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Kid vs. Squid Hardcover – May 11, 2010
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This book is really really really wonderful because it is fun to read and hilarious. The plot was probably the most creative plot that you will read this year. For example, that everybody turns out to be happy, instead of one victory. It's not just good guys versus bad guys.
Books usually have two characters, but this one has three main characters, Thatcher is the main-main character, Trudy is important, and Shoal is quite important, too. Trudy is a bit of a hero; she's the one saying what Skalla the witch wants. All the characters are hilarious, and Thatcher is funny because he uses his talking as a weapon and also it's hilarious that he thinks that the kelp-farming implement is a "sword." I loved that part.
I loved a lot more things about this book which I can't even name right now. I would recommend this book to kids who like funny fantasy adventures. It's my favorite book of the year so far.
The museum reminded me of Marsh's Museum at Longbeach, Washington, back when I was a little girl and all the music player machines worked and it had a lot more nasty things in jars than it does now. The whale skeleton has disintegrated, the museum has moved across the street, and the aisles have widened. But it is still the home of Jake the alligator boy.
One slowly finds out the entire town is a museum of oddities, and then there is Atlantis, and a princess, and badboy squids. And then comes battle. And then....
I was surprised by the ending. It doesn't end with a lot of slashing and cutting. Oh wait, there is cutting. But not the kind you are thinking of. I was so pleased that Thatcher could go beyond dichotomies and find a third way.
I can recommend this book to anybody who likes fantasy.
Middle-school age Thatcher has been sent to his Uncle Griswald's in Las Huesas, California for the summer. The beach town is oddly empty of beach-goers and Uncle Griswald lives in a tiny "museum" filled with shrunken heads, ships in bottles, strangely shaped bodies, and a "What-is-it" box he isn't supposed to look into.
Things turn even stranger within a few pages as the box is stolen by young girl and soon Thatcher, the burglar (who turns out to be a princess), and another young girl (Trudy) are caught up in an ancient curse, the fall of Atlantis, and a battle against the head of a witch (yes, just the head) and her sea creature minions.
The plot is fast-paced and pretty straightforward and there isn't much time between events, especially at the close which feels a bit over-rushed and busy. The characters are clear but not particularly deep or rich. Thatcher tells us he's a sarcastic, sometimes funny kid who uses words as defense/weapons (sometimes to a fault), but his wry humor is hit and miss throughout--sometimes right on and sometimes feeling forced or falling flat. And one never feels particularly attached to him. The same is true of Shoal, the princess, who is off-stage for the vast majority of the book.Read more ›
When a mysterious girl steals the What-Is-It, Thatcher catches up with her and confronts her about her theft. When she tells him that she is the princess of Atlantis and is cursed to stay in the water all winter and run the stands along the boardwalk during the summer, Thatcher decides to help her, but ends up wrapped up in the curse himself!
Can Thatcher and the princess save themselves and Atlantis before it's too late? What really is the What-Is-It?
This is a fast-paced, humorous adventure. The characters are well-developed, and the story is unique and entertaining. Reluctant and avid readers alike who enjoy adventure, fantasy, and fast-moving stories will all enjoy reading KID VS. SQUID.
Reviewed by: Kira M
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It was a good book but I would say 9 and up. But still very very very very very good.Published 13 months ago by R. Larson
Great book. very fictional but amusing. adventurous, mystic many kids 10 or over would love this book (has some hard words so)Published on January 10, 2014 by Trouble
Great book suggest it for anyone who likes fiction
Should read this book if not their is something wrong with you
Fun read for me and my son with some laugh out loud moments. My son thought it was exciting. I liked that kindness won out in the end.Published on September 9, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This book hit the spot for the tween boy reader! My boys loved it, it had action, comedy, suspense. Best of all, it kept my boy's attention the entire time they read it.Published on February 7, 2013 by Amazon Customer