Welfy Q. Deederhoth: Meat Purveyor, World Savior

Welfy Q. Deederhoth: Meat Purveyor, World Savior


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The paperback edition of the IPPY Silver Award-winning ebook!

Sometimes you have to go off-planet to discover where you belong.

In the tradition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy comes Welfy Q. Deederhoth: Meat Purveyor, World Savior, a heartwarming story of friendship, adventure, and luncheon meats.

Orphan, product of the foster care system, Welfy is a homeless runaway struggling to survive, uncertainly navigating the streets of New York City with his only friend Harlan Mills. Soon after he finds work at Gramercy Deli, he stumbles into an alternate universe where he's believed to be "The One in a dirty apron" prophesied to lead the Brundeedle race out of Woe Time. Understandably, Welfy has his doubts.

"Reach into your apron pocket!" urges Princess Nnnn of the Brundeedles, as Ceparids-a violent species bent on Brundeedle destruction-surround them. More than a little perplexed, Welfy swivels, rears, miraculously avoids getting killed by Ceparid missiles as he fumbles in his apron's front pocket, and pulls out-a slice of baloney.

Can a homeless teen from New York City, armed mostly with deli foods, save an alien race from extinction?

The answer is not what you might think.

New edition with bonus material:

  • Articles from a genuine Brundeedle news outlet: translate them into English, if you can!
  • A preview of the forthcoming "Case Files of Erasmus Twiddle," a re-imagining of Eric Laster's first kids' book, with new illustrations by Max Graenitz.

For ages 9 and up.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692210314
Publisher: Maya the Cat
Publication date: 05/20/2014
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

A ghostwriter of New York Times-bestselling YA fiction, Eric Laster is now optimistic that admitting his corporeal existence to the public won't be a bad thing. His greatest ambition is to wield his writing pencil much as the best deli-folk wield their foodstuffs-deliciously. "Welfy Q." might never have been completed if Eric hadn't shared an early draft with 5th - 7th graders at the CHIME Charter School in Woodland Hills, California, after a day-long appearance. Hello, CHIME students!

Originally from New York City, Eric now lives in Los Angeles, where he pens fiction and provides writing and editing services to publishing and marketing clients.

About the Illustrator

Originally from the Bavarian Alps, Max sold his beloved yodeling gear to fund a move to Los Angeles, where he has worked on animation for Disney, Dreamworks, Fox, Amblination, Jersey Films, and many other companies. He's the creative director at Pickle House, which is neither a house made of pickles nor a house in which pickles are pickled, but rather, a boutique agency specializing in animation. Married, with two children, he enjoys gulping tea and taking long skateboard rides in the park-often at the same time!

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Welfy Q. Deederhoth: Meat Purveyor, World Savior 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
barmakb More than 1 year ago
Welfy is a terrific read!  Without giving away anything, there is a great combination of a sic-fi and real world experiences in which the main character travels.  The characters have depth and are pretty darn funny.  I enjoyed it a grew deal and would recommend to young readers (10+)
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
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Urthwild More than 1 year ago
This copy was received from the publisher for an honest review. Welfy is an orphan failed by the welfare system, who runs away to live in the big apple, New York City, but don't let that put you off. He decides to relocate and leaves his various children's and foster homes behind to make his own way in the world. I don't think most of us could blame a boy who had lived in 31 homes in 2 years for trying another solution. Bargaining his work skills in exchange for food might not exactly be an ideal way to live his extremely young life, our hero doesn't know it yet, but he is about to embark on a dangerous adventure with Baloney. Welfy, meets young Harlan, who lives under a bridge and they soon become firm friends. Harlan shows him the ropes and helps him adapt to life on the streets and in exchange Welfy shows Harlan how to dodge deadly missiles which look remarkably like ketchup in an alternate universe. Aimed at everyone aged over 9 who likes reading about heroes, or even meat products. I may not be in the target age group that the author was aiming for, but that certainly never stopped me before. An enjoyable adventure with lots of death and action, I see no reason why this book cannot be enjoyed by both genders of Junior school age. There is a fitting end, but plenty of scope exists if the author decides to give young Welfy another outing, and I hope he does. Great Fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What do you get when you take a little Harry Potter and mix it with equal parts A Wrinkle in Time, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Star Wars?  Welfy Q. Deederhoth, that's what!  Our unsuspecting hero dons his deli apron filled with sausage (or not!) to save the world and find, in the end, what his heart has longed for.  It's been a long wait since Erasmus Twiddle for Eric Laster fans and his unique stories; Welfy Q. does not disappoint. The humorous dialogue between characters and imaginative plot will surely entertain middle readers who enjoy science fiction.  Moving between homeless teen culture in NYC and its historical neighborhoods and the land of the evil Ceparids, Welfy Q. learns the power of friendship and family and that “people of all ages – not just adults – have the power to help others.” Added fun are the decodable news articles written in Brundeedle at the end of the book.  
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Welfy Q. Deederhoth - Meat Purveyor, World Savior Author: Eric Laster Illustrator: Max Graenitz Publisher: Independent Book Publishers Association IBPA/Opsimath Press Published: 12-17-2013 ISBN: 9780985043728 E-Book: B00HEQ4ME8 Pages: 168 Genre: Children's Fiction Tags: Sci Fi & Fantasy Overall Rating: Great Reviewed For: NetGalley Reviewer: DelAnne Welfy Q. Deederhoth is a young boy who had lived in thirty-one foster homes in twenty-four months and had had enough. He now lives on the streets of New York. One day he walks into a deli one day looking for work in exchange for food. Each day he returns to Gramercy Deli to work until the day Morton offers him a permanent job and a place to sleep in back of the deli. All goes well until the night he accidentally falls through a portal to an alien world where he is proclaimed the one prophesied about, the savior of the Brundeedle people. A delightful story that Eric Laster has created to entice readers into a world of another race of people, with their own culture and language. They also are in a fight for survival. Mr. Lassiter touches on the life of homeless youth in New York and unfortunately the darker side of the foster care system. There are many humorous scenes in the story, but there is also few tearful and plenty of action both in New York and the Brundeedle world. My nieces and nephews from ages eight to thirteen all enjoyed this story each for different reasons. If you are looking for a story to appeal to young readers of various ages then take a good look at Welfy Q. Deederhoth - Meat Purveyor, World Savior. They are bound to devour it as did my nieces and nephews. I also admit that I too enjoyed the story as well, although not nearly as much as the younger readers did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book! It's fun and funny but deep. Mr. Laster's skilled and highly creative storytelling addresses issues of identity and belonging. Very satisfying.
Sofia_NW More than 1 year ago
I got this book free from Netgalley for an honest review.  Welfy Q. Deederhoth: Meat Purveryor, World Savior by Eric Laster is actually a very fun read. Its about a homeless kid name Welfy and battle to save an alien race from extinction. I thought having the hero as homeless kid was unique and not something you see much in children's novels. I really liked the characters and the adventure. My only complaint is the language spoken by the alien race. "xserashakhsk akjsaksa" just felt like a kid got a hold of the keyboard. Also the names Nnnn and Ffff were not pleasing to the reader's eyes. Other than that the story was really engaging and entertaining.  I would recommend this book to fans of the Pendragon series by D.J. MacHale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago