Sunday, March 27, 2011
Riotous Laughter But Not Twaddle
There are so many books out there that are goofy and...junk. However, A Whole Nother Story is goofy and hilarious, but not as Charlotte Mason would say, twaddle. It is well-written with good vocabulary, an exploration of family dynamics, colorful characters, witty jokes, and time travel so you know you'll need to use your brain.
The story is told by Dr. Cuthbert Soup, founder of the National Center for Unsolicited Advice. Dr. Cuthbert introduces us to the Cheeseman Family who are on the run from corporate goons known only by numbers and an international spy whose partner is a chimp trained to impersonate other animals. We eventually learn that Mr. and Mrs. Cheeseman invented a time machine, which many interested parties (named above) want to steal. Mrs. Cheeseman was poisoned and killed, but if Mr. Cheeseman can get the time machine running again, they will be able to go back in time and save her. This compelling chase adventure and suspenseful mystery are interrupted occasionally with some timely advice from Dr. Soup. These segments add even more laughs to an already funny book. If you want my advice, read this book!
About every other day, my kids ask me to read the sequel Another Whole Nother Story. And we'll be reading it very soon. (We have to finish Detectives in Togas first.)