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The Curious Misadventures of Feltus Ovalton [Paperback]

Jo Treggiari
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Book Description

15 Oct 2006
This quirky, dexterous novel for tweens has plenty of magic,
fantasy, and richly developed characters that range from the angelic to the
absurd. In addition to offering hilarious and magical plot lines, the book
also touches upon themes such as heroism, bullying, family dysfunction, and
the importance of friendship.

Product details

  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Lobster Press (15 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897073437
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897073438
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 12.9 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,407,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Feltus Ovalton LeRoi is a bit of a loner with a chip on his shoulder.
With no friends at school and parents who ignore him, Feltus hides out
in his room, reading comics and wishing for something - anything -
exciting to happen.

Then with a ring of doorbell and a loud "Wex Lethoo Radok!"
Great Aunt Eunida appears ... and everything changes. Feltus knows
there is something very peculiar - and possibly dangerous - about his
Great Aunt, but he doesn't quite know what it is. Nor does he know
that there are secret entrances to his dining room and kitchen that are
used by entities from other dimensions. And Feltus definitely does
not know what happens when you mess with magic.
But he's about to find out!

About the Author

Author Jo Treggiari was born in London, England, and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. She started revising classic fairy tales at age eight, making the baddies really, really bad, and giving the princesses more grit. Jo spent several years in San Francisco, where she trained as a boxer, wrote for punk magazines, and owned her own record label. She now lives in Woodstock, New York, with her husband, Marcus, and son, Milo, and still enjoys shadow boxing when she's not working at her local bookstore. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical, uplifting, action-packed and hilarious 22 Nov 2006
Feltus is really a likeable chap, eventhough he doesn't think so. Follow his adventures in his world and others. He lives with his parents in a pristine New York apartment. That is until the arrival of his "crazy" Great-Aunt Eunida. She is a smelly, dirty old woman with an instatiable appetite for stomach-churning food combinations. She is not all she seems however.

He is not happy at home and even less so at school. There he is terrorised by bullies and just tries to be invisible from one day to the next.

When a race of PoodleRats discover that he is their saviour everything changes. He flits between his world and theirs with many adventures in between. Finally, he fits in and is needed and appreciated by someone.

This book is a joy and I think it will become a classic. It is so well written with extremely evocative character descriptions. You wouldn't want to be Feltus but to read about his life is very entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book has something for everyone! 22 Feb 2007
By April Schlenk - Published on Amazon.com
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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars step aside JK Rowling! 10 Jan 2007
By isisimages - Published on Amazon.com
My son and I loved this book! I have no doubt that this author has more 'Feltus' lurking up her sleeve or in her pen or under her typewriter or in some portal somewhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for parents and kids 5 Dec 2006
By Alison - Published on Amazon.com
This book has everything: adventure, suspense, lots of humor -- and plenty of imagination. Feltus also has an edge to it, a sophistication so many other children's books lack, so parents can enjoy it as well as their kids. Feltus himself is a wonderful, flawed hero -- an outsider at school who I'm sure many young readers could relate to. My daughter and I read the book together, and both of us loved it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing modern fantasy 31 Mar 2009
By David T. Washburn - Published on Amazon.com
I acquired this book for a student of mine who enjoyed the Potter series, Funke's dragons, Narnia and other fantasy books. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading the book myself before giving it away. The characters are vivid and interesting from the start and the book is full of novel inventions to intrigue a young reader. The world building and the evolution of the characters ultimately makes the story a success. Feltus evolves, changes and grows as a person, validating his heroism at the end of the story.

My young student enjoyed the book and it has found a place on his shelf, perhaps to be taken down and reread in the future.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rats Forever 19 Mar 2008
By Book Monkey - Published on Amazon.com
I'm old and cranky, and don't read kid's books for my own amusement, unless I read them to my 5-year old son. Having said that, I stumbled upon "Feltus" and couldn't put it down - I derived a non-adulturated grown-up pleasure from that book that took me back to my childhood and beyond. So I have no choice but to recommend this wonderful sample of "children literature" to all adults who may wish to remember that there was a time in our life, however long ago, which was enchanting and mythical, and which no cranky grown-up could comprehend or mess up. Oh, yes, you could also read it to your kid. Maybe he or she would like you a bit more. Rats forever!
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