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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  167 ratings  ·  49 reviews
A hidden laboratory…

A brilliant invention…

A team of quite unusual creatures…

But can they save the department?

Elliot Von Doppler and his friend Leslie think nothing ever happens in Bickleburgh, except inside the gleaming headquarters of DENKi-3000—the world’s fifth-largest electronics factory.

Beneath the glass towers and glittering skywalks, there's a rambling old mansio
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Hardcover, 330 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Razorbill
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Douglas Lord
Though this delightful novel is intended for kids in the third through seventh grades, anybody with a heart will enjoy it. Elliott von Doppler, a young, nerdy kid just waking up to who he is, finds himself infatuated with his Uncle Archie’s job as head of R&D at the DENKi-3000 electronics factory. He’s thrilled when Archie invites him to tour the joint along with Leslie, a classmate Elliott barely knows. Soon after entering the mysterious, Wonka-esque factory, Elliott and Leslie meet “the Cr ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Nov 12, 2013 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Christina (A Reader of Fictions) by: Blythe
Shelves: arc, bea, sadie-hawkins
Huh, well, okay. Sometimes I love middle grade, and sometimes it misses the mark with me, though it would likely be utterly delightful for the intended audience of children. Basically, I think some authors write children’s books imagining that the whole family could enjoy them together, and others write books for young readers to absorb on their own. The Creature Department strikes me as one of these, so it was cute but didn’t do anything special for me.

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Cheri Linton
This is a very sweet book with all-manner of creatures hidden in an underground lab. The children in this book are an unlikely duo but they both share the bond of having ineffective parents. Lots of humour and zany characters,
Julie
I won/received this book through Goodreads.

I am pretty obsessed with finding good books for my kids to read and this is a wonderful book. And, truth-be-told, I really enjoy reading them myself, I find a good book like this kind of nostalgic! I thoroughly enjoyed it and I can't wait to find out what my kids think of it, as well. I found it well written and the characters were alot of fun, and very likeable in their own ways. The storyline was fun and exciting. I will further update this when my 9
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juan carlos
Un libro con personajes muy tiernos y trama entretenida que volverá a crear en ti un gusto por la fantasía y la amistad. Lo único malo que le encontré fue el final, ya que te deja con ansias de saber que le va a pasar a algunos personajes
Hannah Givens
I love Robert Paul Weston’s books, and this is no exception. It’s kind of like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, except the factory is full of crazy creatures and the creatures invent technology instead of chocolate. It’s a kids’ fantasy story in the fine tradition of “books about gross monsters,” but it actually manages to be set in the internet age. It’s about inventors who come up with things like electric pencils and articulated roller skates for going up and down stairs while other com ...more
Cornmaven
I absolutely loved this wild story about creatures who help an inventor create amazing things, but are threatened by bigger corporate and evil interests, and the two kids who enter that world almost by happenstance. The story is fun, and the illustrations are fabulous. Those who like fantastical creatures will enjoy this, and Weston gives an nice homage to growing up with comic books and imagining that some of the stuff could actually be real. There are also nice stories about friendship and lea ...more
Jessica
While I would consider this to be a fairly well paced book for children with good suspense scenes and a mild mystery--and applaud the author's desire to expand a child's vocabulary but including words at or above the recommend reading level--I couldn't in all honesty give it a rating higher than "okay" because of too many prominent instances of disgusting bodily fluids being used as weapons or in other manners. I don't have a lot of free time for reading so I generally read while eating lunch or ...more
Rosalie
Great story about 2 friends, and uncle and the fifth largest technology producer in the world run by a few humans and hundreds of creatures. The factory is about to be closed down if it doesn't come up with a new and wonderfully amazing invention by the end of the week. Elliot and Leslie are the duo who along with Elliot's brainy Uncle Archie are the ones trying to come up with an idea!

