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The Creature Department

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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  499 ratings  ·  103 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 mansi
Hardcover, 330 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Razorbill
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Douglas Lord
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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)
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Christina (A Reader of Fictions) by: Blythe
Shelves: arc
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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George Arreola
this book is about monsters in a world and theirs this one kid hes the only boy and he meets a girl and the girl bully's him because he not a monster and later on he gets adopted and he sees these family of monsters so he screams he tells them to back up and the monsters were the only good people but he didn't know that so then he gets used to them and but the king sent other monsters to get him but the good monsters help him and when they kill the king the boy becomes the king and that's the en ...more
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
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
Cheri Linton
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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,
Cass -  Words on Paper
Feb 25, 2013 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
Josh Newhouse
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: january-2015
What a fun read with the whimsy of wonka and the absurdity of Seuss... I liked this a lot!
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Della Tingle
Jun 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I love being able to truly take something meaningful away from a book, even a book chock full of creatures. Without a doubt, the character that I simply could not get enough of is Jean-Remy, a French fairy-bat, half fairy, half vampire. On page 103, he says, “Zere are some who say...that to be as young as yourselves is to be free of trouble. But of is not true at all. All of us, no matter who we are—or how old we may be—we all have a bit of ze troubles from time to time. But please, ...more
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
The Creature Department, while being a great premise executed well, was missing the special something that would push it from a good book to a great book. I never felt driven or compelled to keep reading.

That said, the characters were all quirky and unique and the twists were inventive (as were the inventions). A fine book that didn't quite live up to my expectations after reading Zorgomazoo.
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars - a lot of fun
Raynette Schroeder
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read with my son and he really enjoyed it. Loved Jean-Remy. Started reading the sequel: Gobbled by Ghorks.
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Inventive, imaginative, and an overall fun novel.
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Justyn Rampa
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Family bedtime book for Ozzy.

He absolutely loved it!

Robert Paul Weston is a treasure:-)

Peter Jones
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
My son really enjoyed this one
Oct 25, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Pamela D
Dec 31, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jun 01, 2013 rated it liked it
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
There were lots of nuggets of wonderful ideas in this book that were, sadly, poorly executed. In the hands of another author (I'm thinking Neil Gaiman or someone similar...) this book might have worked better for me. Sadly, things just never came together and I found myself actually feeling somewhat bored through most of the book.

The creatures in the book were kind of interesting. They all had unique personalities, though, in some cases, I felt like the author was trying way too hard to give the
Jul 25, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Kimberly Smith
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.

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Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
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
Aug 24, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Hannah Givens
Jul 21, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Dena (Batch of Books)
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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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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