The Mesmer Menace: Gadgets and Gears by Kersten Hamilton
Posted by Caitie F on November 19, 2013
Summary from pub:
Welcome to the Amazing Automated Inn, home of eleven-year-old inventor Wally Kennewickett, his genius scientist parents, and his dashing dog, Noodles. From the lightning harvester on the roof to the labs full of experiments in the dungeon, the inn is a wonderful place for a curious boy and his loyal dog to be. That is, until President Theodore Roosevelt himself calls the elder Kennewicketts away, leaving Wally and Noodles to face the evil mesmers, horrible hypnotists bent on controling the minds of powerful people. It seems the inn is their first stop on the way to world domination . . . and only an ingenious boy, a staff of automatons, and a brave dachshund stand in their way!
When a book is from the perspective of a non-human, it always has the potential to be creative and fun. The fact that this steampunk middle grade book is told by a dachshund did make it better, but it wasn’t enough to make this a book I highly recommend.
It felt like it wasn’t sure what age it was for. It is only 144 pages, and it from a dog’s perspective, so I thought it would have been more the 8-1o set, but there is complicated science and some difficult language that made it seem like it was more for 10-14. This is a case of knowing your reader and what they will like or what they might find silly. It also was th first in a series, but it seems like this first book was a little too short and rushed.
It isn’t a bad book by any stretch of the imagination, it is just short. All the characters are great and the setting will make even the least imaginative people excited. If you like using your imagination, well, be prepared because this book will take you on a journey.
This is also the first steampunk middle grade book I have read and it is very cool. Not only is it something very far away from what we see, but it will excite the reader about inventing and improving.
This is a fun, quick read and young scientists will be enthralled with the Inn, Wally and his dog.