THE ADVENTURES OF ERASMUS TWIDDLE by Eric Laster

THE ADVENTURES OF ERASMUS TWIDDLE

Grmkville’s Famous and Talented Not-Detective
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Age Range: 10 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A disciple of the “why use one word when dozens will do?” school of writing, Lasker windily introduces a young (“Perhaps he is not much older than you. Perhaps he is not older than you at all”) lad with a finding gift. Here, for a large cast of quirky people and even quirkier animals, he finds friends, a rubber chicken, an exploding donkey, and even a Lost Thought. Why a “not-detective?” Because he refuses to send away the “four bottle caps, three proof of purchase seals . . . two AA batteries and one rattlesnake skin,” to get his mail-order detective’s license. Through young Twiddle’s lesser exploits, Laster weaves a silly, prolonged case in which Grmkville’s citizens report a missing furgle, fleb, gumber, hojie, ploff, yonk, oogoo and eebee, all stolen (as it turns out) by insect daredevil Weevil Kneevil’s long-lost cousin Evil Weevil. Children aren’t likely to get to the culprit’s entrapment, however; the author may be right in billing this “perhaps the best book written on a Monday,” but neither recurring references to poop, nor witty pen-and-ink spot drawings are enough to carry readers through the verbiage. (Fiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-689-84245-7
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2001




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