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The Wooden Mile

(Something Wickedly Weird #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  519 ratings  ·  85 reviews

Something Wickedly Weird is most definitely here! Crampton Rock seems like a lovely seaside town…at least until dark. When eleven-year-old Stanley Buggles inherits a house from a mysterious uncle he didn't know he had, he also inherits a mystery and some strange and sinister new neighbors. The que
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Roaring Brook Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Owen Isenhart
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
How would you feel if you were just an 11 year old boy whose uncle had just mysteriously passed away with his head missing and it's your job to figure out what happened? Well, the award winning author Chris Mould's book, The Wooden Mile, had Stanley, a young boy, go through this disaster. Stanley receives a house in Crampton Rock from his uncle who he'd never seen before. It all seems nice, until he notices something that doesn't make sense in the town. Nobody is ever out in dark, and all the do ...more
Barb Middleton
Sep 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, fantasy
This weird, creepy book is going to appeal to some, but I don't think it is going to entice most readers. Stanley Buggles has inherited a house from an unknown relative in Crampton Rock, but the village is not quite right. People scuttle indoors when night falls, lookout towers are sprinkled here and there, and a talking taxidermied fish cautions Stanley against a lady who lives in the water. When Stanley discovers that a werewolf is on the loose he is recruited by pirates to kill it. Unbeknowns ...more
Aug 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Eleven-year-old Stanley Buggles just received a mysterious package. Inside was a large, old key and a letter from the Mayoress of Crampton Rock. It seems that Stanley had a long lost great-uncle who just died and left him a house. Now Stanley is off to visit Candlestick Hall for the summer under the watchful eye of Mrs. Carelli, the housekeeper of Candlestick Hall.

As he arrives on Crampton Rock, Stanley realizes right away that he’s in a strange place. For one thing you can’t even set foot on th
Jul 23, 2010 rated it liked it
When eleven year old Stanley Buggles inherits a house from an unknown great-uncle, he has no idea what lies ahead. His parents put him on the train and send off to Crampton Rock for the summer to take possession of his new property. Things aren't quite that simple, as Stanley soon discovers. Before he can set foot on Crampton Rock, he has to present the proper documents proving that he is a land-owner. Only those that actually own property on the island are allowed to cross the wooden mile, a lo ...more
Sep 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
"This book is a really fun read that will appeal to a wide range of readers. It's part Roald Dahl and part Lemony Snicket -- but unlike Snicket, this book will be readable by a wider range of children. The chapters aren't quiet as long and the spacing is done with more room and there are some illustrations- which is terrific for just getting started with chapter books. The hero of the book is likeable and the other characters are well described. There is just enough mystery and adventure to keep ...more
Kathy (Bermudaonion)
Aug 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
The Wooden Mile: Something Wickedly Weird is a delightful book written by Chris Mould for 9 to 12 year olds, but I’m a few years past that and I loved it. It is published by Roaring Brook Press.

It is the story of eleven year old Stanley Buggles, an ordinary boy who received a letter informing him that his Great-Uncle Bartholomew (who he’s never met) has died and left his estate and and all of his possessions to Stanley. It is decided that Stanley should visit the estate, Candlestick Hall in Cram
May 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Stanley Buggles inherits a property on Crampton rock from his long-lost uncle. When he goes to see the place, he realizes that Crampton Rock is not a normal place. First, he has to have papers to prove he can step foot on CR, then he's told not to go out at night. Come to find out that there is a werewolf on the loose and three pirates want him to get rid of it. Of course, they don't have the well-being of the citizens of CR in mind--they want to be able to go out at night to rob Stanley of a pr ...more
This is a great "scary" series for books who enjoy phillip Ardagh or a silly story with a scary theme. The illustrations that go along with the story are great and it is a little high interest low level going on here. Not to mention I love talking fish and how do you confuse a pike and a tuna? Grades 3+
Thomas Moss
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This author has a very good grip round this genre of books. I think this book has got to be one of my favourites.

He has done a series which are below;

Wooden Mile
Icy Hand
Silver Casket
Darkling Curse
Smugglers Mine
Treasure Keepers
Mar 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Mould, C. (2007). Something Wickedly Weird: The Wooden Mile. New York: Roaring Brook Press.


