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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Gecko Press (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1877579033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1877579035
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I only wish I could read it for the first time again.
Allison Dollar
The book is written in the third person and the unseen, very self-conscious, narrator is occasionally given to arch, precious or overwrought story telling.
Pop Bop
We read it out loud to each other, a few chapters each night.
K

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Lee on August 15, 2012
As a mother who screens everything her 13-year-old daughter reads, I have to admit, I wasn't as thrilled by "The Traveling Restaurant" as I had hoped, maybe because I had read a number of similar books pretty close together: Rupert Kingfisher's "Madame Pamplemousse" series (lovely); Geoff Rodkey's "Deadweather and Sunrise: Book 1: The Chronicles of Egg" (previously reviewed) and Lizzie K. Foley's "Remarkable" (also previously reviewed). I think if I had spaced them out in my reading, I would have enjoyed "The Traveling Restaurant" much better. In addition, since I am reading the unabridged version of "The Dream of the Red Chamber" for myself, it was pretty hard to get into Jasper's voyage to find his family, and in so doing, himself: Jasper is no Jia Baoyu (thank goodness)!!

That said, my flipping through these books has less to do with my own preferences than it does said daughter's enjoyment of reading material endorsed in our home - and "The Traveling Restaurant" is an excellent book by that measure: said daughter, with her extended appreciation for any theme she currently favours, loved the book.

I think "The Traveling Restaurant" would make a good read-aloud live-aboard adventure, especially if you like to add to the reading experience by cooking the dishes mentioned in the book (sadly, recipes are not included). Said daughter's review follows:

" 'The Traveling Restaurant: Jasper's Voyage in Three Parts' by Barbara Else is a funny, sweet read about how one boy searches for his baby sister, and ends up finding magic as well.

"12-year-old Jasper Ludlow is used to being overlooked by everyone except his baby sister, Sibilla.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 5, 2014
This is an odd sort of book with a unique voice that might or might not be appealing to your young reader/listener.

The plot is fairly straightforward and follows the usual ups and downs of a fantasy adventure. Jasper is a twelve year old who lives with his mother, father and baby sister in the Kingdom of Fontania. The Kingdom is ruled by a usurper, Lady Gall, who has eliminated magic and who rules by force. When Jasper's family is threatened by the ruler they flee on board a sailing vessel. In their haste they leave Jasper behind. He signs on to a different ship and goes off in search of his family. The ship he joins is odd indeed and its crew of ragtag misfits become his companions and share in his adventures. So far so good.

Jasper is a fine hero, his companions are interesting and distinct, and the adventures are ripping and imaginative.
It is the writing style that gives one pause. The book is written in the third person and the unseen, very self-conscious, narrator is occasionally given to arch, precious or overwrought story telling. The short sentences, and airy descriptions, and vaguely disconnected and artificial feeling remind one of a fairy tale. As I read this I kept envisioning a Julie Andrews type nanny reading this book in a clipped, prim or slightly sing song fashion, to her sleepy charges. Characters are often catching their breath, or turning pale, or sighing or feeling faint, such that the whole enterprise takes on a vague neo-Victorian caste. As a consquence the project feels very old-fashioned and distant, but also calm and sort of chummy. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it does suggest that this book and its sequel may have to be considered something of an acquired taste.
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By Dena on May 9, 2014
This is an interesting read. It's a middle grade novel about a boy named Jasper. His parents leave him behind when they flee from the clutches of an evil Provisional Queen. He finds refuge on a small vessel called The Traveling Restaurant. With the help of the boat's Captain and Polly (the only other crew member), he goes in search of his lost family members while trying to elude the grasp of the Queen.

The book is well written and the plot is somewhat entertaining. There are bursts of excitement, usually when the Restaurant pulls into harbor, or when they meet another ship on the Old Ocean. Between these bursts, parts of the story tend to drag. The content is clean, and the characters are generally likable, yet elusive. Nobody answers questions—at least not honestly.

This book is for a specific type of reader. I can't decide if I liked it or not. If you have access to the book (like through your library), give it a shot. You may love it.

Content: clean
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By K on January 27, 2013
My 9 y.o. son picked this book out at the library just because of the cover. We read it out loud to each other, a few chapters each night. It was enjoyable for both of us. Good story, engaging characters, some humor, some mystery, and lots of adventure. Strong male AND females characters which you don't often find in books for this age bracket. I think both girls and boys would enjoy The Traveling Restaurant. Personally, I'm hoping for a sequel.
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By Allison Dollar on July 9, 2013
This is the sort of book that every kid should read. Even kids who are old enough to read it on their own will enjoy having this one read aloud to them. It's a great adventure story, exciting with all sorts of twists and turns. I only wish I could read it for the first time again.
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