In a decrepit hotel, a small unusual looking boy named Warren the 13th takes care of the rooms and cleans up after the destructive behavior of his new aunt, unaware of the chaos that is about to descend on his hotel…and the wonders he will discover.
What if you took a bit of Howl’s Moving Castle, the Series of Unfortunate Events, and Roald Dahl’s the Witches and swirled it all together in a mixed media format for elementary to junior high? Enter Warren the 13th, a unusual new book that makes use of typography and graphics to create a text that is engaging for young readers. This is nothing to say of the story however – fans of both the classic odd children stories and newer strange tales will delight in the cast of distinctly unique characters, ranging from a trio of witches, to witch-hunting “perfumiers”, to ghost girls, not-so-piratey pirates, tentacled monsters and burly chefs. Warren lives in a hotel that has seen better days, and while his uncle lazes around, his aunt spends her days searching for the “All-Seeing Eye” – a mystical jewel that…well everyone has a different idea on what it does. One day a stranger wrapped in bandages shows up, and from then the hunt is on. What is the All-Seeing Eye, and why did Warren’s ancestors hide it? Sure to please those from Grade 3 to Grade 8, Warren the 13th is a great addition to a library.