Reviews for Another Whole Nother Story

School Library Journal Reviews 2011 April

Gr 4-7--Picking up where A Whole Nother Story (2009) left off, this installment (2010, both Bloomsbury) in the Cheeseman family saga by Dr. Cuthbert Soup finds Ethan and his three children hurtling towards another adventure in their time machine, the Luminal Velocity Regulator (LVR). Their goal is to travel back in time to prevent the death of their beloved wife and mother. However, a glitch in the LVR has them crash-landing into the 17th century, where they have to outrun both witch-hunters and pirates in the midst of trying to figure out how to get back on track. Their journey ends as it began-eventfully--with a doppelganger duke from Denmark and a trip further back in time in the hopes that they can travel full circle back to where they began. This is a quirky, madcap tale, and Dick Hill does a hilarious job as narrator. He voices all characters deftly, moving seamlessly from an 8-year-old boy to a grizzled Scottish seaman to a Danish duke who can barely speak English. With such a variety of insane characters and Hill's ability to make them come alive, there are many laugh-out-loud moments. Although this title stands fairly well on its own, it is especially recommended for libraries where the first book is popular.--Amy Holland, Irondequoit Public Library, Rochester, NY

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