Braidy von Althuis: And the Pesky Pest Controller

Braidy von Althuis: And the Pesky Pest Controller

by Cassidy Dwelis

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ISBN-13: 9781948740012
Publisher: Precursor Publishing
Publication date: 05/30/2017
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Elaborate storytelling is something that has entertained humankind since its start and Cassidy's goal is to take the words on the page and forge them to life, like a star being born. Using a variety of media, Cassidy uses her hands to weave magic on the canvas and visualize elements extant before only in dreams. By utilizing an expressive and inky quality to her work, Cassidy brings worlds and characters of all sorts into existence.

Cassidy Dwelis currently resides in Colorado, and has recently earned a BFA in both Illustration and Game Art. Cassidy's dream is to help others bring their imagination to life.

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Braidy von Althuis: And the Pesky Pest Controller 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BookwormforKids 7 months ago
Braidy is an average kid. Well, sort of. His family is a bit odd, and he is a loner at school, something he wants to change. But life isn't easy....especially his life...and he soon finds himself battling more than a run at simple acceptance. This is such a fun read, and that while mixing in several important messages about friendship, acceptance and family. Braidy is and isn't an average kid. His family is more than strange, and this alone is enough to set him apart, but his own interests don't necessarily match up with those around him either. What I appreciate about this tale is that Braidy desires acceptance but not to the point where he dislikes himself or steps back from who he truly is. He isn't the only one with oddities either. The author has woven a world of characters who are diverse in many ways. Each one is interesting and leaps off the page, and each one has their own struggles. Add the illustrations at the beginning of each chapter, and it's a nicely balanced blend. Humor and magic make this a read, which might have been heavy on the message end, into an exciting and fun tale. It's quirky, and this is exactly what it needs. Boredom never enters the pages as Braidy goes from one situation to the next, sometimes in a little over his head. Friendship and family come through, although sometimes in strange ways, and make the adventure sit. It's a read kids are sure to enjoy and I can't wait to see where the series goes next. I received a complimentary copy and found this read such a fun balance between quirky, fantasy and finding acceptance that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite Braidy von Althuis: And the Pesky Pest Controller is a pre-teen fantasy by Cassidy Dwelis. Ten-year-old Braidy von Althuis is considered a misfit by the other kids at his school. He doesn’t have any friends and his family is considered abnormal by anyone brave enough to come into contact with them. When the school organizes Township Day, Braidy hopes his family will support the event, but they are reluctant to come. Who can blame them when there is a curse on the family? His uncle Rolo is a ghost, grandmother is as old as Father Time, and his father is a Barghest who takes innocent souls back to the underworld. Things become weirder when Braidy’s father becomes sick, but Braidy refuses to allow anything to ruin his plans and takes matters into his own hands. This is definitely one of the most imaginative stories I have ever read. My curiosity grew to keep turning the pages, wondering why the von Althuis family was so strange. Cassidy Dwelis kept the suspense going to the very end and I was not disappointed. The characters and plot were so distinctive and the dialogue was entertaining too. I was also impressed with Cassidy Dwelis, not only for writing such a wonderful story, but for the manner in which she elaborated about bullies and how their victims feel and cope with this serious issue. Braidy von Althuis: And the Pesky Pest Controller is a fun fantasy book that children ages 8-11 will enjoy immensely.