UC We Give a Squid a Wedgie

UC We Give a Squid a Wedgie

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by C. Alexander London, Jonny Duddle
     
 

"Sharks and Squids and Wedgies, why us?"

In Book Three of the Accidental Adventure series, Oliver and Celia Navel have finally gotten cable television and are ready to spend a school year watching their favorite shows. But on New Year's Eve, after an octopus gives Oliver a tuxedo wedgie, an ichthyologist races into their apartment and tells the twins

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"Sharks and Squids and Wedgies, why us?"

In Book Three of the Accidental Adventure series, Oliver and Celia Navel have finally gotten cable television and are ready to spend a school year watching their favorite shows. But on New Year's Eve, after an octopus gives Oliver a tuxedo wedgie, an ichthyologist races into their apartment and tells the twins that their mother is stranded on an island with an enormous squid and is in mortal danger. So, quite reluctantly, the twins don their wet suits and take a journey in the Pacific Ocean.

But this time the twins don't have just one mortal enemy—they have two! There's Sir Edmund, of course, and there's also a band of pirates who are following them in a cruise ship. Not to mention an erupting volcano, a shark-wrestling match, an underwater adventure, and a hostage chicken. But by the end of the story, Oliver and Celia manage to avoid capture, find the map to Atlantis, save their parents, and, well, give a squid a wedgie. We won't discuss how.

If you haven't started this series yet, now's the time to buy all three!

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3�6—The Navel twins are once again reluctantly forced from their couch and television and drawn into a crazy adventure. This time they are off to find their mother and Plato's map to Atlantis in their perpetual (un)quest to find the lost library of Alexandria. Celia and Oliver are dragged into the search by their enthusiastic explorer father and their movie-star best friend. During the journey they meet one of the last ocean-dwelling peoples, are captured by pirates (several times), and are nearly crushed by a Kraken. The juxtaposition of the unwilling, television-watching children and the parents intentionally putting their children in danger provides some humor, and moments of this book shine with witty dialogue and page-turning escapades. Unfortunately, these moments fall between some extraordinarily flat characterizations and unnatural conversations. Readers begin to get sucked in, but then are quickly lost to stale jokes and stereotypical arguments. Occasionally, the clear comedic illustrations help bring them back to the goings-on. The uncomplicated characters and familiar comedic double act make this a good choice for young readers looking for an action-driven plot and not quite ready for Pseudonymous Bosch's "Secret" series (Little, Brown), a more developed action tale involving ancient secret societies, a flawed hero and heroine, and lots of adventure.—Devin Burritt, Wells Public Library, ME
Kirkus Reviews
Celia and Oliver are beginning to wonder if destiny will ever stop lobbing accidental adventures their way. On New Year's Eve, 11 (and 1/2)–year-old twins Celia and Oliver Navel want what they always want: to sit in front of their new cable TV and eat snack cakes…but both their parents are world-renowned explorers. In fact they live on the 4 1/2th floor of the Explorer's Club, and they have to attend the Club's New Year's Gala. When a squid attack (don't ask) brings an abrupt end to the festivities, they return home to find ichthyologist Chris Stickles waiting with a message from their (intermittently) missing mother: She needs their help to find Plato's map and maybe Atlantis, and maybe the Lost Library of Alexandria. Thankfully (well, not in the twins' opinion) teen heartthrob Corey Brandt is there to offer his boat for the expedition. The reluctant adventurers are off again on a wedgie- and Pirate Chicken (err, Rooster)–filled quest. London's third in the series does not let up on the Saturday-morning-cartoon goofiness, and the sibling rivalry heats up a bit, too. Duddle's occasional black-and-white illustrations are a plus in this open-ended romp that will definitely satisfy fans. High-seas hijinks with more laughs (and groans and squids) than adventure. (Humor. 9-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399256097
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
06/14/2012
Series:
Accidental Adventure Series, #3
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

C. Alexander London is an author, adventurer, avid TV watcher, and fully-licensed librarian. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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