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Posted December 13, 2013
Fantastic adventure! This is a delightful and kid-friendly romp
Fantastic adventure! This is a delightful and kid-friendly romp through a mysterious company that invents amazing things. The Creature Department encompasses everything that appeals to kids. Monsters, crazy inventions, flying boogers, finger pulling (with the accompanying fart), and some high flying superhero action. This book is funny, complex, interesting, and wildly entertaining.
It starts off a little slow, but gets interesting very quickly. The characters are a lot of fun and each one has a unique personality that makes them memorable. I love the choices in each character's clothing. Elliot's fishing vest caused me to laugh on more than one occasion.
There is a lot of action in the second half of the book and a lot of surprises that kids will love. The only thing I didn't really like about the book was the predictable way things wrapped up. It is a very fun book for kids, but I would have liked to see it be a little less predictable. But in all honesty, I doubt if the kids that read this book will have the same (if any) complaint. This is a super fun book that kids will absolutely love.
Content: Clean, unless you find farting offensive. ;)
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Posted November 8, 2013
Elliot von Doppler lives in the most uneventful place on Earth,
Elliot von Doppler lives in the most uneventful place on Earth, Bickleburgh. The most interesting thing there is the headquarters of the 8th largest factory on the planet, DENKi-3000. Glittering skyscrapers are about the most interesting thing in the whole city, but only Elliot’s uncle, Archie, knows what goes on behind the second-to-last door at the end of the hall...until now. When Elliot’s uncle invites him and a strange girl Leslie (who coincidentally made the same rocket as him in a science fair) to take a tour of the DENKi-3000, Elliot jumps on the opportunity, and discovers what exactly goes on inside the mysterious Research & Development department. But when a rival company sends in a spy and tries to use force to take the factory away, it up to Elliot, Leslie, and some rather odd friends to save the factory. I liked this book! I liked the topic, and the characters are very cute. I can’t relate to many characters, because Elliot has a somewhat sciencey side, while Leslie’s demeanor screams GOTH. I am neither sciencey or goth, so their personalities were not relatable. They each had their own quirks, which I think is a good touch to a character. At first, I wasn't engaged immediately, which was weird because the beginning was so interesting. I haven't read a book where the first sentence was of the Elliots’ mom was threatening to boil him in soup (which is explained a couple sentences later, but I assure you his parents aren’t cannibals)! The ending was good, but I’m guessing there will be another book after this, because it left you with questions. The writing style was third person, but alternating which character was being narrated, which is an odd but interesting style for me. This book is good for kids ages 8-12 and was a cute and easy read. Also, the finished copy is so pretty! Thank you Razorbill for sending me a finished copy. I love the glow in the dark cover as well as all the illustrations inside the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.