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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  2,393 ratings  ·  321 reviews
The three Cheeseman children, their father, and their psychic dog are all on the run. From whom? Well the CIA, naturally. But also corporate agents #5, #29, and # 207, plus two international superspies -- one of whom happens to be a chimpanzee. They all want Dr. Cheeseman and his late wife's greatest invention–a machine with unspeakable powers–OK, I'll say it. It's a time ...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published December 22nd 2009 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Clare Cannon
May 10, 2011 Clare Cannon rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 9-15 years
Shelves: 08-12yrs

I do love an intelligently humorous book for kids, this one will appeal especially to boys and to everyone who enjoys wry humour, witty word-plays and not too exaggerated slap-stick humour.
A Whole Nother Story by Dr. Cuthbert Soup is an hilarious novel in which you will meet: Three attractive, polite, relatively odor-free children; a physic, hairless dog; secret spy agents; and of course, Steve the sock puppet.
Mr. Cheeseman has a knack for inventing things. His latest invention, a time machine called the LVR, attracts many secret agencies that are forever trying to use it for their own evil deeds. No matter what they try to bribe him with, they never get to the time machine becau
This book is so funny. I liked it so much that I wrote to the author and he answered me back!

Hello Dr. Soup,
I've brought your book to my 14 year old son and he loved it.
I've listen to a couple of intense adult non-fiction books and decided that it is time for me to take a break with a funny book.
I was so lucky to download your first book and I was laughing out load.
Please, please, please write a book for adults.
I will be the first one to read it.
Meanwhile I will have to be satisfied with your ki
Jennifer Wardrip
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Mr. Cheeseman is an inventor in the process of inventing something miraculous and marvelous in all sorts of ways. However, he has to finish it first. The problem is that it would be disastrous if it was to fall into the wrong hands - and many wrong hands are after it.

Forced to flee their house using their wits and an inertia ray (a cool gadget that actually slows down one's pursuers should you need one), Mr. Cheeseman and his three clean, polite, relatively
Three stars for the story itself, five stars for the smart aleck storytelling and audiobook narrator, so I averaged it out to a four. Because there is an exciting tale of intrigue and espionage starring an inventive father, his two sons and one daughter, a host of government agents and goons, and all the people they meet over the course of their adventure, but this isn't really a book based on plot and character development. No, the joy of this tale is the telling, the constant clever asides, sn ...more
Overall Review: Have you ever wondered what moths are thinking, always running into hot lightbulbs at night? Did you know that the fear of the number 13 has a name? Have you ever really wanted a fantastic (and super silly) recipe for Squash? Find these answers and a whole lot more Unsolicited Advice inside ‘A Whole Nother Story’! Silliness is the order of the day in this absolutely hilarious book! I was laughing before the story even started! The humor is dry and sly—it sometimes took me totally ...more
Aug 23, 2010 Lynn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Rachel
(3rd grade +) This zany story is a fast-paced read, loaded with funny characters. I love that this family, composed of an inventor father; a teenage boy; a twelve-year old girl; an 8 year-old boy with a sock puppet named Steve; and a bald, psychic fox terrier named Pinky, is so supportive of their dad and of each other, despite their individual quirkiness. Ethan Cheeseman, the father, has nearly completed a time travel machine, which several entities want. The family is pursued by a cast of char ...more
This book proves that the mania for the Lemony Snickett/Mysterious Benedict Society genre isn't dead. A Whole Nother Story is clearly keeping the world of unfortunate events alive. It is a very entertaining book full of intrigue, unusual and sometimes silly characters. A fortuneteller with short term memory loss, a tightrope walker who has vertigo, a cowboy poet, a hairless dog who can warn the family of danger approaching no matter the distance, and a one eyed sock puppet who has a mind of his ...more
Ronald Roseborough
This is a very entertaining book filled with intriguing, unusual and sometimes delightfully silly characters. A fortuneteller with short term memory loss, a cowboy poet who rhymes too much, a tightrope walker who has vertigo, a hairless dog who can warn the family of danger approaching from miles away and a one eyed sock puppet who has a mind of his own, are just some of the characters who energize these pages. All these and more are a part of the everyday life of the Cheeseman family on the run ...more
Lisa the Librarian
This is a fun "summer read". Meaning it is just a fun book to read for pure enjoyment.

