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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Book Review: Whales on Stilts by M.T. Anderson

Anderson, M.T. Whales on Stilts. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2006.

“Oh, great, great. Where you planning on going?” asked Larry, opening the fridge, and pulling out a large vat of green brine and lifting it over his head.
“We’re going to go visit Lily’s grandmother in Decentville.”
“You from there?” asked Larry.
“My wife.”
“Oh great, great,” said Larry, dumping the vat of brine over his head so it soaked his grain sack and his suit. He put down the empty metal vat. “Oh, wait a second. Wait a second, Gefelty. Just thought of something. By then, I will have taken over the world, and Decentville, er, you know…” Larry made a noise that sounded like several large futuristic lasers blowing up the Decentville police station and the Bijou Theater and the rest of the town being engulfed in flames and destruction as car alarms went off and deserted burning alleyways.
Lily’s father bit his lip. “Aw, shoot,” he said. “Well, we’ll reschedule.”

When Lily goes with her father for Career Day, she discovers his crazy boss is possibly a whale and planning on taking over the world by bringing whales on land and giving them lasers to destroy entire cities.

Wacky books, sort of a parody of action adventure novels. Adults are utterly clueless, and it’s up to Lily and her two already-famous friends to save the day. These books are tons of fun, backed by solid writing that we expect from an award-winning author like M.T. Anderson. For the kids that love Louis Sachar's humor and Rick Riordan's adventure, these are perfect books.

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