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.
"Listeners will laugh aloud at this enjoyable recording." (School Library Journal)
"Irresistibly entertaining and constantly surprising." (AudioFile)
This book was just fun to listen to. It was fast moving and I totally enjoyed the different character voices, it made them more realistic that way.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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!
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful