Welcome to my review of Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye by Tania del Rio and illustrated by Will Staehle, This fun middle-grade read is chock full of unique elements and a mystery to solve, all set in the Victorian era, with illustrations by Will Staehle and a unique visual design that provide as much enjoyment as the story. Please read on for my review and see a sample of some illustrations from the title.
Quirky and clever with a darker twist, Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye mixes magic, mystery, history and our hero Warren. At just 12, he is the lone bellboy, exterminator, handyman and all-around errand boy in the rather run down hotel, owned by his rather lazy and negligent uncle Rupert and his new wife, Annaconda. She is convinced that the All Seeing Eye is hidden somewhere in the hotel, and is rumored to have amazing powers.
There’s no wonder that Warren dreams of traveling to other places, having free time and generally not having to deal with Annaconda and Rupert. Several characters are introduced, each more strange than the last, that fill out the story and help readers to picture the world. Now I need to discuss the illustrations – each page has an illustration of the story, complete in black white and red. These illustrations bring a sense of the darkness, strangeness and clever visual representation of the story from the artist.
Winding up a twisty Cinderella-like story, Warren is a little ‘too’ good to be true, but the themes of kindness, loyalty, hard work and imagination are strongly present and will give flight to the imagination of younger readers.
Title: Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye
Author: Tania del Rio
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Victorian
Published by: Quirk Books
Published on: 24 November 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 5 Hours (approx)
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Meet Warren the 13th, a cursed 12-year-old Victorian bellhop who’s terribly unlucky . . . yet perpetually optimistic, hard-working, and curious. Orphan Warren’s pride and joy is his family’s hotel, but he’s been miserable ever since his evil Aunt Anaconda took over the management. Anaconda believes a mysterious treasure known as the All-Seeing Eye is hidden somewhere on the grounds, and she’ll do anything to find it.
If Warren wants to preserve his family’s legacy, he’ll need to find the treasure first—if the hotel’s many strange and wacky guests don’t beat him to it!
This middle-grade adventure features gorgeous two-color illustrations on every page and a lavish two-column Victorian design that will pull young readers into a spooky and delightful mystery.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.