Not sure how many of you have heard of this book--I know I hadn't until my friend gave me the ARC--but I was hooked the second I saw the cover. I mean, I don't think there could be 3 more curious looking children--and then an 8-toed cat? Not to mention those dangling legs up in the corner. Feiwel and Friends books generally have awesome covers (see Lisa Mantchev's books for prime examples) but I think this is one of my favorites. Definitely made me want to find out what was going on.
Here's what the Publisher has to say about the book:
Life in a small town can be pretty boring when everyone avoids you like the plague. But after their father unwittingly sends them to stay with an aunt who's away on holiday, the Hardscrabble children take off on an adventure that begins in the seedy streets of London and ends in a peculiar seaside village where legend has it a monstrous creature lives who is half boy and half animal...
In this wickedly dark, unusual, and compelling novel, Ellen Potter masterfully tells the tale of one deliciously strange family and a secret that changes everything.
Now, I'll be honest. Thanks to Comic Con and packing and stuff I haven't had a chance to finish this book yet--and. it's. killing. me!!!! I even brought it with me to San Diego on the off chance that I had any time to squeeze a little reading in amongst all the geekiness. Here's hoping I will, because I want to know how it ends!!!
But I have read enough of the book to be able to say this: if you're a fan of Roald Dahl or Lemony Snickett you will love this book. I love eccentric characters, and when stories have narrators who talk to the reader--but only when it's well done. And Ellen Potter does it very well. The writing is witty, mysterious, and unique and makes me want to track down Potter's other books to give them a try. She's definitely made me a fan.
The Kneebone Boy hits stores September 14th and I highly recommend you consider giving it a chance.
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