Book Review: Alistair Grim’s Odditorium by Gregory Funaro

23597998I received this ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Expected Publication: January 6, 2015 by Disney Hyperion

This new book will be the first in a middle-grade series.

Summary: Grubb is a twelve year old orphan who was raised by a chimney sweep.  It was a miserable childhood.  He was forced to sleep in the stable with the old horse and fed scraps.  One day he was sweeping the chimneys of a local inn and ended up hiding away in a guests trunk.  It was an odd journey and he woke up in Mr. Grim’s Odditorium.  The Odditorium holds many oddities, peculiarities and enchanted objects.  The people there accept Grubb as one of their own.  Grubb is soon whisked off on an adventure because he is the only one who can prevent the Odditorium’s magic from falling into bad hands.

Review: I thought that this book was great for the targeted age.  In a way it reminded me of Harry Potter – an orphan boy brought into a world filled with magic and perilous adventures.  The story of Grubb and his new family at the Odditorium will draw you in.  The only real problem I had with it was the length.  At 432 pages, it seemed a little long for the age group.

I would recommend this book to anyone with middle-grade aged children.

Four out of five stars.

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