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Sep 13 2011

The book that ate my brother by Michael Dahl

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Ill. by Bradford Kendall. Return to the library of doom series. Stone Arch Books, 2011. ISBN 978 1 406 22511 2.
As the story begins Jack is frantically writing to an online librarian on a website titled The Library of Doom in the hope that they can help rescue his brother Tyler who has been eaten by a book that is still lurking in the house somewhere. Tyler had purchased the book because of its interesting title Chews your own adventure and when he had had trouble opening it and then thinking he heard growling coming from it he had thrown it into his wardrobe - out of sight, out of mind. In the middle of the night strange sounds were coming from the wardrobe and Tyler decided to investigate. That's when the book ate him. As Jack goes to investigate a new noise he is confronted by the drooling teeth of the book and soon finds himself its next victim.In a nearby town at a book sale Iris purchases the book Harry Potter, Volume Ate and is excited to get it home to read. Unfortunately that's when the trouble starts.
The coloured illustrations and diverse font of the text add to the suspense of the story.
This book is part of a series Return to the Library of Doom.
Tracy Glover

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