Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye

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Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Illustrated witchy, monstery tale offers goofy/creepy fun.

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Educational Value

Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye emphasizes the importance of hard work and the unimportance of outward appearances.

Positive Messages

Hard work and ambition lead to success. Appearances are deceptive, and unattractive people can possess many other worthy qualities. Loyalty and friendship are valuable.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Warren may not be attractive (other than his glorious golden hair), but he's a good-hearted individual: smart, resourceful, kind, and hardworking. He always strives to do the right thing, even when it's difficult.

Violence

Aunt Annaconda threatens Warren with terrible punishments but doesn't really follow through. During a battle, a character receives a minor flesh wound from a manticore's tooth. Warren almost drowns after being betrayed by Annaconda.

Sex

Warren's Uncle Rupert is head-over-heels in love with Annaconda and doodles romantic notes in a ledger.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye is a lavishly illustrated novel about a young bellhop at a run-down Victorian hotel. It features monsters, witches, and creepy goings-on, but it is not particularly scary. The level of violence is low, limited to threats and a nonfatal stabbing with a manticore's tooth.

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What's the story?

As the 13th caretaker of his family's hotel, Warren takes his bellhop duties very seriously. Too bad his Uncle Rupert is so lazy and incompetent and that his Aunt Annaconda is a witch bent on discovering the whereabouts of the All-Seeing Eye, rumored to be the ultimate weapon. When Warren discovers a clue to the puzzle of the Eye's location, he incurs the wrath of Annaconda and puts himself, his friends, and the hotel in peril. If he can't find the solution, the hotel will be torn apart by treasure seekers.

Is it any good?

Beautifully and amusingly designed and illustrated, featuring a plot filled with twists and riddles, this clever tale of mysterious goings-on at a run-down hotel proves to be an unlikely winner. WARREN THE 13TH AND THE ALL-SEEING EYE features an outwardly unattractive main character who demonstrates that his heart's always in the right place as he contends with witches, a monster in the basement, and a mysterious stranger wrapped in bandages. Writer Tania Del Rio keeps the surprises coming, and creator/illustrator Will Staehle provides macabre artwork reminiscent of The Addams Family.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about family obligations. How would it feel if your family expected you to to carry on the family business?

  • Why are stories about witches, monsters, and magic so popular? Which others have you read?

  • How important are hands-on work and dedication to the success of a business?

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