Friday, January 10, 2014

The Qwikpick Papers - a "New" Old Novel by Tom Angleberger

Happy Friday.  As I told you back on Monday, (you did read that post didn't you? - No!  Well get yourself scrolled down and take a look!  Don't worry, I'm not going anywhere.) Friday is Retro Day.  I will be posting older reviews to remind you of great books I wrote about almost two years ago (gosh time flies), and also looking back at some classics from when we were kids.

This week I have a book that I wrote about a few years back.  It is being rereleased with a swanky new cover (thank you T. Jonkers). Why?  Well it is written by Tom Angleberger, illustrious author of the Origami Yoda series, who is now a hot commodity and his publishers are hoping his first book will be a big seller.  Back then he was going by Sam Riddleburger, so let's just say no one was getting the connection and grabbing this book off the shelf.   Oh, and they also added "Poop" to the title, a guarantee of big sales.  Let's see what I had to say!

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Title:       The Qwikpick Adventure Society

Author:   Sam Riddleburger

Target:    Grade 3-5

Series:     No

What this book is about:
Lyle and his friends meet at the Qwikpick break room (where his parents work) on a regular basis after school.  With nothing to do on Christmas Day - one set of parents has to work, another is Jewish and the final member is a Jehova’s Witness - they decide to have an adventure and say farewell to the sludge fountain which is being closed at the sewage plant to make room for new technology.  A farewell to a fountain of poop as it were!

Why I love this book:
First, a fountain of poop is really too good to pass up.  I was also very curious about the first book written by the author of the hit Origami Yoda series.  

It was a fun adventure and quite nicely done with just enough of a gross factor, that never went overboard.  I also quite enjoyed the fact that despite the financial and religious differences between the characters, those issues never became central to the story and were simply an aspect of the characters.  

Who this book is for:
Reluctant readers will enjoy this book because the story and layout do not feel overwhelming.  Kids who want a story about good kids, like them, having regular kid adventures will also enjoy this book.

Final thoughts:
A fountain of poop, really enough said!

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: The Qwikpick Papers: Poop Fountain!  A portion of each purchase will go to support this blog at no cost to you.  This is the new, improved version so for now, only preorders.

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