At first, when reading "The Curious Misadventures of Feltus Ovalton," I found myself comparing it to other stories like Harry Potter, A Wrinkle in Time, etc and I kept trying to predict what would happen next based on those other stories. Pretty soon, though, I was so immersed in the characters and their adventures, that all I thought about was what was coming on the next page. I love to root for the underdog, and this book not only had plenty of those, but they each were an intriguing mix of lovable, pathetic, brave, weird, and sometimes gross qualities. Feltus, himself, was one of those kids whose bratty attitude I initially found annoying, but as I got to know him, I realized how much his cynicism was a survival strategy for getting through childhood. Ultimately, I think Feltus reminds me of myself, and for that I love him!
The otherworldly creatures and magical phenomena in the story were a lot of fun and were refreshingly original. They were just fantastical enough to be intriguing, and just realistic enough to be believable. Well, not believable like I'm looking for portals to other worlds under my sink, but believable like, households in our culture have so much waste going out in trash cans and garbage disposal units, that a whole other culture probably could survive off our refuse!
All in all, this book is definitely worth checking out. It has something for everyone... magic and adventure, social commentary, as well as a misfit/hero/rebel/regular kid to identify with. I look forward to Feltus' next adventures!