I would definitely recommend this book for middle grade readers, and even for the adults that want to read a book with their child. It’s definitely cute.
The Creature Department by Robert Paul Weston
Published: November 5th 2013 by Razorbill
Format/Source: Paperback ARC from BEA 2013
Genre: Middle Grade Paranormal
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.
Very cute and great for children!
In a small town, the biggest company around has its mysteries. When two children get the chance to find out its secrets, a troublesome merger threatens the future of the company.
At the time I was reading this, I was in one of the larger reading slumps that I have been in since I was in college 2 and a half years ago. Perhaps I was burnt out after trying to read so many books so fast for so long. (I know, I know, I read no where near as fast or as much as other book bloggers.)
I chose to read this book in hopes it would snap me out of the slump. It did it’s job. It was enjoyable and brought back some curiosity about what happens next in a story.
Even though my copy was the Advanced Reading Copy with draft illustrations, the pictures were so cool and definitely helped in imagining what the creatures looked like. I am very interested in seeing what the final illustrations turned out as.
I would definitely recommend this book for middle grade readers, and even for the adults that want to read a book with their child. It’s definitely cute. My cousins in England actually ordered this book after I read it and plan on having their son read it; which is awesome!