Parents' Guide to

The Fantastic Family Whipple

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Comically creepy tale of celebrity family hit by a curse.

Book Matthew Ward Humor 2013
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First-time author Matthew Ward's constant parade of sight gags, stage business, and preposterous feats is highly entertaining. And while there are loose ends galore at the end of the book, it leaves the promise of many adventures to follow.

Amid the perilous shenanigans lurks some food for thought about, say, competitiveness run amok (e.g. when a character survives life-threatening injuries, many people are more sorry about his lost record than happy about his survival). Sensitive kids may find Mr. Whipple's treatment of his non-record-breaking son oblivious at best and cruel at worst, and wonder how it fits with the comedy.

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