Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Attack of the Frozen Woodchucks

The Attack of the Frozen Woodchucks by Dan Elish
The giant woodchuck makes his first appearance before Saturday night dinner, just as ten-year-old Jimmy Weathers is setting the table. Jimmy’s father and sister have just returned from a walk in New York City’s Central Park, and they are very excited about their discovery. Jimmy and his mother look at each other with agreeing eyes. Their father is at it again with his overactive imagination. After all, Jimmy’s father is a lawyer by day and an unsuccessful children’s author by night. Who could believe this latest tale? It is all a joke, until Jimmy’s father is kidnapped in the middle of the night. It is up to Jimmy and his best pal, William H. Taft, to find his dad and the kidnapping frozen woodchucks.


Anonymous said...

I could not finish this one.

April Spisak/The Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books said...

This is ridiculous, over-the-top fun all the way, and Elish commits fully with exaggerated characters, a rollicking pace, and, of course, the enormous rodents who hatch from pods...Science fiction fans who welcome absurdity as much as planet-hopping in their reads will find this an ideal balance of both...