Saturday, November 2, 2013
I must begin my
review of this book a little differently BECAUSE of how it affected me. I have spent much of the last year in a level of pain the doctor who will be operating on me come Monday, tells me should have me down on my knees whimpering at the top of my lungs. I have a high tolerance for pain, but even so, this has not been an easy year...however...
JULIUS CAESAR BROWN AND THE GREEN GAS MYSTERY allowed me to LAUGH!
What a gift you have given me, Ladybug Lin, Ace Hansen by creating this rollicking, super funny story that SAYS for the middle grades, but thankfully found its way to me.
Humor really IS the best medicine when one is wracked with pain. Okay, I'm not cured...hopefully that will take place on Monday, but I can't begin to express the level of blessing laughing over the antics of Caesar, (AKA Salad Boy,) his town, and eventually the entire world has when a pandemic of green toots takes over.
What is causing a world-wide breakout of green...gas? Is it dangerous? NO...doesn't seem to be...Embarrassing? Without question. Imagine being the principal, sitting all stern faced and ready to reduce the quivering student before you with your narrow eyed punishment when the area behind you wafts green and that silent but deadly can't be blamed on someone else?
Imagine being a president of any country, standing at your huge bank of microphones when your silent but deadly greenness has everyone smirking while quickly scrambling to pinch their noses before your green gets too close.
A world-wide stench epidemic...How Julius Caesar Brown solves his own accidents so no one will see, and later how he fights along side the zombie woman down the street who eats little boys brains pulls you in. Poor Caesar, all HE wants is to solve the problem so the girl sitting in the desk in front of him will want to spend time with him studying together in the library.
One calamity after another kept my sides splitting, my lips parted because of non-stop giggles, and my mind too busy sailing along on the humorous tide of Caesar's valiant attempts to out live "The Gas".
I loved, loved, and always WILL love this book. Thank you Ms. Hansen from the bottom of my heart for writing such a fantastically funny book.
JULIUS CAESAR BROWN AND THE GREEN GAS MYSTERY
FIVE STARS for both book and author.
This is one Ladybug who cannot TOOT the laughter horn loudly enough for Ms. Hansen's delightful book JULIUS CAESAR BROWN AND THE GREEN GAS MYSTERY.
And for this happy, humorous cover, I, Ladybug Lin am awarding Muse It Up Publishing's Cover Artist, Charlotte Volnek...
Is it the Final Realm? If it isn't, what happens when you die and aren't really dead?
Why go there?
Some theosophical whiz kids call the place in-between, Purgatory. Is this the same place?
Kat Gallagher is thirteen. Life has already been unfair to her when it's cut rather dramatically short in 2007. (Since her actual expiration date is December 31, 2093, boy did she get cut off from the Land of the Living too soon!)
What does it mean? And why does her death certificate here within THE REALM OF THE LOST have no cause for death listed? IS she dead? It FEELS dead...but everyone else she encounters HAS the cause of THEIR deaths inscribed on the Cause of Death line on their death certificates.
THE REALM OF THE LOST, for Kat, is a journey through treachery, danger, confusion, sadness and more.
So if the missing cause on her death certificate is an oversight and she's really dead why is everyone trying to undermine her quest...also those she'll meet and have an impact on, if she's not dead, how will their future change if she gets to leave?
This is a short story that packs a lot of punch.
THE REALM OF THE LOST
Anything less would mock the intensity of the story
Ms. Eden Ramos is telling here.
And for a fantastic cover for this book, I, Ladybug Lin award MuseItUp Publishing Cover Artist Kaytalin Platt My Special Award for cover excellence.
Congratulations Emma AND Kaytalin.