Review! Children and the Tundra by Dr. and Mr. Doris Haggis-On-Whey

tundraChildren and the Tundra
Series: The Haggis-On-Whey World of Unbelievable Brilliance #5
Written by Dr. and Mr. Doris Haggis-On-Whey
Designed by Lauren LoPrete
64 pages – ages 13+
Published by McSweeney’s on April 12, 2016

Synopsis- Have you ever wanted to know about the coldest regions on Earth – the hearts of children? Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with all of the cute and cuddly animals – who want out of the tundra life? Then, unfortunately, this is the book for you. It would have been really nice if it were two books. You see, due to horribly-prioritized budget cuts in the publishing house, these two very different topics-children and the tundra-are placed within the same covers. Even worse, people don’t treat it like the science book it is *cough cough*most definitely not*cough cough*.

What I Thought- This book is my kind of book! It is a satirical view on science books meant for children. The humor is VERY dry and you have to like that kind to really appreciate this book. I did show it to some friends and they didn’t get it/find it that funny, so I guess it depends on how you find your funny bone.  The book is completely factually inaccurate, all while saying anyone who says different is making things up. It includes a list of the main kinds of tundra, which include the same picture of a tundra with different picture styles and captions. It includes the history of the early sightings of children and how they were discovered by a French monk who liked writing in English. Then there is the girl who was too boring to write about…


This is only the beginning folks, so hold onto your hats and dive into the Haggis-On-Whey World of Unbelievable Brilliance!

Dr. Doris Haggis-On-Whey has 31 degrees from 32 institutions of higher learning – “most of them in countries better than yours.”. She an expert on everything and really distrusts the children species. Her husband Benny Haggis-On-Whey is basically completely useless and only adds to the humor with his incompetence.


Authors Benny and Doris

The  book is a clean read for all ages, but really young kids won’t “get” it. I would say it is a great read for 13+ who has a broader sense of humor.

I give this book five out of five bookworms with a caution that not everyone will appreciate the humor.fivebooks

Categories: 13+ (YA)

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6 replies

  1. I’m not sure I appreciate the humor in the excerpt re Nancy, but it sounds like an interesting (if not extremely eclectic text). Great review, Erik!

    • It is an interesting story, but I will admit that I have since looked at reviews of this book by others, and most were saying that the humor wasn’t as good as some of the others. Personally, it may have been a little too random, seeing as they had mashed two subjects together, and had random information about each, but I still found it pretty funny. 🙂

  2. Sounds weird. I’ll probably like it!

  3. I like weird, like the authors’ picture. Love it. But the excerpt about Nancy was simply odd, yet not funny. Maybe because it is taken out of context. I will take your experienced and knowledgeable opinion and give it a try–as soon as I stop being bored. 😉 “Yuck, yuck, yuck!”

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