Mark Bousquet lives in Reno, Nevada with his dog, Darwin. Born and raised in Winchendon, Massachusetts, he earned two Bachelor's degrees at Syracuse University, a Masters at the University of New Hampshire, and a Ph.D. from Purdue University. You can keep updated on all of his travel writing at themarkbousquet.com, read his movie reviews at atomicanxiety.wordpress.com, and his all adventure-driven all ages books at bigorangetoybox.com.
To date, he has published three children's novels: Adventures of the Five: The Coming of Frost, Adventures of the Five: The Christmas Engine, and Stuffed Animals for Hire: The Christmas Operation.
He has also published the following novels: Gunfighter Gothic: Blood of the Universe (a weird western), The Haunting of Kraken Moor (19th century horror), Harpsichord and the Wormhole Witches (cosmic pulp), and Dreamer's Syndrome: Into the New World and Rise of the First Woman: A Dreamer's Syndrome Anthology (urban fantasies).
As ever this author has some great ideas. This is sort of an 'A Team' story in which the main characters are stuffed animals. He's thought through the implications of this (e.g. a stuffed animal dies if it loses too much of its stuffing) and the characters and their interactions are great fun. I enjoyed the story very much. I did find a bit distracting that the point of view changes between characters, sometimes mid scene, and I thought the human characters weren't as well portrayed as the ones of the animals. But I could see kids enjoying this very much.
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