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A Whole Nother Story

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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 January 1st 2010 by Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books (first published December 22nd 2009)
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Ople Murphy If danger lurks and your heart is racing, don't be afraid be amazing.…moreIf danger lurks and your heart is racing, don't be afraid be amazing.(less)
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Clare Cannon
May 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
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Rwitoban Bhaduri
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books. It is very funny. It is about three children, Jough, who is the oldest, Gerald (who according to me is the youngest), Maggie (whose full name is Magenta-Jean Jurgenson), with their father Mr Ethan Cheeseman (yeah, that's his real name), who has invented a machine so amazing that all sorts of evildoers are after it. These evildoers include secret agents, superspies and villains. One of these villains poisons the mother of those three children we talked about earl ...more
Angela
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Chris
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Kira M for TeensReadToo.com

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
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Venus
Mar 24, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Linda Hart
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Joey
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the silliest and goofiest books I have ever read. There is never a dull moment, I always wanted to keep on reading. The main characters in the story changed their names about halfway through the book and they only reference them as that name throughout the rest of the book. There are two more books in the series, and I just can't wait to read them. ...more
Emily
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, ya, children, humor
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
Lynn
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Niko
Dec 31, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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Jack
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
BOOK REVIEW
Time flies...Right? Review of A Whole Nother Story by Dr. Cuthbert Soup




Do you like time machines? Villains? Families on the run? Hilarious jokes? Psychic hairless fox terriers named Pinky? Well, then this is the book for you. Jump into a land where Ethan Cheeseman and his three smart, polite, attractive, and relatively odor free children are in a race against evil henchmen, secret governmental agents, and international superspies to fix their super secret time machine and save Ethan’s
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Ronald Roseborough
Jan 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 25, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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Zora
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A child's book appropriate for children, parents reading to children, teens, adults without children, grandparents, great-grandparents reading aloud to a blind partner, and sentient sock puppets. It's laugh-aloud funny, and like good animated family movies contains jokes just for the adults. Just read it. ...more
babyhippoface
Jan 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, kids-fiction
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 ...more
Patrick
Sep 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Listened on audio. Or tried to listen! Couldn't really follow story line and/or characters. Just didn't grab me. Maybe too silly and/or strange. I could see some kids liking the weirdness of it all! ...more
Luisa
May 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book was very funny but it could've had a little more action. ...more
Betsy
Sep 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
Couldn't take it... Gave up before chapter 3. ...more
Crystalchidester
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very silly. I read it out loud to my family while driving. Takes a minute to get into his humor, but I giggled plenty.
Monica Hocking
Me actually finished it. It became frustrating and difficult to follow. Me kept struggling along but finally stopped on page #104. Maybe me will try again at a later time. so me no finished it!
Abby Crow (enneagrams)
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So fun and light hearted! Definitely made me laugh. If you’re wanting a complex plot and serious delving into the plot this is not the book for you. This is just funny and joyful.
Marsha
Absurd, whimsical, weird and exasperating the way only family can be, this novel follows the travels of three Baudelaire-like children and their indulgent, easy-going father. Their mother died under not-so-mysterious circumstances and goonish, ridiculous and sinister people are tracking them in order to get their hands on a time machine, one with the bizarre, pseudo-scientific nomenclature of Luminal Velocity Regulator or LVR for short.

The children are your typical bickering siblings with odd li
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Chazzi
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile, humour
A psychic, hairless dog, top secret government agents, various members of a traveling circus...with characters like that I just had to read it. Figured it would be a whopper of a tale, and I was right.

The Cheeseman family seems to constantly be on the run. Trying to stay ahead of the government agents, international super spies and corporate villains who are all after the LVR that Mr. Cheeseman has invented. The LVR is a time travel machine that should work once Mr. Cheeseman remembers the secre
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Michal G
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Cheeseman and his three pleasant, relatively odor free children are on the run from the CIA, international superspies, and corporate agents. Mr. Cheeseman and his wife have created a time machine that, if it fell into the wrong hands, could be used as a weapon. The people who are after him will do anything to get that machine, even kill. In this book you follow this unfortunate family as they meet strange characters, run from villains, and finally save the day. Cuthbert soup is hilarious and ...more
Elizabeth
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Get ready to buckle up for the funniest, wackiest, and most bizarre trip of your life. Fans of The Eddie Dickens Trilogy and The Unfortunate Events series will eat this story (and its nutty writing style) up!

Mr. Cheeseman and his three relatively odor-free children are on the run from the CIA, international superspies, and evil agents from... a microwave company? All of these agents are after one thing— the LVR. It’s an invention Mr. Cheeseman created that may just be the key to saving his wife
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Angie
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Clever and creative, very imaginative story. The writer had fun writing asides and little jokes throughout - thoroughly entertained me. I was impressed with the way some pretty real and serious topics (death of parent, moving to a new town, making new friends, etc) were handled kindly and sensitively, all while staying fairly light and focusing on the imaginative adventure. I loved the characters - there were a lot of them! And I ended the book desperately wanting to read a whole nother story an ...more
Ben
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a delightful, sometimes delirious, and even occasionally delicious book. There is, however, nothing deleterious in its contents toward delegates from Delaware or delis at Deloitte headquarters. I never knew a sock puppet could be a heroic martyr, and the playful creativity of the story and its narrator made this a humorous book to read.
Heather Penner
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mg, humor, dnf
I need to state up front: I DNF'd this book.

It is rare that a book makes me actually laugh out loud on page one, so the book started out with tremendous promise. And indeed, there is a lot of both silly and clever humor in this book. But at some point the humorous digressions become tedious. The underlying story itself is dull, and by 50 p in I was bored. My boys felt the same way.
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Allison
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Silly preposterous fun for my son and I to enjoy together- perfect! This book was a great stress reliever and made us laugh out loud on many occasions. Anything that gets my almost 12 year old to belly laugh like he does is a winner in my book! Classic writing this ain't, but loads of clever fun it is! (And better than some of the other stuff we've read...) We're looking forward to the sequel! ...more
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