Monday, May 30, 2016

Bibliophile's Corner

The Doldrums
by Nicholas Gannon

Flap Copy Description:
Archer B. Helmsley has grown up in a house full of oddities and treasures collected by his grandparents, the famous explorers. He knows every nook and cranny. He knows them all too well. After all, ever since his grandparents went missing on an iceberg, his mother barely lets him leave the house.

Archer longs for adventure. Grand adventures, with parachutes and exotic sunsets and interesting characters. But how can he have an adventure when he can’t leave his house?

It helps that he has friends like Adélaïde L. Belmont, who must have had many adventures to end up with a wooden leg. (Perhaps from a run-in with a crocodile. Perhaps not.) And Oliver Glub. Oliver will worry about all the details (so that Archer doesn’t have to).

And so Archer, Adélaïde, and Oliver make a plan. A plan to get out of the house, out of their town entirely. It’s a good plan.

Well, it’s not bad, anyway.

But nothing goes quite as they expect.

My Thoughts:
The Doldrums is the debut middle grade novel by Nicholas Gannon - it's wondrously whimsical! Young readers will fall in love with the trio of friends that author/illustrator Nicholas Gannon has created. Archer, Adelaide, and Oliver are extremely entertaining with their dry wit and zany shenanigans. Their wild imaginations ultimately lead them to plan an adventure far away from their homes on Willow Street. It's too much fun! This well-written tale is sure to delight readers of all ages. I anxiously anticipate the release of Book Two in The Doldrums series!

Click here to learn about the author Nicholas Gannon.

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