Title: The Creature Department
Author: Robert Paul Weston
Publication date: November 5, 2013
Genre(s): Middle Grade (Fantasy)
Elliot von Doppler lives in the most uneventful place on Earth, Bickleburgh. The most interesting thing there is the headquarters of the 8th largest factory on the planet, DENKi-3000. Glittering skyscrapers are about the most interesting thing in the whole city, but only Elliot’s uncle, Archie, knows what goes on behind the second-to-last door at the end of the hall...until now. When Elliot’s uncle invites him and a strange girl Leslie (who coincidentally made the same rocket as him in a science fair) to take a tour of the DENKi-3000, Elliot jumps on the opportunity, and discovers what exactly goes on inside the mysterious Research & Development department. But when a rival company sends in a spy and tries to use force to take the factory away, it up to Elliot, Leslie, and some rather odd friends to save the factory.
I liked this book! I liked the topic, and the characters are very cute. I can’t relate to many characters, because Elliot has a somewhat sciencey side, while Leslie’s demeanor screams GOTH. I am neither sciencey or goth, so their personalities were not relatable. They each had their own quirks, which I think is a good touch to a character.
At first, I wasn't engaged immediately, which was weird because the beginning was so interesting. I haven't read a book where the first sentence was of the Elliots’ mom was threatening to boil him in soup (which is explained a couple sentences later, but I assure you his parents aren’t cannibals)! The ending was good, but I’m guessing there will be another book after this, because it left you with questions. The writing style was third person, but alternating which character was being narrated, which is an odd but interesting style for me. This book is good for kids ages 8-12 and was a cute and easy read. Also, the finished copy is so pretty! Thank you Razorbill for sending me a finished copy. I love the glow in the dark cover as well as all the illustrations inside the book.