Review! The Door in the Alley by Adrienne Kress

Illustrated by Matthew C. Rockefeller
320 pages – ages 9+
Published by Delacorte Press on April 25, 2017

Synopsis- Sebastian was a brilliant kid, going to a school for math and science. He always planned everything out, and disliked change and trying new things. Then he met a pig in a teeny hat. And everything changed. Now he’s helping a girl find her presumed dead (but apparently still living) grandfather. That’s not so bad, except that two creepy thugs are trying to find him too. Things are starting to look interesting…

What I Thought- This book is pretty funny – the narration is very tongue-in-cheek, with humorous chapter names, and the story is full of wacky events that are somehow believable.  Sebastian and Evie are two very different characters, but they both make the book complete. Sebastian wants to stay out of trouble, but he also wants to do what’s right. Evie doesn’t want to be alone in this world, and will do anything to be get her family back. This is a really great combo! Kress’ writing style is very light-hearted, having written a book where having a character ride a llama across a zoo and having a tree grow in the middle of a building seem like completely natural things. Kress uses all the creative room in her plot line, and keeps the reader wondering what will happen next. There are neat black-and-white illustrations from Rockefeller throughout the book that really bring all of the aspects together. Kids will love to read this book! Kress has written a wonderful beginning to a new series, and I cannot wait to read the next book! I also think I will definitely check out some of the other books by Kress, considering how much I enjoyed this one.

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

Categories: Age 9+, Good Books

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4 replies

  1. How funny, I reviewed The Explorers today too. Very nice review.

  2. Great review, Erik!! Can I just use your fantastic review for mine (July 21, — come one, come all!)? You said pretty much what I will say. Most of my illustratons are not there, so well, you know, I won’t know what to say, sniffle, sniffle.

    Okay, don’t be that way, okay? I’ll write my own, but you better say nice things about it. *so disappointed* I do like your review (wasn’t just saying) and you know the characters well . . . and the art, sniffle. 😥

    • Thank you! And, um…sure? If you give me credit for it. I guess. And if you don’t want to use mine, and if you write your normal spectacular reviews, of course I’ll say nice things about your review! 😀
      I hope your surgery is going okay. Get better soon! 🙂

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