The Creature Department by Robert Paul Weston
Posted by Caitie F on November 2, 2013
Summary from publisher:
Elliot Von Doppler and his friend Leslie think nothing ever happens in Bickleburgh, except inside the gleaming headquarters of DENKi-3000—the world’s eighth-largest electronics factory.
Beneath the glass towers and glittering skywalks, there’s a rambling old mansion from which all the company’s amazing inventions spring forth. And no one except Uncle Archie knows what’s behind the second-to-last door at the end of the hall.
Until Elliot and Leslie are invited to take a glimpse inside.
They find stooped, troll-like creatures with jutting jaws and broken teeth. Tiny winged things that sparkle as they fly. And huge, hulking, hairy nonhumans (with horns). It is unlike anything they’ve ever seen.
But when Chuck Brickweather threatens to shut down the DENKi-3000 factory if a new product isn’t presented soon, the creatures know they are in danger. And when Uncle Archie vanishes, it’s up to Elliot, Leslie, and every one of the unusual, er, “employees” to create an invention so astonishing it will save the Creature Department.
This book is so much fun to read. The creatures in the Creature Department are among the most creative I have ever read. I only had the ARC, so the illustration were not final, but what I saw was so cool. The ARC even glowed in the dark! I am so excited to see the final product of this book!
This is a book for all middle grade readers who have an imagination and a sense of adventure. The two main characters are great – both of them love science and are smart, but are also funny, excited, and the kind of friends that kids wished they had.
There are twists and turns throughout the book, nothing is really as it seems so it is very difficult to put down. I was surprised many many times!
It is also full of awesome inventions that every reader will wish was real. Readers will also be able to think up their own inventions they could make with the essences of creatures. It will broaden your mind to the possibilities of science and also show how important it is to have an open mind about others, even if they seem really different from you at first.
Go pick up this book soon, you will be so glad you did!