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Duke & Michel: The Mysterious Corridor (The Adventures of a Basset Hound & a Coming of Age Skateboarder (For Preteens) Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Elias Zapple , Elliott Beavan
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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THE FIRST BOOK IN THE DUKE & MICHEL SERIES

A HILARIOUS, ACTION-PACKED ROLLER COASTER OF A RIDE!


DUKE & MICHEL: THE MYSTERIOUS CORRIDOR

Skateboarder Michel is freaking out as his cousin Romain has gone missing. Michel sticks his head through a hole in the garden fence and is sucked into a giant vortex. He ends up in a mysterious corridor, with doors leading to strange worlds. He also meets Duke, a food-obsessed, sarcastic Basset Hound dog, who is searching for his brothers. Together they hunt for their missing relatives, unaware that they are also being hunted by the Master, a villain with a dandruff problem.

>>>>'I do believe Elias Zapple has the potential to be a force to be reckoned with in the Preteen Market, his assassin slugs taking out rivals notwithstanding...' Top 500 Reviewer.

Follow Duke & Michel as they visit Skaters' Paradise, Planet Football, Candy Land, Nap Land and many other alien worlds... including the dreaded School.

>>>>'Where Zapple shines is his edgy, crusty, tinged with dark humor writing style...' Top 100 Reviewer.

>>>>A fresh and exuberant fantasy adventure for Pre-teens. Top 100 Reviewer.

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About the Author

Elias Zapple was not born in 1922, as some would have you believe. His date of birth is not really relevant anyway. What is relevant is that he arose out of a tulip that was growing in some old granny's garden in Camberwell. How he got to be in a tulip is not really clear, nor is it clear how he got out of the tulip, and years later wrote the smash hit musical, 'Love, be a Stranger', which was an international flop. After that success, he went on to work as a 19th century Victorian chimney sweep, when he was inspired to write the acclaimed series of books entitled 'Duke & Michel'. It is believed the fumes from the chimneys did so much damage to Elias, that it was a miracle he ever ate a cupcake again. Later, he travelled back in time to the present, and went on a series of trips to many foreign and distant lands. During these travels, Elias met and listened to many interesting people, choosing to ignore all of them. He did, however, learn a couple of things: i) the earth is flat; and ii) you should never eat a banana when it's not ripe. Many questions are often asked by his adoring public. Are you human? How many chimpanzees can fit inside a fridge? What is that thing growing on the side of your head? To which Mr Zapple has always smiled, turned away and swam off into the sunset; having only once been bitten by an unfriendly shark. Elias Zapple continues to work towards the unification of Korea, and writing children's stories that parents will spend huge sums of money on. He wishes you all to know that every penny made from the books will go straight into his bank account, which he will then spend on a lavish, new tent. For more Zappleness and the latest news on all of Zapple's books, please visit www.eliaszapple.com

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More About the Author

Elias Zapple was not born in 1922, as some would have you believe. His date of birth is not really relevant anyway. What is relevant is that he arose out of a tulip that was growing in some old granny's garden in Camberwell. How he got to be in a tulip is not really clear, nor is it clear how he got out of the tulip, and years later wrote the smash hit musical, 'Love, be a Stranger', which was an international flop.

After that success, he went on to work as a 19th century Victorian chimney sweep, when he was inspired to write the acclaimed series of books entitled 'Duke & Michel'. It is believed the fumes from the chimneys did so much damage to Elias, that it was a miracle he ever ate a cupcake again.

Later, he travelled back in time to the present, and went on a series of trips to many foreign and distant lands. During these travels, Elias met and listened to many interesting people, choosing to ignore all of them. He did, however, learn a couple of things: i) the earth is flat; and ii) you should never eat a banana when it's not ripe.

Many questions are often asked by his adoring public. Are you human? How many chimpanzees can fit inside a fridge? What is that thing growing on the side of your head? To which Mr Zapple has always smiled, turned away and swam off into the sunset; having only once been bitten by an unfriendly shark.

Elias Zapple continues to work towards the unification of Korea, and writing children's stories that parents will spend huge sums of money on. He wishes you all to know that every penny made from the books will go straight into his bank account, which he will then spend on a lavish, new tent.

For more Zappleness and the latest news on all of Zapple's books, please visit www.eliaszapple.com

Customer Reviews

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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From the moment Michel hurtles through a vortex and lands on a talking Basset Hound called Duke, you know that this book is going to be filled with humour, fast-paced action and imaginative fun (not to mention a sprinkling of Duke's sarcasm!)

