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Mister Monday (Keys to the Kingdom Series #1)

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7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Mr. Monday

Arthur Penhaligon an asthmatic middle schooler has an asthma attack in the center of a field at his middle school he was suppose to die that day, but he was given a key by a man named Mr. Monday and his butler Mondays Noon. Noon was influenced by a Will to trick Mr. Mo...
Arthur Penhaligon an asthmatic middle schooler has an asthma attack in the center of a field at his middle school he was suppose to die that day, but he was given a key by a man named Mr. Monday and his butler Mondays Noon. Noon was influenced by a Will to trick Mr. Monday into giving it up. Then the will gave Arthur an atlas. By the time they were gone the ambulance was here. He hid the key in the grass so the people in the ambulance would not take it from him. When he woke up the atlas was in his shirt pocket and the key was under his pillow. He is released from the hospital a few days later and on his way to school he sees a house a house that was not there before and only he can see it. The next day at school Mr. Monday was there and he wanted the key back, but he could only stay here fore an hour after 12 on Monday. And the time ran out and Mr. Monday disappeared. The Will lead him to an entrance to the house and in the house he finds a door way that leads to the lower house. The lower house is a town. There he discovers why he was given the key by the Will, and what he must do with it. This book is very well organized and is very descriptive. The vocabulary is not very difficult and is great for young readers. The book has some very exiting parts especially in the lower house he encounters the many different creatures Mr. Monday controls. Mr. Monday is a great book and it is appropriate for all ages though I recommend it for young adult readers. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.

posted by Anonymous on October 9, 2008

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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What a terribly written book, it's full of implied meanings that add up to nothing (like most of the books in this world), all in all terribly written. It just irritates me although i couldn't help but finish it, pretty much any book can keep a person interested no matt...
What a terribly written book, it's full of implied meanings that add up to nothing (like most of the books in this world), all in all terribly written. It just irritates me although i couldn't help but finish it, pretty much any book can keep a person interested no matter how awful it is. The writing resembles a middle schoolers work.

posted by Anonymous on August 22, 2006

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

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    Not as great as Nix's others

    I picked up the Keys to the Kingdom series because I absolutely love Nix's Abhorsen series. The Keys to the Kingdom was good, and his integration of the seven deadly sins with a very unique other-world was great, but it certainly did not stand up to the rest of his work. I would suggest this book to pre-teens or early teens, but not much later. As an adult, it was definitely a "meh" experience.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Mr. Monday Review

    Mr. Monday was a good buy.
    It's interesting although you have to think carefully over everything.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    Just So-So

    I enjoyed reading Mr. Monday, but def not Garth Nix's greatest.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    Not great, but not bad.

    There's certainly one thing to be said about everything Nix writes, and that is that it's rife with original creativity and completely new fantasy stories. However, sometimes the books themselves, although phenomenally imaginative, are hit or miss depending on how much Nix is able to flesh out the story. The Seventh Tower series, for instance, is deftly imagined, a two worlds drawn together through light and shadow, and the ability to use colored gemstones to create light beams that can do all sorts of interesting things. Unfortunately for whatever reason, Nix doesn't explore the world and the story enough. It's much more like eating watery soup than it is like consuming a good meal.

    The Abhorsen Trilogy, on the other hand, is a great work, and although it's not a classic literature sort of story, the world itself is fleshed out well, so that the reader can really imagine the world and lose themselves in it. I feel like the Keys to the Kingdom series is a mixture of both, and I'd love to see the world more fully explored. The first book, especially, seems to move toward that path, but as the books progress, they seem to become more and more formulaic and lacking in substance. Ultimately, Nix's imagination seems to know no bounds, but if he would slow down and put more life into these books, I think they would be much better. Not to say that the books aren't fun to read, but I believe they could be fun to read and rich. Hopefully his next fantasy series will be more like The Abhorsen Trilogy.

    -Lindsey Miller, www.lindseyslibrary.com

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2008

    Umm.............okay, I guess!

    This book isn't something I might want to read the sequals, but, unfortunately, I figured it'd be smart to do so. I HAVE tried to comprehend what was going on, but Garth Nix made it very confusing to understand what The 'Denizens' were and what a 'Nithling' was. I only like Suzy and Leaf. Leaf is never really mentioned, though, which I hate!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2006

    great concept falls short

    I liked the concept of another dimension attempting to take over our world. The problem I had was that everything seemed to fall into just the right places for Arthur. The hero shouldn't have such an easy time 'saving the world.' There wasn't enough character development to make me care about what happened to the characters. The book is worth reading, but I'm not yet sure if I will read the follow-up stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2003

    Looks good, but not like The Seventh Tower.

    Nix must like the # seven, since 'Tower' dealt with the 7 colors of the spectrum and 'Keys' deals with the days of the week. There is also a lot to do with books and written text. The connection between text and time? Who knows? Still a very good, though quick read.

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