Boys and girls in 4th grade and up should find this story full of disgusting and creepy characters, villains a
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Pamela D
I received this book for free from Wunderkind PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Creature Department is a middle grade book that tells of the story of two 12-year olds, Elliot and Leslie. Elliot's Uncle Archie works for an amazing electronics company that makes things like wireless mints and other fantastical inventions. The company hasn't been making any new inventions lately, and the company is going to be sold. Uncl
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Cass -  Words on Paper
Feb 25, 2013 Cass - Words on Paper marked it as wishlist
Shelves: 2013-release
THAT COVER!!!! RAWRRRRRRRRRRRRR SO ADORABLE. I'd get it just for the cover. I don't even know what this one is really about. :P
Mandy
I don’t generally read children’s or middle grade books, but when I saw The Creature Department at BEA this year, I was excited to give it a try. This book is a great example of why book covers are so important. A book about a bunch of monsters (okay, creatures) who work in a factory wouldn’t normally do it for me, but the cover is so colorful and vibrant that I couldn’t leave without it.

Elliot Von Doppler has always been intrigued with his uncle’s mysterious job at DENKi-3000, a large electroni
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Becky
In all the years that Elliot's uncle has worked for DENKi-3000 he's never offered his nephew a tour around the place. Until now. Archie invites Elliot and new-girl-in-town Leslie to visit the facility, giving the two kids a chance to see something no one has ever seen before: the Creature Department. But DENKi-3000 is on the brink of closure, which means the creatures who man the department are at risk. If the department can't come up with something truly, wonderfully magnificent, it could mean ...more
Bookworm1858
Source: Received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Happy Halloween everyone! This is going to be a short review because I don't have much to say.

I received a copy of this unsolicited from the publisher and was thrilled to discover that it glows in the dark after being exposed to much light. After checking out its release date, I decided to save it for review on Halloween and to hope for some spooky going-ons.

I don't know that I'd classify this necessarily as "spooky" but
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Dena (Batch of Books)
Fantastic adventure! This is a delightful and kid-friendly romp through a mysterious company that invents amazing things. The Creature Department encompasses everything that appeals to kids. Monsters, crazy inventions, flying boogers, finger pulling (with the accompanying fart), and some high flying superhero action. This book is funny, complex, interesting, and wildly entertaining.

It starts off a little slow, but gets interesting very quickly. The characters are a lot of fun and each one has a
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Kimberly J. Smith
Elliot and Leslie are obsessed with the slick and beautiful headquarters of the world's 8th largest electronics company, DENKi-3000 — it is the only interesting thing about their little town of Bickleburgh. The products produced there, like Wireless Breath Mints and the Fright Bulb, are amazing. But when the kids are invited by Elliot's Uncle Archie to tour the Research & Development Department, they discover the secret to the company's success.

THE CREATURE DEPARTMENT (Razorbill, Nov. 5th 20
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Heidi
This is the kind of book that I just love. Full of heart and humor with odd but endearing characters and awesome illustrations, The Creature Department is a definite child pleaser.

Elliot is shocked to discover that his uncle works at a factory where all the inventions and technology are actually developed by a bunch of 'creatures.' Creatures such as Jean-Remy, the fairy bat, who is the Chief of Fiddly Bitology (fiddly bits) and Gugor the Kuncklecrumpler, Chief of Rickum Ruckery. Elliot and his
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Miss Bookiverse
Liebes Creature Department,
als ich dein Cover zum ersten Mal im Internet erblickte begann eine monströse Auseinandersetzung in meinen Gedanken:
Monster #1 rief: „Guck doch! Die Monster! So süüüß!“
Welchem Monster #2 entgegensetzte: „Hm, Robert Paul Weston. Dieses Dust City von ihm hatte dir aber nicht so gut gefallen.“
Einen Kampf der Giganten konnte ich vermeiden, weil du mir auf der BEA ganz überraschend über den Weg liefst und unbedingt mit nach Deutschland wolltest. Wie könnte ich zu einem so f
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Delaney
The thing about MG--you can always count on a sappy happy ending.