Stanley, as the youngest living relative of his great-uncle, inherits the deceased man’s hall and all of the wackiness of the people who live in the town of Compton Rock. Stanley leaves home without his busy parents to take possession of the immense Candlestick Hall and is greeted by unusual characters and strange rules, one of which is “don’t go out after dark.”

The story includes a lot of humoro
Teresa Scherping Moulton
Young Stanley Buggles has just been informed that a previously unknown great-uncle has died and left Stanley a large house called Candlestick Hall on an island called Crampton Rock. Stanley goes alone to visit the estate and discovers a quaint fishing village that can only been reached when the tide is down via a long wooden bridge . As it turns out, Candlestick Hall and Crampton Rock each have many secrets. While Stanley loves his first experience of the ocean, he is unsure of what to make of t ...more
I was given a small pile of children books to read (3 books to be exact) and this was one of them.

It's a bit hard to review this book because I don't have all that much to say about it. I didn't find this book boring nor did I find it that exciting. It certainly is a book aimed for little children which was the whole point for my reading.

But in some places it just fell a little flat. I didn't feel compelled to keep turning the pages to find what happened next.

I'm sure this book will excite some
Karen :)
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this when I was around 8 or 9 years old, and these were the books that got me into reading. I was one of those kids who would have much rather have been outside climbing a tree, or hitting someone with a stick, than picking up a book.

Anyway, these were the books that made me want to read. They were "scary" (according to my 9-year-old self) and exciting. I flew through these books in one summer (which actually says a lot, because that was precious ice cream eating and stick fighting time
Oct 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stanley Buggles receives a letter containing a mysterious key in the post. He inherits his great-uncle's house on Crampton Rock, after his uncle Bartholomew Swift dies. It sounds like an ideal holiday home, but there’s a twist. Stanley, Mrs Carrelli and Lionel Grouse are the main characters in this non-fiction book. The villains in this adventure novel are William Cake, who is the werewolf, and the pirates: Randall Flinn; Sharkbait Jones; and Bill Timbers. Stanley decides to go to Crampton Rock ...more
I read this as The Werewolf and the Ibis - which is a better title.

An enjoyable opening to the Something Wickedly Weird series of children's books by author/illustrator Chris Mould who we went to see at a local library event recently. A good cast of characters (many of them distinctly creepy) - a pack's worth of three legged dogs, a talking pike, a pirate who wears the bones of his left arm and hand pinned to his jacket.

I thought the theme of unintended consequences was a very fine one for a ch
Jun 21, 2009 rated it liked it
The title of this series caught my eye ("Something Wickedly Weird"), as did the dark front cover. In reading the book, though, I didn't find it all that weird, and the interior art was only so-so. There are pictures of crabs on the chapter headings and elsewhere in the book that are never mentioned ... what's up with the crabs? The writing is pretty good and flows easily. The reason I give this just *** is because the plot is sometimes rushed or isn't all that convincing. Two examples, which oth ...more
Sean Pottratz
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this book once when I was little but I read it again recently because I loved it so much when I read it the first time. It's about a boy who is sent off to this town that is very muggy and kind of old and grey. He stays in a giant house with many weird things, like the fish in the tank. During his stay some strange encounters occur. He keeps spotting the same wolf in the distance. In the end he has to fight the wolf. I really liked this book because I like to read about creepy mystery boo ...more
The Wooden Mile is a hilarious romp with plenty of pirates and adventure featuring young Stanley Buggles as the main character. Stanley is eleven and has recently inherited a large home in the seaside town of Crampton Rock from his unknown uncle Admiral Swift. Stanley's parents are unable to accompany him to Crampton Rock so he ventures there on his own to spend the summer in the care of housekeeper, Mrs. Corelli. When Stanley arrives he begins to realize nothing is quite as it seems it this sle ...more
Ana Emilia
Aug 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Eleven year old Stanley Buggles has inherited his late Great-Uncle Admiral Bartholomew Swift's estate, Candlestick Hall. He sets out for Crampton Rock, a small fishing village, where the property is located. Candlestick Hall and Crampton Rock turn out to be quite interesting, but also wickedly weird!

This is a page turner filled with adventure and creative characters: pirates, a werewolf, an overprotective housekeeper, a wise keeper of the rock, and a talking fish.

