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Warren the Xiiith: The All Seeing Eye (Warren the 13th) Hardcover – 24 Nov 2015
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"An engaging mystery to unravel, with a few nice twists and surprises along the way. . . . It's a fair bet that for many the main attraction of Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye will be Staehle's lavish illustrations."--New York Times Book Review
"A whimsical mystery with a lot of heart and spine-tingling illustrations, this novel will circulate as soon as children open it."--School Library Journal, Starred Review
"An adventure with echoes of classic children's titles like Raskin's The Westing Game and Dahl's The Witches. . . . Stylish, exciting, funny, and just slightly macabre, this entertaining novel bodes well for Warren's future adventures."--Publishers Weekly
"All the delicious chaos of Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye--first of a planned series--is wonderfully cloaked in a Victorian sensibility and design, a bit of Edward Gorey, a bit of Tim Burton."--Shelf Awareness
"Just the ticket for fans of Unfortunate Events in dim corridors and murky subterranean chambers."--Kirkus Reviews "No amount of care was spared in this truly charming, wonderfully spun middle-grade adventure."--Karin Snelson, Shelf Awareness Pro "Original, funny . . . it reminded me partly of Hotel Transylvania mixed with Coraline."--Joseph, Age 11 "This story is absolutely enchanting and is a must-have for any child who enjoys adventure and magic, whether this book is read to them or they read it for themselves."--New York Journal of Books
"You'll fall in love."--BlogHer "You don't have to be a middle grade reader to fall for Warren and his desire to save his beloved family hotel (and home) from the clutches of his evil step-aunt."--Beth Fish Reads "You know those rare books that keep you guessing all the way through? Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye is exactly that: surprising, delightful, upbeat, with a terrific young hero. Good, clean, mysterious fun."--Bookfoolery "Young and old(ish) alike will be charmed by Warren the 13th, the puzzles, the stories, and the illustrations. The mysteries are perfect for the whole family"-Beth Fish Reads
About the Author
Tania Del Rio is a professional comic book writer and artist who has spent the past 10 years writing 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. Will Staehle is the designer behind Stars and Swipes and Hugs and Misses (both, Quirk, 2014). He lives in Seattle.
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It has a sense of wonderment and awe that will capture the imagination of any reader. The writing and characters are vividly drawn, and so engaging. The lovingly detailed artwork compliments the story so well and is worth poring over in detail.
Highly recommended. Cannot wait for the sequel.
Start with our orphan hero, Warren. He's physically unattractive, but has the heart of a lion. Loyal, bright, friendly, resourceful, stubborn and kind, he is a fairy tale hero. (And this is a fairy tale - no cell phones, school daze humor, social angst, or other modern touches.) Our villain is a cartoonishly mean and dim drama queen. Just the right kind of villain to suggest a little shiver of evil, but ripe to be defeated by a hero like Warren.
Set the action in a gloomy and dilapidated hotel, with enough abandoned corridors and basement rooms to contain all sorts of deviltry. Add a garden maze. And a deep dark wood. Set everyone in search of a missing legendary thingamajig, ownership of which will assure mastery of something important.
Then drift in one direction by introducing a huge cast of loony new characters who have learned about the thingamajig and have descended on the hotel to join the search. Head in another direction and give Warren some fantastic and magical helpers. Also give him some reliable adults in whom he can confide and from whom he can secure guidance. Also, give him an unexpected friend.
Build up the pace as the story progresses. Keep the action clear and focused. Lots of tension and suspense, but in short punchy chapters. Don't write down to your readers, but tell the story in clear, complex sentences with a vocabulary that encourages the reader to step up his game a little. Avoid irony and sarcasm and cute asides - tell your ripping story directly and without apology.
And as the icing on the cake wrap this all up in a lovely Victorian bow with an elegant two-column per page layout and amusing, atmospheric sketches.
That's what you get here. It's a triumph of storytelling without a single false note or mistep. This could be a middle grade reader's favorite book.
Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
This Middle-grade book is excellent for this time of year the illustrations and story are quite dark- there is an eerie tone set to this book and definitely a Halloween book – it’s not scary but it has witches and other spooky beings.
This book is action packed with loads of fun stuff to read about – Warren has to go on quests and solve mysteries to help him save his beloved hotel that Aunt Annaconda is trying to take over. Supposedly there is an All-seeing eye in this hotel but nobody knows what it is and where exactly to find it – but this all-seeing eye contains a treasure – a treasure so powerful that he can’t let his awful aunt get her hands on it.
This book has a lot going on in it and a varied amount of characters that it doesn’t leave the reader bored for a moment and there is a mystery that you are trying to unravel whilst reading. There are some meaner characters such as Aunt Annaconda and her sisters but then we have other ones that are there for the young heir and help him.
I loved the fact that this book had illustrations and that it complemented the story very well, they were very dark, gothic style and used a darker palette – I just wish at some point I can read the physical copy.
Overall this is a great middle-grade novel,it’s fast paced and intriguing with an eclectic range of characters and will be appreciated by children and adults of any age.
I rated this 4 out of 5 stars
If you enjoy sharing stories with your kids and are looking for a book that will keep their imaginations captive, may I recommend this one. Warren is the bellhop for the Warren hotel, which has fallen into repair after falling under the control of his clueless uncle and his nasty Aunt Anaconda. The adventures he has trying to solve the mystery of the hidden treasure in the hotel and save the place that he loves are so exciting and enjoyable that you won't want to stop reading until the very end.
This book is not tremendously long so would be ideal for children who are just beginning with chapter books. The characters are engaging, the story is unique and the ending is full of just the right amount of danger and happy ending.
I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good story for their kids, or even just for themselves.
This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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