The Creature Department is about a story of a girl, a guy, a inventor, and some creatures (maybe tons), and how they came to save they world and place in which they all loved to be.

Liesel is the girl main character. She moves around a lot so she has this side where she doesn't want to get attached with people because she knows she is going to leave them--so why bother with the pain. She grew from being someone who just followed h
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Michelle
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Very cute and great for children!

In a small town, the biggest company around has its mysteries. When two children get the chance to find out its secrets, a troublesome merger threatens the future of the company.

At the time I was reading this, I was in one of the larger reading slumps that I have been in since I was in college 2 and a half years ago. Perhaps I was burnt out after trying to read so many books so fast for so long. (I know, I
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Cecelia
One of the in-person events in my almost-entirely-virtual book blogging life is Book Expo America. It’s a conference/book fair hosted in New York City each year, and the attendees and exhibitors are booksellers, librarians, publishers, educators, authors and others with a professional interest in the business of books. When I went this past June, I met a virtual Creature from the imagination of Robert Paul Weston. And when I say ‘met,’ I mean a digital creation named Gügor was on a large screen, ...more
Kat
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 ...more
Jennifer Porter
Didn't care for it. The beginning was extremely tedious for me - way too many detailed descriptions of various creatures. Didn't think it was well written. Lots of errors - wrong spellings, missing words, etc. No great character development, especially with character "The Chief" - he just kind of disappears at the end and I wanted more info on his motivation and who he was. Story was lacking - could easily predict what was going to happen. Very cool cover that glows in the dark.
Mithra A.
This was a really good book and I must admit when I got reading I was hooked. I really just wanted to keep reading and reading and find out what happens next, and before I knew it, I have finished the book.
My favourite book by R. P. Weston would so far have to be Zoorgamazoo, because honestly I ABSOLUTELY ADORE THAT BOOK! When I got it I read it multiple times before my family told me to stop already. (>_>)
Next I'm going to read Dust City, and I can't wait to get into it!!!
April
There are some books where mileage may vary depending on the reader, where it’s kind of hard to universally recommend or not to everyone. The Creature Department by Robert Paul Weston is a middle grade fantasy book where I’m on the fence about it. See, I typically love middle grade books that are fantasies and have no trouble saying HEY READ THIS. Unfortunately, The Creature Department skewed kind of young for me. That is not to say I did not enjoy reading the book, because I did, I thought it w ...more
Brandi Larsen
Fantastic read. It's got the perfect combination of sweet and salty (like good dumplings) that kids will enjoy and their grown-ups will too.

Lots of great passages, but this one is my favorite:
"I don't know, Les, maybe I'm just feeling the wanderlust again."

The wanderlust. It was always the reason her mother needed to suddenly leave a place.

"All you ever think about is the next big thing, but when we get there, it's never like you thought it would be. Have you ever thought that maybe the only r
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Chris Fedor
I read the book in hopes my son (11) would be interested. The characters were endearing. The imaginative characters, inventions and names for objects kept me entertained.

I set the book down late at night and got a surprise when I turned off the light. Glow in the dark!! Amazing cover!!
Barbara
Science nerd Elliot von Doppler and new girl Leslie Fang receive an invitation to tour his uncle's workshop at the DENKI-3000 company. To their delight, they discover that the workshop is populated by all sorts of strange creatures, and it's up to the two of them to come up with a new product that will save the company from being taken over by an unsavory group more interested in profit that creating interesting gadgets. I liked how both characters were depicted as well as how there turns out to ...more
Tracy Furr
Picked this up at the 2013 Book Expo in NYC. It was ok. The boys liked it a lot; however, I felt that the author had a habit of using very large words that I thought were too difficult for the intended audience, Then, after doing so, he would follow them up with a reference to boogers. It was a good idea for a story, I just found it a bit forced.
Jill Cd
Only reason I have it 3 stars is because I can see a certain section of my student population really liking it. It was ok. I did love the glow in the dark cover though!
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