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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!
Maci's Review - Welfy Q. Deederthoth: World Savior, Meat Purveyor is a really good book. It is about a boy named Welfy Q. Deederhoth, he is homeless and an orphan. Welfy has to scavenge around for food and never knows when his next meal will be. But he has a friend, his friend's name is Harlan and his story is worse than Welfy's. These two boys look out for each other, as much as you can when you live on the streets. Welfy finds some work one day in a deli in exchange for food. He keeps getting food for working during the day until the owner of the Deli, Morton, realizes that Welfy does not have a home so he lets him sleep on a cot in the back of the Deli. Everything is normal until Welfy falls down the basement stairs with a box of peas and ends up in an alien world.
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.
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