Monday, May 24, 2010
ALEX AND THE IRONIC GENTLEMAN by Adrienne Kress
What has pirates, a faceless man, an Extremely Ginormous Octopus, musical numbers that include "jazz hands", a cat named Giggles, a talking refrigerator, and a bunch of old ladies bent on revenge? Why, Alex and the Ironic Gentleman, of course.
And that doesn't even scratch the surface. This book is a lovely rollercoaster ride. It runs at a fast pace and bounces you from one thing to the next so quickly, you might just want to buckle your seatbelt.
Alex is a sixth-grade girl who doesn't mind that everyone--especially adults--mistake her for a boy. Because she has a bowl haircut. And her name is Alex. It's understandable.
However, she does mind that the only adult she seems to get along with, aside from her uncle who raised her, has been kidnapped by pirates. Say it ain't so! She then takes it upon herself to rescue him, and so the story begins. And once you've started, you won't want to stop.
This book was an absolute delight to read, and highly recommended for the age group it targets (9-12), and then some. My six year-old thought it was great, but I had to read it to him (it is a bit word heavy for early readers).
For more about this book and this author:
Adrienne Kress - website
Alex and the Ironic Gentleman
Timothy and the Dragon's Gate