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Welfy Q. Deederhoth: Meat Purveyor, World Savior Paperback – May 20, 2014
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"Every page is essential....if you're an adult looking for a short and meaningful read, pick up Welfy Q. Deederhoth. Looking for a kid's book? It's perfect." --project-nerd
"Kids, keepers of kids, and readers, rejoice! This book grabbed me from the moment I started--what's not to love about a story in which a kid with a rough past, a goofy name, and a magic apron finds a purpose in this universe and another, wielding salamis and ray guns in equal measure?" -Jessica Goodman, Librarian, Skokie Public Library
About the Author
A ghostwriter of "New York Times"-bestselling YA fiction, Eric Laster is now optimistic that admitting his corporeal existence to the public won't be a bad thing.
Welfy Q. Deederhoth: Meat Purveyor, World Savior won a Mom's Choice Award in September 2014, and the cover was lauded as the #3 kids' book art of 2014 on the Write Kids' Books! blog.
He is also the editor of photographer Lisa Johnson's mighty tome 108 Rock Star Guitars.
A New Yorker by birth, Eric now lives in Los Angeles, where he pens fiction and provides writing and editing services to publishing and marketing clients.
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A great story about an orphan in Manhattan who stumbles on to another dimension in the basement of the deli he is working/living in. There he finds out that he is the prophesied one to save the Brundeedle race! It is fast paced, funny, and has a lot of great moments!
Like I tell everyone else I talk to... You need to read this book!
Welfy is an orphan runaway in New York City, taken in by a deli owner who puts Welfy up in the backroom in exchange for odd job work. The deli owner has a sort of Yoda vibe, and Welfy is a resourceful lost soul who just wants a family and stability. When Welfy falls into a parallel world he is hailed as the prophesied one, and this may be the only middle grade book I've read where the creaky convention of a prophesied hero actually works. While Welfy finds adventure, danger and action, he also finds what may be a family and a sense of belonging.
There are lots of strong secondary characters who keep this whole conceit afloat. There are some very perceptive observations about loneliness, longing, and making one's own way - both because Welfy is an observant, smart and thoughtful character and because Welfy meets and interacts with so many well crafted characters along the trail, (see, Si Spielgut, the Baloney King).
There is also a lot of successful funny business. The book is peppered with clever one-liners, funny situations are actually funny, there are some wry and compelling set piece scenes, and the whole enterprise is buoyed up by a very engaging and surprisingly appealing energy. Because the book is so successfully built on character and Welfy's personal quest you almost overlook the world building that supports the alternate universe angle. The Brundeedle's world is well built and allows this book also to work perfectly well as just a solid middle grade sci-fi actioner.
So, this is a happy find. Action, humor, a light touch, clever craftsmanship, and some real feeling make this a well rounded choice for an adventurous younger reader.
Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
Author: Eric Laster
Illustrator: Max Graenitz
Publisher: Independent Book Publishers Association IBPA/Opsimath Press
Genre: Children's Fiction
Tags: Sci Fi & Fantasy
Overall Rating: Great
Reviewed For: NetGalley
Welfy Q. Deederhoth is a young boy who had lived in thirty-one foster homes in twenty-four months and had had enough. He now lives on the streets of New York. One day he walks into a deli one day looking for work in exchange for food. Each day he returns to Gramercy Deli to work until the day Morton offers him a permanent job and a place to sleep in back of the deli. All goes well until the night he accidentally falls through a portal to an alien world where he is proclaimed the one prophesied about, the savior of the Brundeedle people.
A delightful story that Eric Laster has created to entice readers into a world of another race of people, with their own culture and language. They also are in a fight for survival. Mr. Lassiter touches on the life of homeless youth in New York and unfortunately the darker side of the foster care system. There are many humorous scenes in the story, but there is also few tearful and plenty of action both in New York and the Brundeedle world. My nieces and nephews from ages eight to thirteen all enjoyed this story each for different reasons.
If you are looking for a story to appeal to young readers of various ages then take a good look at Welfy Q. Deederhoth - Meat Purveyor, World Savior. They are bound to devour it as did my nieces and nephews. I also admit that I too enjoyed the story as well, although not nearly as much as the younger readers did.
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Welfy Q. Deederhoth: Meat Purveryor, World Savior by Eric Laster is actually a very fun read.Read more