It’s always fun to read a book that you know won’t disappoint, and then it doesn’t. I came across a book recently that I thought might be that kind of story. I managed to get my hands on a review copy, and was very glad that I did. I enjoyed it from cover to cover. The book is A Whole Nother Story by Dr. Cuthbert Soup, who happens to be President of the National Center for Unsolicited Advice. Dr. Soup tells the gripping tale of the Cheeseman family and their adventures while running from spies and government agents. And a monkey. See, they have to protect their not-quite-yet-working time machine. Hilarity ensues.
Jokes abound in this book. If you take yourself very seriously, perhaps this isn’t the book for you. But if you’re in the mood for a lot of silliness and reading about a really interesting and quirky family, then it’s perfect. Some of the jokes you see coming, but you laugh anyway, in spite of yourself. Many jokes you don’t see coming, and those are the ones that made me laugh out loud, involuntarily, often in a room full of people. Oops. Fortunately no one stared. Too long. The story isn’t just jokes, though. There is plenty of action. Fairly nonstop action, actually.
I seem to be drawn to books aimed at the 8-12 year old range, which this book falls in. But do not think that you should only let your kids read this book. Grown-ups, read this book first. Then you’ll understand the bursts of laughter coming from their rooms. Just when you think the author has milked a joke for all it is worth, he milks it one more time, in a good way.
A Whole Nother Story is a very quick read. The chapters are short enough for kids to read in one sitting, or for grown-ups who are in a hurry. Also, between many of the chapters are fun little interludes/side bars that tell stories that are peripherally related to the main story.
Wired: This book is a rollicking good time, contains silly fun for kids and grown-ups alike, is interesting and quirky, is a good price.
Tired: You’ll finish the book more quickly than you’d like!