“Meet Warren the 13th, a cursed 12-year-old Victorian bellhop who’s terribly unlucky . . . yet perpetually optimistic, hard-working, and curious. Orphan Warren’s pride and joy is his family’s hotel, but he’s been miserable ever since his evil Aunt Anaconda took over the management.
Anaconda believes a mysterious treasure known as the All-Seeing Eye is hidden somewhere on the grounds, and she’ll do anything to find it. If Warren wants to preserve his family’s legacy, he’ll need to find the treasure first—if the hotel’s many strange and wacky guests don’t beat 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.” (quirkbooks.com)
Although reading is something I have been doing for as long as I can remember, as I get older it’s hard to recall the joy I felt when reading as a child. So it’s nice to read something every now and then that reminds me how fun children’s stories can be, and how fun reading was before I learnt that sometimes there is more to be read in a book than just the words and what they appear to be telling the reader.
Reading Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye by Tania del Rio was exactly the sort of fun read that I occasionally need, regardless of the fact that it was written for readers a third of my age.
It was a little hard to follow in parts due to the fact I was reading an advanced copy and the formatting was a little off. But it was an incredibly enjoyable read, and I could just imagine sitting up and reading it to my kids while they are tucked up in bed. I don’t actually have kids, but if I did I’d read this to them for sure.
It’s written in such a way that it really is more like telling a story than reading one, so I think it’s definitely a book that would be a lot of fun for adults and children to read together.
The illustrations, although not complete in the advance copy of the book, were really cool and complemented the story nicely. I’m actually super excited to get my hands on a hard copy of the book so that I’m able to see all the pictures properly. The colours you see on the cover are the only colours throughout the book, and I actually preferred that as I think illustrations done in a wider range of colours wouldn’t have suited the story at all.
So if you’re not at all like me and have some small versions of yourself running around, definitely pick this up for them, or read it along with them. It’s a lot of fun, moves along quickly, and the mystery of The All-Seeing Eye isn’t solved until right near the end so it’ll keep you guessing.