A beautifully illustrated, action-packed middle grade adventure in the spirit of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton.
With fantastic Victorian-esque design, fast-paced action, and plenty of puzzles to solve, this middle grade mystery is a fun and engaging read for even the most reluctant readers. Warren the 13th is the lone bellhop, valet, groundskeeper, and errand boy of his family’s ancient hotel. The strange, shadowy mansion is full of crooked corridors and mysterious riddles—and it just might be home to a magical treasure known as the All-Seeing Eye. But if Warren is going to find the hidden treasure, he’ll need to solve several other mysteries first: What is the strange creature lurking in the hotel boiler room? Who is the ghostly girl creeping around the garden’s hedge maze? And why is the hotel’s only guest covered in bandages? Full of puzzles, secret codes, outrageous inventions, and hundreds of intricate illustrations, Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye will delight and confound readers of all ages.
Will Staehle is the creator of Warren the 13th, and is an award-winning designer and illustrator. He grew up reading comics and working summers at his parent’s design firm in Wisconsin. He now spends his days designing book covers, posters, and mini-comics, to ensure that he gets as little sleep as possible. He lives in Seattle. Tania Del Rio is a professional comic book writer and artist who has spent the past 10 years wiring and illustrating, primarily for a young audience. Her clients include Archie Comics, Dark Horse, and Marvel; she is best known for her work writing and drawing the 42-issue run of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. She lives in Los Angeles.
Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye (Warren the 13th Series #1) 4.4 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
So this book was so much fun! I realize the cover kind of promises this to you, but I am please to report that the cover is not lying to you!
Warren the 13th and the All Seeing Eye is about Warren the 13th (can I tell you anything more obvious? Probably not). Warren the 13th lives with his Uncle Rupert, Aunt Annaconda, and a few others in an pretty run down hotel. However, the hotel wasn't always run down. When Warren's father was alive it was a beautiful place and business was thriving. Unfortunately, he died when Warren the 13th was still too young to take over so his Uncle Rupert moved in to help him out.
And Uncle Rupert is lazy.... so things started falling apart, employees quit, and guests stopped visiting.
But that is really only the back story of how we get to the actual story that this book contains. What happened is this - Uncle Rupert ended up marrying Annaconda and Annaconda is determined to find the mythical all seeing eye that is rumored to be hidden somewhere within the hotel!
One thing leads to another and everyone, including Warren the 13th, end up on a search for this All Seeing Eye. This leads us to meeting quite a few fun and interesting people and takes us on quite the adventure!
Really, it is quite fun!
So, this book is meant to be a middle grade novel, but I think maybe some of the younger in that group might be a little turned off because the cover and the illustrations within (YES ILLUSTRATIONS) seem to have a darker Tim Burtonesque style to them and they might take it to mean this story will be scary. And it isn't! Not really!
Also, in regards to the illustrations....they are quite interesting to look at. I know I enjoyed them all. The ones in this book are done mostly in blacks/grays/reds/whites. Pretty much like how you see them on the cover. I think it really adds something to this story. I don't think it would have been the same without them.
Also, random side note, my two year old kept taking the book from me so she could flip through and look at all the pictures. She did this on multiple occasions. My little book thief.
All in all, I found the story super fun. It had a lot of puzzles you found yourself trying to figure out along with the characters - some of which were depicted in the illustrations. And it was over all a great middle grade level mystery and I look forward to reading more of Warren's adventures.
This review is based on a copy provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.
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More than 1 year ago
Warren the 13th is a twelve year old orphan and heir to his family's hotel business. He is being raised by his Uncle Rupert, who recently married his Aunt Anaconda. Right now he is the sole bellhop, handyman, exterminator, room-service valet, and all-around errand boy. I see this book as a magical fairytale for middle grade students. Aunt Anaconda is the evil step-mother who is also a witch. Warren is the mistreated and enslaved step-child. There is a magic item that everyone wants, especially Aunt Anaconda. She is tearing apart the hotel looking for the "All-Seeing Eye." Warren does not even know what it is or if it exists. This is a fun story with some riddles, bad guys, monsters who turn out to be friends and a surprise ending. The illustrations are great! There's one on almost every page, done in black, white & red. They really enhance the story. The characters are multi-faceted and I certainly hope there are more adventures for Warren, Petula, Sketchy, Uncle Rupert and the rest of the hotel staff. I recommend this book for public, school, class and home libraries. It will definitely engage those reluctant readers.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.
More than 1 year ago
Very funny and has pictures on each page. All I read are very long book and they don't have any pictures but when I got this it had so many great pictures. Very good book anyone could read it.
More than 1 year ago
What a terrific experience! This is far more than a story, much more! When I began reading this book, it reminded me of an optimistic Cinderella story featuring Warren the 13th. Only his father, prior owner in a long lineage of the hotel's owners, passed away. Since Warren was too young to manage the hotel which had no guests for three years, his uncle took over and let the place run down. The uncle recently wed a witchy woman named Anaconda who doesn't like kids. She forced Warren to move to a cramped room in the attic. He is also the jack-of-all-trades. I felt awful for him; but he seems pretty happy and proud to do what he can for the hotel. Aunt Anaconda is the equivalent of an angry stepmother. She also has another agenda. She is on the hunt for a very powerful talisman, known as the all-seeing-eye. Word gets out, and the hotel is bombarded with guests who also want the treasure. Little do they know that it is the hotel, itself, that is the real treasure.
What I loved about this book is the cast of weird and creepy characters. They are just scary enough. However, it is the fantastic illustrations that breathe life into the book! They show some of the weirdest, great for kids, stuff and characters! Warren is loveable, 12 years old, and has an incredible work ethic for such a young age. The hotel guests keep you glued to the pages and leaves you wanting more. The saying goes that it is the journey, not the destination that matters. The same holds true for this book. I did not want it to end. Thankfully, it is the first in a series that is going to be a hit for middle schoolers and adults alike. I am ready for the journey to continue on. I can't wait to read about the next adventure!
More than 1 year ago
This was a fun book. It had adventure, magic, friendship, a lovable hero, and amazing illustrations. Warren was relatable and very easy to root for. The illustrations, color scheme, and layout really drew the reader into the story. I would enjoy reading more books about Warren and his hotel. I would definitely recommend this book for 2nd-4th graders.
More than 1 year ago
Quirky and clever with a darker twist, Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye mixes magic, mystery, history and our hero Warren. At just 12, he is the lone bellboy, exterminator, handyman and all-around errand boy in the rather run down hotel, owned by his rather lazy and negligent uncle Rupert and his new wife, Annaconda. She is convinced that the All Seeing Eye is hidden somewhere in the hotel, and is rumored to have amazing powers.
There’s no wonder that Warren dreams of traveling to other places, having free time and generally not having to deal with Annaconda and Rupert. Several characters are introduced, each more strange than the last, that fill out the story and help readers to picture the world. Now I need to discuss the illustrations – each page has an illustration of the story, complete in black white and red. These illustrations bring a sense of the darkness, strangeness and clever visual representation of the story from the artist.
Winding up a twisty Cinderella-like story, Warren is a little ‘too’ good to be true, but the themes of kindness, loyalty, hard work and imagination are strongly present and will give flight to the imagination of younger readers.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
More than 1 year ago
Have you ever spied a book you just knew you had to read? Not because someone else read it and thought it was great or because it was on sale at the nearby bookstore. Simply because the cover and summary just grabbed a hold and refused to let go, no matter how much you resisted. If not, I feel so sorry for you. It's happened to me numerous times.
I especially fought when I saw the cover and summery for Warren the 13th and the All Seeing Eye, by Tania del Rio, almost two months ago. Now I receive numerous emails from groups, clubs and sites all the time. Normally I glance over titles, photos and summaries, but I just knew I couldn't let this one get away!
On first glance, it makes you think of a BBC television show, or Tim Burton's animations- but no! This story carries a life all its own... well, maybe with a British accent, it's better. I read aloud in one. I just knew the book had to be mine. So I followed the link to request an #ARC. For some reason, the link wasn't updating and I feared I'd missed out. So I later went on Twitter and posted a tweet and Whoa! The author sent me another link- and I managed to get two copies! One for me and one for homeschooling!
I decided we had to read the book immediately upon receipt. Every day, my son and I read about three chapters. We totally fell in love with Warren and the other odd characters, even crazy Aunt Anaconda!
The story is about a young boy, Warren. He's the 13th Warren of the family, soon to become the caretaker of the family hotel. All his life, he's done nothing but care for the place, but due to his Uncle Rupert being lazy and fool-hearted, the place has fallen to shambles. Warren feels he's failed his father and his great lineage...
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