Have you ever wondered if you were meant for greater things than sitting on a couch playing video games? That's how 12 year old Willie Ford felt until that fateful day his parents told him how he was found in a dumpster 10 years ago. The Interdimensional Dumpster follows Willie and his friends as they unknowingly return to that same dumpster. They end up in a strange, yet familiar land and must help save it from an evil king.
The Interdimensional Dumpster is a fun, fast read aimed at 9-12 year olds who like adventures, heroes, video games and dragons. Willie is a fairly ordinary boy who likes video games, especially Peril in Placidia, set in a world with kings and castles and dragons. But then comes the day his parents tell him how he came to be found in a dumpster, and quickly everything changes.
Before long, Willie and his friends find themselves back in that dumpster, and through to a place that feels awfully familiar to the video game playing boy. Is he inside a game, or is something more mysterious going on?
The story moves quickly, and is sometimes rather obvious and convenient, but it looks like a good book for either reluctant readers who will see themselves in it, or young readers who simply need another good, light book.
I bought this for my Kindle after seeing a mention of it on Twitter. I recommend it, but suggest that girls or readers of either gender who are more discerning may like a somewhat similarly plotted, but better written, The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson.
Willie is a regular 12-year-old kid, or is he? He loves video games, playing sports, hanging out with his friends and he loves the parents who adopted him, but Willie will soon find out there is more to his past. His father, police officer Tom Ford, found him in a dumpster while chasing local criminal Vinnie the Scar. Somehow this doesn't phase Willie as all his life he has felt he was meant for great things. One afternoon Willie and his friends Ryan, Eleanor, Travis, and Willie's dog Candy, are playing a game in an alley when their ball mysteriously disappears into a dumpster. Little does Willie know this is the exact dumpster his father found him in ten years ago. Wanting to retrieve it they all jump in and are magically transported to Placidia, another dimension.
The story continues as Willie's worried parents follow him through the dumpster, but unfortunately get thrown in evil King Vincent's dungeon. As soon as Willie realizes his parents need his help the troupe of children, along with their new friend Amy, decide they can save his parents together. On their rescue mission they encounter dragons where Willie discovers he has hidden talents. The troupe figure out how to outmaneuver handfuls of guards and in the end Willie finds out who he really is.
I really enjoyed this children's chapter book. It was full of classic adventure with alternate worlds, dark woods, dragons, castles, kings and a rescue mission. The good and villainous characters are clearly outlined, there are no bully tpyes or characters with hidden agendas. The children's characters were believable and I think any young reader would be able to relate and understand them. The book is also easy to read and follow. The readership range would be for 7-12 years old. What really stood out to me in The Interdimensional Dumpster is the positivity of the characters, their inherent belief in themselves and that together they can figure out how to accomplish anything. This book was a refreshing read and I highly recommend it for the young reader in your life!
This book could have gotten three stars, or even four stars, if there was just a little more work thrown into it. I could tell that the author had an idea, a good one, but just wanted to get it out as fast as possible. I've done short stories before, and they turned out cruddy, but this one could have been more. The author didn't have to make it a short story. It probably shoudn't have been made a short story. I think that the author needed to love his own story more for me to love it as well. Of course, it was alright. I finished it, and the story had a beginning, a middle, and an end that made me want to know the end. But it didn't make me love it. And when you share a story it should be your goal to make your audience, whether it's their "type" of book or not, love it just as much, or more than you do yourself. I feel like telling stories is an art and the author needs a few more tries to make me feel like his book belongs on a shelf. It went so fast I didn't know the characters, even though I wanted to. This book just went the wrong way for me. It felt like a debut, which is certainly fine, if it was one. I don't know. But while a debut allows for mistakes, it should try to make me want to read more, which this, sadly, did not.