Take a good portion of Lemony Snicket and add some Captain Underpants sensibility and plenty of Eaton's own flavorsOne opinion about The Facttracker:
Take a good portion of Lemony Snicket and add some Captain Underpants sensibility and plenty of Eaton's own flavors to get this mix of intellectual absurdity, all wielded to share an actual story with a definite point to make. This book is a lot of fun and I highly recommend it to 4th-6th grade readers and anyone else attracted to what follows.
A few facts about The Facttracker:
The table of contents takes 6 pages, as there are 50 chapters (plus chapters 2 1/2 and 2 3/4), many with rather long, convoluted titles like: The Answer to a Question That Wasn't Even Asked. And the Question Is This: What Were the Townspeople Up To?
The book opens with: A fictitious friend of mine once told me, "Everyone loves a good explosion." Sadly, he told this to me just moments before he himself exploded, but it was good advice nonetheless.
The protagonist is called the "just small enough boy": [He] was so small that he was almost too small. But not quite. He was just small enough.
Much of the book takes place in the Liebrary.
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The true test of a society isn't how many lies it has; it's how many it believes....more
Nobody lived on Deadweather but us and the pirates, this book opens, the "us" being the family that owns the ugly fruit plantation with labor providedNobody lived on Deadweather but us and the pirates, this book opens, the "us" being the family that owns the ugly fruit plantation with labor provided by ex-pirates too mutilated to earn any other living. Egbert is the youngest in the family, which means he has spent his life being the smallest, weakest, most abused person in his world. Fortunately--or not, depending on your perspective--he knows that his world is not the entire world because he has discovered the joy of reading and devoured every book he's encountered. The greater world seems a much kinder, more exciting place than his meager, maltreated life on his isolated island.
I'd always consoled myself, when I dreamed about life outside of Deadweather, with the thought that somewhere there were better, more civilized people, who wouldn't turn into a pack of snarling dogs because a man who was good with words had whipped them into a frenzy.
Egbert's isolation comes to an end the day his father makes some sort of discovery, and he finds himself testing his theory about better, more civilized people in the countless situations of danger and peril that he is thrown. Egg's tale begins slowly--though from the start he narrates it with a subtle, sophisticated wit--then eventually rewards the patient reader with a rousing adventure of piracy, greed, love, and noble sacrifices. He's a true underdog and a pleasure to root for. I'm excited to read the next chapter of his chronicles....more
Simple. Elegant. Genuine. Wonderful. I don't think it's for everyone, but I loved it. After finishing it I just sat and savored what I was feeling forSimple. Elegant. Genuine. Wonderful. I don't think it's for everyone, but I loved it. After finishing it I just sat and savored what I was feeling for a while (which is rare for me, since I'm always doing something)....more