Review! The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse by Nicholas Gannon

The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse
Series: The Doldrums #2 (#1)
By Nicholas Gannon
384 pages – ages 9+
Published by Greenwillow Books on November 7, 2017

Synopsis from Publisher-The stand-alone sequel to The Doldrums, which the New York Times called “a dreamy charmer of a book,” is a second tour-de-force by author-illustrator Nicholas Gannon.

It brims with the spirit of exploration and celebrates the bond of friendship. The exquisite package features Gannon’s distinctive black-and-white full-page art throughout, as well as spot illustrations. The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse is a timeless tale and a beautiful gift for a young reader.

Archer Helmsley’s grandparents—famous explorers who went missing on an iceberg two years ago—are finally coming home. Archer is overjoyed, but he may be the only one. Rumors are flying that Archer’s grandparents were never really abandoned on the iceberg; that they’re making it all up. Archer knows that the rumors are false. With his best friends, Oliver and Adélaïde, and their new neighbor, Kana, Archer sets out during a snowstorm to rescue his grandparents’ reputation.”

What I Thought- This was a really neat sequel! Gannon does a great job of setting the story up, not telling the ending of book 1, but revealing just the right amount of details so you do not get confused with the new story. I like how he only builds on the slightly eccentric town and its residents. Archer is a really great character, displaying the classic hero traits – his only major fault being that he never wants to involve his friends in his misadventures. Thankfully, his friends force him to involve them – it leads to a fun book! The story Gannon crafts is engaging, humourous, and keeps you wondering what will happen as the plot thickens. One thing I really love is that Gannon marvelously illustrates the novel with several two-page spreads and countless pictures throughout the chapters, adding an entire dimension to the book itself. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

Categories: Age 9+

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1 reply

  1. I haven’t read the first one- but it’s on my list. Sounds like I should add this one too. 🙂

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