Sunday, January 3, 2016

#Sunday Status: Alistair Grim's Odd Aquaticum

Sunday Status is a weekly (ish) post where I let you know what I'm reading and what I'm thinking about it as I go along.

Alistair Grim's Odd Aquaticum
Gregory Funaro
Disney Hyperion, January 5, 2016
Source: ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I started this unaware that was the second book in a series when I requested it, but it hasn't been much of an issue so far.  I'm only about 80 pages or so in but I feel sufficiently caught up due to the back story that has been included.

Told from the point of view of Grubb, a young boy who up until recently was a chimney sweep, we are being introduced to the world of the Odditorium, a giant flying house (?), balloon (?), palace (?) filled with all sorts of odd items.  Many of them are dangerous and filled with magic.  There are also banshees, fairies, and talking pocket watches on board.  Grubb has only recently discovered that his father is THE Alistair Grim, inventor, wizard, collector, and captain of the Odditorium.  Now he is not only his son, but his apprentice as well and they are trying to outwit the evil Prince Nightshade, who may have been involved in a number of crimes and mysterious deaths all connected back to Alistair Grim and Grub.

So far so good.  This book will come on Tuesday and so far it seems like a great read for middle grades.  I think it would be great as a read aloud for younger readers also, but I haven't decided on that just yet.

Image Source: Goodreads

I'm also still reading Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen.  Check out my #Sunday Status on it from last week or the week before.

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