DVDs, are in standard 4:3 format.
  • In Part Two, the lyrics of I Love You Mom are included and become an integral part of the described plot of the book.
  • Publisher's series description: "Phineas and Ferb know that with only one hundred and four days of summer vacation, you've got to make every one count! Whether they're building a rocket or discovering an ancient mummy, they're dedicated to making each mind-numbing rotation of the earth into something really special. While their sister Candace tries fruitlessly to reveal their crazy endeavors to their mom and Perry the Platypus is saving the world from the dangerous Dr. Doofenshmirtz, Phineas and Ferb are filling their days with one adventure after another."

Differences between the book and the episodes

Most timing differences, where an event occurs in the book a few moments before when it does in the episode, will not be noted here.

Part One (Candace Loses Her Head)

  • Changed line: "What is it?" said a second time instead of "Where is it?"
  • Missing line: Phineas saying "You're welcome" to Candace.
  • Missing line: "Where'd they go?"
  • Missing sequence: Isabella and the Fireside Girls meeting Linda in the gift shop.
  • Missing line: "Possibilities."
  • New info: provides background explanation of Perry's duties as Agent P.
  • Moved sequences: Candace searching for the boys and using the telescope was moved so that Agent P's return, Isabella meeting Phineas at the monument, Candace's search, and Linda being dragged out of the gift shop could be dealt with continuously without cutting back and forth like the episode does. However, it does not include the line from the tourist who spotted Phineas and Ferb on the monument.
  • Missing line: "Phineas! Ferb! Oh!"
  • Missing line: "Wait 'till you see what those two are up to."
  • Isabella uses a walkie-talkie instead of a bullhorn to enact Plan B.
  • Changed line: Linda states that she's walked up the stairs three times when it was actually twice.
  • Missing scene: the boys roasting hot dogs over the lava and the orchestra playing.
  • Missing line: "This was the best birthday ever!" (And Agent P landing behind her.)

Part Two (Mom's Birthday)

  • Missing line: Phineas saying "We can't forget mom's birthday" during the sequence from "Are You My Mummy?"
  • Missing line: the piggy bank needing "roughage" to surrender more coins.
  • Shortened line: that animatronic robots can be found in theme parks.
  • Moved sequences: Candace working on the present in her room, mom going into the kitchen, Perry going into the castle could be dealt with continuously without cutting back and forth like the episode does.
  • Missing lines: "Made with Love." "And sweat." "And by 'sweat', you mean hard work." "Uh, sure."
  • Missing line: "Okay, stay right there."
  • Moved sequences: Candace riding home with the Cute L'il Sundress, Candace after her failed attempt to play musical instruments that begin with "b". (Same reason as above.)
  • Missing line: Mom asking where Candace went.
  • Missing line: the combined robot saying "We can't seem to get a break" and "Your breath smells like candles".
  • Missing lines: "Isn't this wonderful?" and "Yeah, really great."
  • Missing line: "I really wish Dad could have heard it."
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Media
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Video Games: Phineas and FerbPhineas and Ferb Ride AgainDisney Channel All Star PartyPhineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd DimensionAgent P Strikes BackPhineas and Ferb: Quest for Cool StuffWhere's My Perry?Disney INFINITY (2.0) (3.0) • Phineas and Ferb: Day of Doofenshmirtz
Albums: Phineas and FerbPhineas and Ferb Holiday FavoritesPhineas and Ferb: Across the 1st and 2nd DimensionsPhineas and Ferb: Star Wars soundtrack

Disney Parks
Agent P's World Showcase Adventure

Entertainment: Phineas and Ferb's Rockin' Rollin' Dance Party
Firework: Celebrate the Magic

Characters
Major Characters: Phineas FlynnFerb FletcherCandace FlynnPerryMajor Francis MonogramHeinz DoofenshmirtzLinda FlynnLawrence Fletcher

