- Audio CD
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (November 24, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1511322772
- ISBN-13: 978-1511322775
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.6 x 5.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,490,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Although he's only 12 years old, Warren the 13th is the sole heir to his family's once magnificent hotel. Unfortunately, the hotel has fallen on hard times since the death of Warren's father five years earlier and since Warren's Uncle Rupert brought his bride, Aunt Annaconda, to stay. Annaconda is bent on finding the hotel's legendary hidden treasure, the All-Seeing Eye. When a mysterious bandaged guest checks in to the hotel, Annaconda is convinced the guest will locate the Eye before she does, and a breakneck treasure hunt ensues. Warren is swept up in the action, hoping to discover his rightful inheritance before anyone else does. Along the way, he must outsmart witches and monsters and puzzle out the answers to riddles, secret codes, and mazes. Kevin T. Collins expertly narrates this story, distinctly voicing each character and adding just the right sinister overtones to Annaconda and her evil sisters. Creepy instrumental music at the beginning and end of each disc also enhances the production's melancholy vibe. VERDICT Listeners will immediately be pulled in to this spine-tingling mystery and will eagerly join Warren on his hunt for the All-Seeing Eye. ["A whimsical mystery with a lot of heart and spine-tingling illustrations, this novel will circulate as soon as children open it": SLJ 1/16 starred review of the Quirk book.]—Anne Bozievich, Friendship Elementary School, Glen Rock, PA
“An engaging mystery to unravel, with a few nice twists and surprises along the way. . . . It’s a fair bet that for many the main attraction of Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye will be Staehle’s lavish illustrations.”—New York Times Book Review
“A whimsical mystery with a lot of heart and spine-tingling illustrations, this novel will circulate as soon as children open it.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review
“The riveting story had interesting characters, riddles, and lots of drama. Readers will get caught up in the mystery and will want to keep turning pages to find out what happens next.”—Nicolas Curry, Kid Reporter for Time for Kids
“Beautifully and amusingly designed and illustrated, featuring a plot filled with twists and riddles, this clever tale of mysterious goings-on at a run-down hotel proves to be an unlikely winner.”—Common Sense Media, 4 out 5 stars
“An adventure with echoes of classic children’s titles like Raskin’s The Westing Game and Dahl’s The Witches. . . . Stylish, exciting, funny, and just slightly macabre, this entertaining novel bodes well for Warren’s future adventures.”—Publishers Weekly
“All the delicious chaos of Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye—first of a planned series—is wonderfully cloaked in a Victorian sensibility and design, a bit of Edward Gorey, a bit of Tim Burton.”—Shelf Awareness
“Just the ticket for fans of Unfortunate Events in dim corridors and murky subterranean chambers.”—Kirkus Reviews
“No amount of care was spared in this truly charming, wonderfully spun middle-grade adventure.”—Karin Snelson, Shelf Awareness Pro
“Original, funny . . . it reminded me partly of Hotel Transylvania mixed with Coraline.”—Joseph, Age 11
“This story is absolutely enchanting and is a must-have for any child who enjoys adventure and magic, whether this book is read to them or they read it for themselves.”—New York Journal of Books
“You’ll fall in love.”—BlogHer
“You don't have to be a middle grade reader to fall for Warren and his desire to save his beloved family hotel (and home) from the clutches of his evil step-aunt.”—Beth Fish Reads
“You know those rare books that keep you guessing all the way through? Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye is exactly that: surprising, delightful, upbeat, with a terrific young hero. Good, clean, mysterious fun.”—Bookfoolery
“Young and old(ish) alike will be charmed by Warren the 13th, the puzzles, the stories, and the illustrations. The mysteries are perfect for the whole family”–Beth Fish Reads --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
However, a tiny percentage are those I simply intend to keep forever. I'm not giving it way. Not selling it. Not even lending it out.
This is one of those books.
Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye was an absolute delight of a book. While perfect for a middle grade audience, it will also delight any adult - especially fans of Tim Burton or Edward Gorey. The illustrations are quirky, creepy-cool without being scary, and guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.
In fact, a smile was plastered on my face the whole time I was reading this.
And yes, the story stands up to the illustrations. It's a blast of an adventure, funny, suspenseful, and mysterious. If this hasn't been optioned for a full-length animated film yet, it needs to be. The folks who made movies like ParaNorman or Hotel Transylvania should be all over this.
My little one isn't quite ready for this one, but it will be here when she is. And she's the only person I'll allow to read my copy. This one is Mine! All Mine!
Start with our orphan hero, Warren. He's physically unattractive, but has the heart of a lion. Loyal, bright, friendly, resourceful, stubborn and kind, he is a fairy tale hero. (And this is a fairy tale - no cell phones, school daze humor, social angst, or other modern touches.) Our villain is a cartoonishly mean and dim drama queen. Just the right kind of villain to suggest a little shiver of evil, but ripe to be defeated by a hero like Warren.
Set the action in a gloomy and dilapidated hotel, with enough abandoned corridors and basement rooms to contain all sorts of deviltry. Add a garden maze. And a deep dark wood. Set everyone in search of a missing legendary thingamajig, ownership of which will assure mastery of something important.
Then drift in one direction by introducing a huge cast of loony new characters who have learned about the thingamajig and have descended on the hotel to join the search. Head in another direction and give Warren some fantastic and magical helpers. Also give him some reliable adults in whom he can confide and from whom he can secure guidance. Also, give him an unexpected friend.
Build up the pace as the story progresses. Keep the action clear and focused. Lots of tension and suspense, but in short punchy chapters. Don't write down to your readers, but tell the story in clear, complex sentences with a vocabulary that encourages the reader to step up his game a little. Avoid irony and sarcasm and cute asides - tell your ripping story directly and without apology.
And as the icing on the cake wrap this all up in a lovely Victorian bow with an elegant two-column per page layout and amusing, atmospheric sketches.
That's what you get here. It's a triumph of storytelling without a single false note or mistep. This could be a middle grade reader's favorite book.
(Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
WARREN THE 13TH AND THE ALL-SEEING EYE has a fun story that is made very special by the artwork that runs all throughout the book.
(gr post has sample pages in line. amazon will have them attached)
Warren is a boy who is the 13th in his line of hoteliers. As the story begins he is too young to run the hotel and that job has been handed over to his uncle Rupert. Unfortunately his uncle has let the place run down to the point where most of the staff has run off, except for one loyal cook and Warren's tutor. To make matters even worse Rupert has recently married a tremendously evil woman who seems set on accomplishing two things. The first is making Warren's life miserable; and the second is finding the 'All Seeing Eye'.
I won't say more except that happy chaos ensues and more fun characters are introduced.
Three things make this book note worthy. The first is the delightful macabre story. Think A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS. Totally kid friendly. The second is the artwork. And the third is that this book is a great Read-aloud.
'I got my copy from the Library and it's quite beautiful and nicely made. I recommend it for gifting.
'The target audience is going to be fairly broad since it makes a nice Read-aloud.
'It's a book some Tweens might like. And it's going to appeal to moms like me. Though if you're an adult I do suggest you get it at the library.
If you enjoy sharing stories with your kids and are looking for a book that will keep their imaginations captive, may I recommend this one. Warren is the bellhop for the Warren hotel, which has fallen into repair after falling under the control of his clueless uncle and his nasty Aunt Anaconda. The adventures he has trying to solve the mystery of the hidden treasure in the hotel and save the place that he loves are so exciting and enjoyable that you won't want to stop reading until the very end.
This book is not tremendously long so would be ideal for children who are just beginning with chapter books. The characters are engaging, the story is unique and the ending is full of just the right amount of danger and happy ending.
I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good story for their kids, or even just for themselves.
This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.