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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Barnaby Grimes

Barnaby Grimes: Curse of the Night Wolf by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

From the creators of the Edge Chronicles comes a new tale of adventure. Barnaby Grimes is a tick-tock lad in nineteenth century London who spends his days working as something between a messenger and delivery boy. One night while climbing over the rooftops of the city (that being the fastest way to get around sometimes) Barnaby encounters a huge wolf that is out for blood. Barnaby is somehow able to kill it but gets wounded in the process. The memory of that ferocious beast in the middle of London makes Barnaby suspicious and he sets out to find some answers. His quest for the truth takes him all over London and almost costs him his life before he is able to solve the mystery.

I liked this book. I tried to read the Edge Chronicles from these authors and just could not get into the story or the characters so I was a bit skeptical of liking this series either. However, I loved it. This is the perfect mystery adventure for young boys . It has the right about of intrigue and mystery paired with adventure and puzzle solving. Barnaby is a character that is easy to relate to and you like him from the beginning. I wasn't sure how I felt about the story beginning at the end with Barnaby then going back and recounting it to the reader but it did work well. The illustrations are great and help to give a slightly gory morbid feel to the whole book which fits the mindset of the kids who will be reading it. The next book in the series is already out and I cannot wait to read and see what Barnaby gets involved in next. Highly recommend for boys ages 8-12

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