Secondary Characters: Isabella Garcia-ShapiroBaljeet TjinderBuford Van StommJeremy JohnsonCarl KarlStacy HiranoGinger HiranoMillyKatieHollyAdyson SweetwaterGretchen
Recurring characters: Giant Floating Baby HeadDjango BrownColtraneCharlene DoofenshmirtzVanessa DoofenshmirtzRoger DoofenshmirtzVivian Garcia-ShapiroIrvingJenny BrownSuzy JohnsonDannyBobbi FabulousShermanMeapMitchNormClyde FlynnBetty Jo FlynnPinkyAlbertPeterKlimpaloonTalking ZebraMonty MonogramHildegard JohnsonReginald FletcherWinifred FletcherAloyse von Roddenstein
Minor Characters: JerryKhaka Peu PeuThe RegurgitatorBob WebberPrincess BaldegundeMelissaUnnamed Fireside GirlsAgent EBrobotsDrill SergeantBuck BuckersonTiana WebberJack JohnsonMrs. JohnsonWendyEliza FletcherNicoletteMandyThaddeus and ThorMindyAmandaLucy FletcherAdrian FletcherBeppo BrownDr. HiranoAnnabelle JohnsonSaraBrigitte, Josette, and ColletteMishti PatelLiam McCrackenRodrigoMorgGlenda WilkinsDr. GevaarlijkHeinz Doofenshmirtz's motherBlanca DishonProfessor PoofenplotzLyla LolliberryBalloony • Corn Colossus
Guest Characters: Santa ClausKim Possible PinocchioBaby BaboonThor OdinsonSpider-ManHulkIron ManRed SkullNick FuryVenomWhiplashMODOK

Episodes
Season One: "Rollercoaster" • "Candace Loses Her Head" • "The Fast and the Phineas" • "Lawn Gnome Beach Party of Terror" • "The Magnificent Few" • "S'Winter" • "Are You My Mummy?" • "Flop Starz" • "Raging Bully" • "Lights, Candace, Action!" • "Get That Bigfoot Outta My Face!" • "Tree to Get Ready" • "It's About Time!" • "Jerk De Soleil" • "Toy to the World" • "One Good Scare Ought to Do It!" • "A Hard Day's Knight" • "I, Brobot" • "Mom's Birthday" • "Journey to the Center of Candace" • "Run Away Runway" • "I Scream, You Scream" • "It's a Mud, Mud, Mud, Mud World" • "The Ballad of Badbeard" • "Dude, We're Getting the Band Back Together" • "Ready for the Bettys" • "The Flying Fishmonger" • "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted!" • "Greece Lightning" • "Leave the Busting to Us!" • "Crack That Whip" • "The Best Lazy Day Ever" • "Boyfriend From 27,000 B.C." • "Voyage to the Bottom of Buford" • "Put That Putter Away" • "Does This Duckbill Make Me Look Fat?" • "Traffic Cam Caper" • "Bowl-R-Ama Drama" • "The Monster of Phineas-n-Ferbenstein" • "Oil on Candace" • "Unfair Science Fair" • "Unfair Science Fair Redux (Another Story)" • "Out to Launch" • "Got Game?" • "Comet Kermillian" • "Out of Toon" • "Hail Doofania!"