The book makes use of "cool" language that will appeal to pre-teens (ideal for encouraging reluctant readers in the targeted age range to actually pick up a book.) These include skateboarding and texting terms that as an "uncool" adult I shan't even pretend to understand! Despite my linguistic ignorance, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this madcap adventure, and am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Without giving too much away as far as the plot is concerned, I feel I must mention the "shopping with grannies" punishment plan. Little details like this had me laughing out loud, and I am sure they will be enjoyed by both kids, and by those of us who vaguely remember being kids!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trials & Tribulations 13 Aug 2013
By D. Elliott TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Intriguing and imaginative? Yes - but looking for grown-ups logic in `Duke & Michel: The Mysterious Corridor' may lead to disappointment, yet for young readers there is non-stop roller-coaster action and fizzling dialogue. Language is directed at today's text generation and `Duke & Michel: The Mysterious Corridor' is excellent narrative for a likely target age group of 7 to 11 year olds. Generally the characters are well crafted and evoke sympathy or hostility (but not indifference) with easy differentiation between friend and foe - yet all may not be as initially envisaged!

As he falls through a vortex, meets weird individuals and groups, experiences bizarre situations, escapes on a skateboard, faces up to evil etc. 12 year old main protagonist Michel endures a variety of terrible trials and tribulations. He forms an alliance and is accompanied on his nightmare ordeal by a talking dog, Duke, who is the source of much humour with scathing quips and witticisms about humans. Amidst the suspense of a compelling and gripping adventure story the ongoing puzzle is just whatever can happen next - and how will Michel survive. Though `Duke & Michel: The Mysterious Corridor' is not a complete stand-alone book, readers will welcome how everything is set up for another mind-bending sequel. Perhaps reviews by non-adults not too concerned with logic would award 5-stars?
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth about Basset Hounds 7 July 2013
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I know this is meant to be a children's book, but when I stared reading, just to check it was suitable, I couldn't stop. And I am most definitely adult. Sorry kids, my turn first. This book made me laugh a lot, the humour is so original. I challenge anyone to resist Duke, the most irritating, fascinating talking animal I've ever encountered. Elias Zapple has a wild imagination and he doesn't hold back. Michel and the constantly annoying, but strangely lovable, Duke travel along the corridor searching for three year old Romain. They meet some characters who should become classics. Including the dreadful Master and his sidekick Mr Flagstad. Have to go as my kindle is being snatched by a very determined seven year old....
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Altenative Wonderland 30 Aug 2013
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Although this book is meant to be a children book, as a teenage, I enjoy it very much. This book includes a lot of fantasy worlds that most people dream of. To be honest, I actually want to visualize the things in the book. The things in the book are all really creative; yet a lot of concepts of the book have already been used, but the structures of the things are really new. This is what make the book great. The book uses concepts that books always use, but it uses some more alternative structures which we have never thought of. The book is just telling us an alternative Wonderland. In additional, the author uses words easy to read to make it even better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Takes me back to my childhood 28 Aug 2013
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This is a very funny book, not just for kids but for anybody with a sense of humour. It has a touch of Family Guy about it, it's that funny. Duke's a fantastic character with some great lines and I was literally laughing out loud with some of the things he said. In fact, there's a lot of characters with some really funny, crazy dialogue. The story was interesting and definitely something that'll hook kids. Great stuff.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read 31 Aug 2013
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I read this with my nephew and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. The writing is sharp and imaginative with sizzling, witty dialogue and creative characters. My nephew loved the different worlds Duke & Michel visited as well as the characters they met along the way. Unfortunately, because my nephew loved Duke so much, he now wants a Basset Hound and won't stop going on about it :(

Anyway, it's a great read for kids - the language, vernacular and style is geared towards them. But it is also a fun book for adults - especially those that can put their pretentiousness aside and enjoy it for what it is; a book for children.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots and lots of fun characters 10 Jun 2014
By Ka Wai
Format:Kindle Edition
First I have to say that I love Duke. He's the soul of this book and is so incredibly witty, scathing and obnoxious - kids will love him but not as much as he loves himself. This book is set at a fast pace with thrills and spills all the way as Michel goes in search of his young cousin with the help of duke, a dog, who is searching for his brothers. They visit many fantasy worlds and have to do battle with an evil schoolmaster leading up to an exciting climax. I don't know if a book can have too many good characters but this book has lots. It's a riot from beginning to end. Worth checking out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
If you stick your head through a garden fence, get sucked into a vortex and land on a basset hound dog - life has got be pretty funny right? Read more
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I have friends who have older children, and you know what they say, read what they are reading to be able to converse on their level! Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A PERFECT READ FOR A PRE-TEEN!
This was recommended to me and am I glad it was.It's a perfect adventure for my nine year old grandson. Read more
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