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The Magnificent Flying Baron Estate (The Bizarre Baron Inventions) Hardcover – May 16, 2017
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"Beginning with the table of contents that hosts the creatively named chapters―such as “I Felt Like a Marshmallow Wrapped in a Doily”―The Magnificent Flying Baron Estate is an entertaining middle grade novel set in 1891 in the wild west.
Waldo Baron, or W.B. as his parents call him, hates his name more than eating pickled pigs feet for supper. He is heavyset and doesn’t do well in the heat. And to top it all off, his science-minded Pa and mathematical-minded Ma have very anachronistic ideas that pose quite the challenge for Waldo. He doesn’t take science particularly seriously, but his parents are inventors. Together they all live in the Baron Estate in Pitchfork, Arizona Territory. Pitchfork is the hot and dry home of the legendary Sheriff Graham, who is best known for capturing the most wanted criminal in America, Benedict Blackwood. One morning, Waldo awakens to see only blue from his bedroom window. He discovers that his parents have worked out how to make the Baron Estate float―no, fly! His parents enter a flying contest and action-packed havoc ensues when they end up being kidnapped by Benedict Blackwood’s sister!
Author Eric Bower sure knows how to spin a yarn. Every part of the story has purpose and the story builds upon each chapter. There are unexpected plot-twist surprises that elicit laughter. His characters are vibrant and they bring color to the story with their varying quirky traits: Aunt Dorca is annoying and always singing; Iris (also known as Shorty) is a name-caller but also well-meaning; Benedict Blackwood is, of course, dastardly; Waldo is self-deprecating and kind; and Pa is as smart as a tack and as forgetful as a goldfish. Other characters bring color and thoughtfulness to the story because they are not what they seem at all―in fact, they remind readers not to judge people by what others tell us about them.
The Magnificent Flying Baron Estate is an enjoyable old-school Western with a contemporary feel, thanks to the steampunk addition of Ma and Pa’s inventions. Including a scene with flying horse poop, kids ages 9-12 are bound to enjoy this topsy-turvy tale with its funny moments of slapstick comedy."(The Children's Book Review)
"It’s 1891 and Waldo Baron lives in the nothing-ever-happens town of Pitchfork in the
middle of the desert. He constantly has to tolerate the wild and crazy inventions both of his parents create and is embarrassed when anyone comes to their house. One day he gets out of bed to find his parents’ latest scientific project is to make the house fly, way up in the sky. Their plan is to win the Inventors’ Contest in which inventors enter their flying vehicles in a race across the country. Waldo wishes at first that he was back on dry desert land but soon learns that he is about to embark on the greatest adventure of his life. Kids will want to come along for this action-packed flight as Waldo defines his true character and learns how to be his best self." - Story Monsters Ink
From the Back Cover
The year is 1891, and Waldo “W.B.” Baron has just woken up to find his house flying―no, wait, floating?―floating a thousand feet above the ground. His inventor parents have transformed their house into a flying machine, which they’ve entered into a race around the country. Unfortunately for W.B. (who knows less about science than the average tapeworm), that means missing a show staring the hero of his favorite adventure novels, Sheriff Graham.
The incomparably klutzy W.B. gets his own taste of the Wild West when his family’s flying house is hijacked by Rose Blackwood, the sister of Sheriff Graham’s greatest nemesis, the vilest villain, the cruelest criminal, Benedict Blackwood. Rose forces the Barons to continue the race, so that she can steal the prize money and break her brother out of jail.
With the help of an unusually tiny friend and aided by a baffling interpretation of simple scientific concepts, W.B. is finally given the chance to be the hero, instead of the kid who reads about the hero while eating too much pie.
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W.B. (short for Waldo Baron) finds out from his parents that they're heading for Chicago, to the Exposition Fairgrounds, where they will begin a scavenger hunt around the country to win the prize of $500.
The Baron family makes it to the fairgrounds okay, but their adventure takes a turn when they get kidnapped by Rose Blackwood, who commandeers their flying house to win the prize money to get her brother, the nefarious Benedict Blackwood, out of jail.
But things aren't always as they seem in this quirky, clever story of family, heroes, villains, adventure, and dreams of talking squirrels. If you have a middle grader in need of some anachronistic, fantastic fun this summer, then you should definitely check out Eric Bower's The Magnificent Flying Baron Estate.
Galleys for The Magnificent Flying Baron Estate were provided by the publisher through NetGalley.com.
Filled with eccentric characters, wild pigs, baked beans, and dreams about talking squirrels, this book is never dull. Waldo is an entertaining narrator who shares his puzzlement over his parents and their theories, his admiration for the exploits of Sheriff Hoyt Graham, and even the extremes of his own clumsiness (getting poked in the eye by a cuckoo in a clock, for example). As I read, I pictured his father looking much like Doc Brown from "Back to the Future" and the house floating along like the one in "Up," but without the balloons.
If you enjoy humorous stories with lots of action, falling into mud pits, contests to see who has the smelliest socks, and a villain with "two very large revolvers strapped to his sides, as well as six knives buckled to his boots, a bow an arrow over his shoulder, a crossbow on his back, a sword sheathed at his thigh, a lasso around his waist, a slingshot in his back pocket, a tomahawk in his long underwear..." then pick up this book. You'll fly through it even more quickly than the Baron Estate flies through the air.
I read an ebook provided by the publishers through NetGalley.
RECEIVED THIS BOOK AS A GIFT FOR A FAIR/HONEST REVIEW and REVIEWER FOR Bloggin' With M. Brennan.
I loved it! The main character was this clumsy, chubby little boy. His parents turn their house into a flying machine to win this contest, but they are kidnapped by the sister of the most ruthless criminal in America. She plans to help them win so she can steal the money and then help her brother escape.
And boom, let the adventures begin. This book is loaded with adventure and it's hilarious. I had more than one occasion where I had to read something a few times because we were all laughing so hard. That doesn't happen too often.
I love that the immediate family goes by letter abbreviations. Waldo Baron is W.B., Ma is M and Pa is P. The only time W.B. is called anything else is Wide Butt by Shorty, a girl W.B. meets in Chicago. His parents spend most of the story tied up in the control room. His dad is tied to the steering wheel and his comments are peppered with "Wheeeee!" because he loves to spin - lol.
The graphics are by Agnieszka Grochalska, a polish graphics artist. My copy messed up the pictures, but from what I could see, and it's here on the cover, she did a very nice job.
I see there's a 2nd book in the works, I really hope I can get my hands on that. Even Ivan was into this one, and he never listens to me read.
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The characters were funny and loveable (W.B. and Rose !!Read more