The very detailed pencil drawin
Nov 14, 2012 rated it liked it
A short amusing tale of a boy who inherits a house from his long lost great uncle Admiral Swift. The house is on Crampton Rock a strange little place, only reachable when the tide is out. Once he's installed in the house he discovers all sorts of secrets, about his great-uncle and the town itself. He must face off against not only a werewolf, but blood-thirsty pirate as well.

And who knows what kind of magic imbues the stuffed pike that occasionally talks to him. Weird characters abound in this s
May 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-scary
Eleven-year-old Stanley Buggles is happily anticipating a long summer vacation in the house he inherits from his great-uncle. He soon discovers, after arriving in the seemingly peaceful village of Crampton Rock, that along with the house, he has inherited some seriously weird neighbors, a talking stuffed fish, and a host of mysteries surrounding his great-uncle's death.

The Wooden Mile by Chris Mould is the first title of the series "Something Wickedly Weird". These "Weird" books have wonderfully
Tom Franklin
Nov 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
A young boy inherits a manor house in a town that gets cut off from the mainland at high tide. Toss in three ex-pirates, an elderly shopkeeper who turns into a werewolf every night and you have all of the makings for a fun kids book.

For me, however, that didn't happen. All of the ingredients were there, including some great illustrations (and a fantastic font for the messages) but it all fell flat. None of it was all that funny, nor exciting, nor... well, all that worth the time.

Very disappoint
Sara Truog
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Accidentally posted without reviewing - sorry! A kid inherits a house from a relative he didn't know he had. When he goes to check it out, he finds out that the house is in a town with a lot of secrets, involving werewolves, pirates, and a creepy candy shop, that of course must be uncovered. Daniel declined to read this one but I was entertained. My library book club will be reading this in October - a spooky book for a spooky month!
Kaethe Douglas
it's a great set-up: young Stanly Buggles has inherited a house from a great-uncle he didn't know he had. He gets to go off and live in his house for the summer under the watchful (but not too watchful) eye of a faithful housekeeper. The house happens to be set on a most unusual island, full of mysteries and adventures and pirates and werewolves.

For me it didn't quite gel, but the PandaBat loved it. I'll certainly be willing to try more.
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐for Something Wickedly Weird: The Wooden Mile by Chris Mould. Stanley Buggles moves to Crampton Rock and lives in Candlestick Hall which he inherited from his Great Uncle Bart. He lives with Mrs. Corelli, the housekeeper and care giver of the Hall. Stanley is curious about everything and why there are only dogs with three legs living on the island. Stanley gets into adventures and lots of trouble trying to discover what caused his uncle's death. ...more
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spooky, jfic
I love the black line illustrations in these creepy kids books. This had a pretty good, cute if somewhat grim story. I will definitely try to find the rest of the series at my library. I wanted something similar to Uncle Montague's Tales of Terrorwhich I read last year based on its creepy content and illustrations, and I found it.
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Took this one at the library just on the pretty cool cover art and interesting name, thinking it could be fun to read it to my son some years from now but I was disappointed. The story is very simple, not very well written, even for children and the characters have no deepness at all.
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Very weird book, feels more like a sketch than a story (imho), but lovely pictures!
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
I picked the first two books of this series at a library sale for a dollar a piece. I enjoy illustrated chapter books and figured it would be handy to have around for the kids. My wife recently pulled them off the shelf and was planning on reading them just to see what they were about. Need a quick and light read while fighting a cold I decided to check them out as well.

This is where my inability to fairly judge book for younger readers comes into play. It seemed a little too simplistic and easy
This was a fun mysterious story with fantastic illustrations and quirky characters. I love Sharkbait Jones with his bare bones for his left arm sewn onto his jacket. My husband read this to us as a family using different voices for each character. That made it even more entertaining...into Something Silly.
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Chris Mould is the illustrator of Captain Beastlie’s Pirate Party, written by Lucy Coats. Chris went to art school at the age of sixteen. During this time, he did various jobs, from delivering papers to washing-up. He has won the Nottingham Children’s Book Award and been commended for the Sheffield. He loves his work and likes to write and draw the kind of books that he would have liked to have on

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