Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye by Tania del Rio and Will Staehle
Happy Friday the 13th!
I don’t usually really or review children’s books, but after getting a gander at the artwork for this book (I’m a huge Edward Gorey fan), I just couldn’t resist. And I wasn’t disappointed. The book is recommended for readers age 8-12, but us older folks can find a lot to like in the story as well.
Warren the 13th is a young, vaguely ghoulish-looking boy who helps to run the family hotel (The Warren), does all the odd jobs his ne’er-do-well uncle is too lazy to do, and tried to avoid his evil aunt, Annaconda. Since the tragic death of Warren’s father (Warren the 12th, obviously), the hotel has fallen into disrepair as Warren’s uncle ignores the place and his aunt tears the building apart looking for a legendary magical artifact, the All-Seeing Eye, which is said to be hidden inside the hotel.
When a mysterious new guest appears, the race to find the Eye is on. Warren will have to venture deep into the bowels of the unusual hotel and solve ancient mysteries in order to claim his rightful inheritance.
As I said above, I really enjoyed this book. The illustrations are wonderful and put the reader in an Edward Gorey/Tim Burton-esue mood. The story is simply told (it is for younger readers, after all), but not childish. Fans of more offbeat stories, like Artemis Fowl or A Series of Unfortunate Events will like this book.
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Warren the 13th and the All-seeing Eye is currently available for purchase.
Hey there! How about some Friday the 13th perks?
The authors have made up a short story and activity book for Warren the 13th on this most unlucky of days. You can check out this online only goodie here.
Happy reading (and grab your lucky rabbit’s foot)!