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Horton Halfpott

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fun, oddball farce reminiscent of Lemony Snicket.

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Elements of Angleberger’s writing style -- asides to the reader, some very dark humor -- are reminiscent of A Series of Unfortunate Events, but this tale, in tone and plot, is much less grim. Kids will giggle at the Shipless Pirates, who want for even a plank; hiss at M’Lady and Luther’s callous cruelty; and root for the lionhearted Horton to come out the winner. The plot races along with plenty of twists and turns (pauses to provide backstory give readers a chance to breathe). Brief chapters make this a good choice for kids transitioning to longer books. Angleberger has great fun with language, and the dialogue will have kids in fits.

The author’s scratchy, exaggerated character sketches are a great complement to the over-the-top story. Kids will love the glow-in-the-dark cover by Gilbert Ford.

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