The story is told with a wry sense of humor reminicent of Lemony Snicket, but with less biting wit and irony.

The story of three children escaping from dangerous people hot on their tail, but they do have their father who is also part of the escape plot. Along the way they meet some interesting characters and have to think fast and improvise ways to elude their would-be captors.

Despite the plot overview this is
I was in a very bad mood the other morning. I had to fly from Disneyworld back to my boring job working on budgets, while my wife, a teacher with the summer off, stayed down there for another week. Further, my daughter told me we had to go to the airport 4 hours early because she wanted to get in early at her job where she would spend her time drawing new designs for the store at the Test Track ride in EPCOT.

Fortunately I had packed A Whole Nother Story for this foul mood eventuality.

I'd heard
Jun 09, 2014 Micki rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: pre teen age group
This was a cute book. The age listed is 8-12. I think that "8" is a bit young. Although I am not in touch with this generation of children so maybe 8 year olds would like it. To me, this book is like some of the "children's" movies now-a-days. For children, but adults catch some of the humor that most children would not.

This book was written in a very engaging manner. If it hadn't been for the new puppy I have - it would have been a very quick read. However, since it stretched out to a whole we
Natalie Stahl
This book is a really good book. It is cool how the children in this book have to change there names to be safe form an evil corporation that wants to steal their fathers invention.

This book starts out with the Olivia Cheeseman getting murdered by the mysterious Mr. 5. Olivia and her husband, Ethan Cheeseman, are working on a huge project called the L.V.R. That is a machine that can transport you back in time. The mysterious Mr. 5 was put on the job of steeling the magnificent machine. Because
Linda Hart
This is a great book for all ages. Children will not want you to put it down and the tongue in cheek humor will have adults in stitches. Good morals taught with opportunities for meaningful parent child talks. Entertaining and fast paced book 2 in a series. I did not read book 1 but picked up ongoing plot easily and enjoyed it enough that I will likely read more in series. Young adults will get a kick out of it.
Amanda Carpenter
Soup. C. (2010). A whole nother story. New York. Bloomsbury Books for Young Readers

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This book is filled with suspense, humor, and science fiction. A family who created a time machine is being followed by the CIA. The family goes through many adventures trying to escape from being followed. The main characters wife dies unexpectedly and the family tries to get the time machine working to travel back to try to prevent her death. This book would be great for fourth or fi
Fun little book. Kids who have a quirky sense of humor will like this one. There's a bit of mystery, lots of bad guys, and tons of humor. My favorite character may very well have been Steve, the sock puppet. :D
Addison Children
In the style of Lemony Snicket this tale has a father and his three children on the run from a corporate mob, a super secret government agency (U.S.), and a Russian spy and his monkey. Dad has invented a time machine. It is not yet operable as Mom wrote the code and the mob killed her. This best thing about always being on the run is getting to pick your own new name. One of the boys chose Joe Smith and was criticized by the rest of the family for a lack of creativity. Then he explained it was s ...more
This book was very funny but it could've had a little more action.
Charlyn  Trussell
Dr. Cuthbert Soup joins those pseudonymous authors Snicket and Bosch who craft their tales with asides to the reader. Soup uses entire chapters to sail off on unrelated topics. And the story itself is just as quirky. Ethan Cheeseman has invented a time machine much coveted by others for nefarious activities. Unfortunately, these goons get to Mrs. Cheeseman and murder her before the Cheeseman family recognize the peril the invention has brought to their lives. Fortunately, they have a psychic dog ...more
Cheryl C.
Mr. Cheesman has invented a device so powerful that all sorts of evildoers want to get their hands on it. The LVR can do an amazing thing–which I won’t tell you because you need to read the book–and what that means for Mr. Cheeseman and his “three attractive, polite, relatively odor-free children” is running from town to town to stay away from the bad guys and changing their names, hoping to stay in one place long enough for the kids to make friends and maybe explore their interests.

Not only has
In a very Lemony Snicket-ish manner, Dr. Cuthbert Soup introduces us to the Cheeseman family. I would share their names here but unfortunately, they change quite often! You see the Cheesemans are on the run from a few top secret agencies because of Mr.Cheeseman's invention, the LVR, an unfinished time machine. To keep himself and his three children, hairless psychic dog, and sock puppet friend safe, Cheeseman has taught his family to be ready to relocate at a moment's notice. There is never quit ...more
For me, there's a bit of Twain in Dr. Soup's upcoming middle-grade novel. A combination of humor and satire grabs readers and encourages them along a swiftly narrated adventure. The action follows Mr. Cheeseman and his three unique and savvy children. On the lam in order to protect a time machine Mr. Cheeseman has created, they must elude an unbelievable and funny array of characters with ill intentions. Through the course of their journey, they befriend quirky characters and together become a t ...more
I'll bet you've never met a family quite like the Cheeseman clan. And even if you have, you'd never guess the pickle of a mess they are in. Mr. Cheeseman and his three "attractive, polite and relatively odor-free" children have been on the run for years. You see, they are in possession of a pretty hot commodity. And the Coats (various federal agencies and superspies) are after them. Mr. Cheeseman is the inventor of an LVR time machine, which is ALMOST working and should absolutely not get in the ...more
This is a wonderfully entertaining children's novel. A father and his three children are on the run, staying ahead of corporate villains, secret government agents, and international superspies, all bent on getting their hands on his latest invention. With humor along the lines of Dave Barry, Douglas Adams, and (Brandon Sanderson's) Alcatraz series, it is often hilarious with off-the-wall narrative and side-commentary ("unsolicited advice").

Aside from the humor, I love the family relationships. T
Ethan Cheeseman ist mit seinen Kindern auf der Flucht vor verschiedenen Agenten, die ihm seine Erfindung die LGS abjagen wollen. Die LGS ist eine Zeitmaschine, die leider im Moment noch nicht funktioniert und die die einzige Möglichkeit für die Familie ist, um in die Vergangenheit zu reisen um die Mutter der Kinder vor den Agenten zu retten, die sie vor zwei Jahren getötet haben.

Dieses Kinderbuch ist völlig verrückt und wird durch die vielen skurrilen Charaktere belebt. Die drei Kinder wechseln
Beth Maline
Oct 25, 2012 Beth Maline marked it as to-read
This book, told by Dr. Cuthbert Soup is a delight. An inventor (Ethan Cheeseman) and his three children (ages 8, 12, 14) are on the run. Talk about corporate espionage! There are spies, and Mr. Cheeseman ends up losing his wife as he runs for his life after he invents a time machine. His children are described as in constant state of 'near friendlessness' because the family is constantly on the run from the villians in this story (there are many!) but you smile as each page turns because this st ...more
Oct 17, 2014 Cheryl rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
So much fun!! I found this in the FreeCycle pile in my apartment building and thought I would pass it along to my niece and nephew. They might enjoy it, but I know my BCinDC grown-up friends would have a ball with it, so I will take along to the next meet-up.

A scientist with a powerful and amazing invention he needs to protect until it is finished, that is being pursued by secret agents, superspies, and villains of all sorts. He is on the run with his three children who were "smart, pleasant, wi
Ethan Cheeseman has three (er, four?) children who are "attractive, polite, and relatively odor-free". The family, along with their psychic hairless dog, has been living on the run since Mrs. Cheeseman died a few years before. They are being pursued by some top-secret government agents, international super-spies accompanied by a variety of pets, and some evil corporate henchman. This motley crew of bad guys all have the same motive - get the LVR! The LVR is an amazing machine invented by Mr. and ...more
This book was so fun to read. The humor was clever, deadpan, and laugh-out-loud funny. It was been a long time since I've read a book that was so truly funny and absolutely appropriate in every way. I started reading this book aloud to my 7-year-old, but it was a bit over his head. I'd be chuckling, and he'd be staring at me with question marks in his eyes. So instead, I finished reading it on my own (and told my husband to read it as well!). Perfect book for an older elementary-aged child and m ...more
Marina Pierce
This book is filled with humor and creativity, what with a secret agent chimpanzee and his pet goldfish, there are many bizarre factors in this book. I only disliked a few parts in the book, and it was just that all the characters names were changed a few chapters into the book. That was a bit confusing, but other than that this book was a fun, quick read. I would recommend this book to people interested in science fiction or fantasy novels. The characters in this book are funny, and relatable. ...more
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