The adventure begins at a Nebraska garage sale, where a boy and his younger sister buy a wooden box containing five monster figurines. The action doesn't let up until sixth-grader Anthony and his sister have been transported across the galaxy and back. Bruce Coville's funny sci-fi adventure is read in its entirety by a thirteen-person cast, including Leslie Nobel narrating as Anthony and Coville as the lizard-headed Gaspar Morley. The story - something that can only come out of a mind like Coville's - is irresistibly entertaining and constantly surprising, not only for the preteen crowd but for their parents as well. There are no bells and whistles; this production is a straight reading from the book without staging or sound effects. Leslie Nobel does a good narration but is not quite convincing in a few spots.
©2001 Bruce Coville; (P)2002 Full Cast Audio
"Listeners will laugh aloud at this enjoyable recording." (School Library Journal)
"Irresistibly entertaining and constantly surprising." (AudioFile)
I fully enjoyed this story... and I don't have kids!! The production is well done, very entertaining, easy to listen to, well-'acted'. I highly recommend it for people with (and without) children!
This is a great story for all ages! The writer has a great deal of imagination and tells a fantastic story. Also, he deals with ethical issues not normally found in children stories.
This is a nice story to share as a family. It is funny and inventive. Sometimes it verges on the silly but that is just fine.
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