Illustrator: Will Staehle
Published by Quirk Books on November 24, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Juvenile Fiction
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration.
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Warren the 13th is the lone bellhop, valet, waiter, groundskeeper, and errand boy of his family’s ancient hotel. It’s a strange, shadowy mansion full of crooked corridors and mysterious riddles—and it just might be home to a magical object known as the All-Seeing Eye. Can Warren decipher the clues and find the treasure before his sinister Aunt Annaconda (and a slew of greedy hotel guests) beats him to it?
This middle-grade adventure features gorgeous two-color illustrations on every page and a lavish two-column Victorian design that will pull young readers into a spooky and delightful mystery.
Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye is an epic story full of magic, mystery, and adventure—it’s pretty strange, too! The pace is fast, with something happening on almost every page. And it’s full of twists and riddles and codes. Doesn’t that sound fun?!
Tania del Rio offers middle grade readers top-notch quality writing with rich vocabulary and beautiful phrasing. C insisted on trying to read this book on her own, but it’s a good bit above her reading level. She couldn’t pull herself away from looking through it, though, thanks to Will Staehle’s incredible, detailed illustrations. I’m going to have to purchase this on audiobook for her.
This is the kind of book you feel good about giving your kids—a book you’ll keep on your bookshelf for years. (And a sequel is due out in March!)
Today is Friday the 13th, and Tania del Rio has created a special short story to celebrate. You can download Warren the 13th and the Unluck Day (which includes some fun activities!) for free on Scribd.