April 07, 2017

#BookReview: The Creature Department by @RPWeston

 
A hidden laboratory…

A brilliant invention…

A team of quite unusual creatures…

But can they save the department?

Elliot Von Doppler and his friend Leslie think nothing ever happens in Bickleburgh, except inside the gleaming headquarters of DENKi-3000—the world’s fifth-largest electronics factory.

Beneath the glass towers and glittering skywalks, there's a rambling old mansion from which all the company’s amazing inventions spring forth. And no one except Uncle Archie knows what’s behind the second-to-last door at the end of the hall.

Until Elliot and Leslie are invited to take a glimpse inside.

They find stooped, troll-like creatures with jutting jaws and broken teeth; tiny winged things that sparkle as they fly; and huge, hulking, hairy nonhumans (with horns). It is unlike anything they’ve ever seen!

But when Chuck Brickweather threatens to shut down the DENKi-3000 factory if a new product isn’t presented soon, the creatures know they are in danger. And when Uncle Archie vanishes, it’s up to Elliot, Leslie, and every one of the unusual, er, "employees" to create an invention so astonishing it will save The Creature Department.
 





Robert Paul Weston lives in London, England, in a crumbling old building, hidden behind shiny glass towers. He isn't sure if this is where the idea for DENKi-3000 Headquarters came from, but it's certainly possible. In 2008, he published his first novel-in-verse, Zorgamazoo, recipient of the California Young Reader’s Medal, the Silver Birch Award, the Children’s Choice Award, and an E.B. White Read Aloud Honor. His second novel was the hardboiled fairy tale, Dust City, which was nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Mystery. In February 2013, he published Prince Puggly of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff. Although he writes all of his books with a mechanical pencil, it's not electric and doesn't come with a telescopic lens. To learn even more about him, go to: www.robertpaulweston.com or follow him on Twitter @RPWeston.

Framestore is a visual effects studio based in London, New York, Los Angeles, and most recently Montreal. Their work can be seen in all eight of the Harry Potter films, Where the Wild ThingsWar Horse, and The Golden Compass, for which they won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. In New York, they recently worked on Ben Stiller’s new version of Walter Mitty. In London, they worked on Paddington BearGravity, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock; the samurai epic 47 Ronin, starring Keanu Reeves; and Jupiter Ascending by The Wachowskis. Iron Man 3 and Robocop were produced in Montreal. For more information, go to www.framestore.com


This is Endy! 

I kinda swore off middle grade books. Ya I am 12 but I really like the teen books more. But this one was pretty good.  I loved all the creatures and I couldnt put it down. The pacing was done well and the characters were great to.  I hope to have another book in this world but I am not holding by breath.  I love that my mom got to speak with the author a while ago.  I cant wait to read another one of his books. 










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