Alistair Grim's Odd Aquaticum
by Gregory Funaro
My rating: 4 stars
Publisher: Disney Hyperion (January 5, 2016)
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Genre: Children's Steampunk Fantasy
Print Length: 448 pages
When Grubb, an orphan and runaway chimney sweep, entered the wondrous world of the Odditorium, his life changed forever. Apprenticed to the mechanical marvel's strange proprietor, Alistair Grim, Grubb unfortunately must settle into his new position on the lam, as the whole of London is convinced that Alistair Grim is a villain bent on mass destruction. Grim, however, has come up with a plan to expose the real villain: Prince Nightshade, a wicked necromancer who wants the Odditorium's power source for himself. With the evil prince hot in their trail, Grim, Grubb and the rest of the Odditorium's crew embark on a perilous adventure to find the legendary sword Excalibur: the only weapon capable of penetrating Nightshade's magical suit of armor. As expected, their quest turns out to be anything but ordinary. Not only can the Odditorium fly, but it can also swim! And so the crew battens down the hatches and sets off on an underwater voyage to the otherworldly realm of Avalon, home to Excalibur. Along the way, they must battle a banshee assassin,sea monsters, and a witch who seeks revenge on Alistair Grim for stealing her magical objects. But that's not all. Unbeknownst to Grubb and the others, their fate has been written in an ancient Avalonian prophecy—a prophecy that holds the key to a destiny not even Alistair Grim could have possibly imagined.
Alistair Grim's Odd Aquaticum by Gregory Funaro (Odditorium #2)
Imagine yourself as a child, filled with the awe of fantastical machines, thrilling adventures and going where no one has gone before. What a delight it would be to LIVE these adventures, exploring the seas as one searches for a priceless treasure and fights of an evil being. Now, think how much your child would enjoy falling into another world where crazy inventions and and quirky characters reside. How could you NOT give them the joy of reading Gregory Funaro's Alistair Grim's Odd Aquaticum?
Follow young Grubb as he becomes part of the quest for Excalibur, the sword of the legendary King Arthur. To find the sword, they must travel to Avalon, but is this journey part of prophecies?Will the evil Prince Nightshade thwart their attempt? The race is on, as Grubb and Alistair Grim take on a journey that could end the battle between good and evil.
Gregory Funaro brings out the child in every reader who picks this series up,no matter what age one is. Geared to younger readers, there is magic in Mr. Funaro's words. he builds a fantasy world to believe in, to feel and to not want to leave. This is the kind of reading that makes young readers readers for life!