Season Two: "The Lake Nose Monster" • "Interview With a Platypus" • "Tip of the Day" • "Attack of the 50 Foot Sister" • "Backyard Aquarium" • "Day of the Living Gelatin" • "Elementary My Dear Stacy" • "Don't Even Blink" • "Chez Platypus" • "Perry Lays an Egg" • "Gaming the System" • "The Chronicles of Meap" • "Thaddeus and Thor" • "De Plane! De Plane!" • "Let's Take a Quiz" • "At the Car Wash" • "Oh, There You Are, Perry" • "Swiss Family Phineas" • "Hide and Seek" • "That Sinking Feeling" • "The Baljeatles" • "Vanessassary Roughness" • "No More Bunny Business" • "Spa Day" • "Phineas and Ferb's Quantum Boogaloo" • "Phineas and Ferb Musical Cliptastic Countdown" • "Bubble Boys" • "Isabella and the Temple of Sap" • "Cheer Up Candace" • "Fireside Girl Jamboree" • "The Bully Code" • "Finding Mary McGuffin" • "Picture This" • "Nerdy Dancin'" • "What Do It Do?" • "Atlantis" • "Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!" • "Just Passing Through" • "Candace's Big Day" • "I Was a Middle Aged Robot" • "Suddenly Suzy" • "Undercover Carl" • "Hip Hip Parade" • "Invasion of the Ferb Snatchers" • "Ain't No Kiddie Ride" • "Not Phineas and Ferb" • "Phineas and Ferb-Busters!" • "The Lizard Whisperer" • "Robot Rodeo" • "The Beak" • "She's the Mayor" • "The Lemonade Stand" • "Phineas and Ferb Hawaiian Vacation" • "Summer Belongs to You!" • "Nerds of a Feather" • "Wizard of Odd" • "We Call it Maze" • "Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet Max Modem!" • "The Secret of Success" • "The Doof Side of the Moon" • "Split Personality" • "Brain Drain" • "Rollercoaster: The Musical!" • "Make Play" • "Candace Gets Busted"
Season Three: "The Great Indoors" • "Canderemy" • "Run, Candace, Run" • "Last Train to Bustville" • "Phineas' Birthday Clip-O-Rama!" • "The Belly of the Beast" • "Moon Farm" • "Ask a Foolish Question" • "Misperceived Monotreme" • "Candace Disconnected" • "Magic Carpet Ride" • "Bad Hair Day" • "Meatloaf Surprise" • "Phineas and Ferb Interrupted" • "A Real Boy" • "Mommy Can You Hear Me?" • "Road Trip" • "Tour de Ferb" • "Skiddley Whiffers" • "My Fair Goalie" • "Bullseye!" • "That's the Spirit" • "The Curse of Candace" • "Escape from Phineas Tower" • "Lotsa Latkes" • "Ferb Latin" • "A Phineas and Ferb Family Christmas" • "Tri-Stone Area" • "Doof Dynasty" • "Excaliferb" • "Phineas and Ferb and the Temple of Juatchadoon" • "Monster from the Id" • "Gi-Ants" • "The Remains of the Platypus" • "Mom's in the House" • "Perry the Actorpus" • "Let's Bounce" • "Bully Bromance Break Up" • "Quietest Day Ever" • "Doonkleberry Imperative" • "Meapless in Seattle" • "Delivery of Destiny" • "Buford Confidential" • "The Mom Attractor" • "Cranius Maximus" • "Agent Doof" • "Minor Monogram" • "What a Croc!" • "Sleepwalk Surprise" • "Sci-Fi Pie Fly" • "Sipping with the Enemy" • "Tri-State Treasure: Boot of Secrets" • "Doofapus" • "Norm Unleashed" • "Where's Perry?" • "Ferb TV" • "When Worlds Collide" • "What'd I Miss?" • "Road to Danville" • "This is Your Backstory" • "Blackout!"
Season Four: "For Your Ice Only " • "Happy New Year!" • "Fly On the Wall" • "Bully Bust" • "My Sweet Ride" • "Der Kinderlumper" • "Sidetracked" • "Primal Perry" • "Mind Share" • "Backyard Hodge Podge" • "Bee Day" • "Bee Story" • "Great Balls of Water" • "Where's Pinky?" • "Phineas and Ferb Musical Cliptastic Countdown Hosted by Kelly Osbourne" • "Knot My Problem" • "Just Desserts" • "La Candace-Cabra" • "Happy Birthday, Isabella" • "Love at First Byte" • "One Good Turn" • "Mission Marvel" • "Thanks But No Thanks" • "Troy Story" • "Druselsteinoween" • "Terrifying Tri-State Trilogy of Terror" • "Face Your Fear" • "Cheers for Fears" • "Steampunx" • "Just Our Luck" • "Return Policy" • "Live and Let Drive" • "Phineas and Ferb Save Summer" • "Father's Day" • "Imperfect Storm" • "The Return of the Rogue Rabbit" • "It's No Picnic" • "The Klimpaloon Ultimatum" • "Operation Crumb Cake" • "Mandace" • "Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars" • "Lost in Danville" • "The Inator Method" • "Night of the Living Pharmacists" • "Tales from the Resistance: Back to the 2nd Dimension" • "Doof 101" • "Act Your Age" • "Last Day of Summer" • "O.W.C.A. Files"

Locations
Locations at or near Danville: DanvilleMr. Slushy FranchiseDoofenshmirtz Evil IncorporatedFlynn-Fletcher HouseAtlantisGoogolplex MallOld Abandoned Amusement Park

Other Locations: AfricaEnglandNew YorkBig BenMarsTokyoLondonChinaIndiaCanadaChileHawaii

Selected Songs
Today is Gonna Be a Great DaySummer Belongs to YouCity of LoveJump Right InLet it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it SnowPerry the Platypus ThemeGitchee Gitchee GooWhere Did We Go Wrong?BustedLittle BrothersWhat'cha Doin?Carpe DiemS.I.M.P. (Squirrels In My Pants)I'm MeRollercoasterThe Ballad of KlimpaloonEvil for Extra CreditBackyard BeachHappy New YearGreat to Be a BabySerious FunCurtain Call/Time Spent Together