Today I Read Alex and the Ironic Gentleman by Adrienne Kress.
Alex Morningside has a few problems. Her uncle has been killed and her teacher Mr. Underwood has been kidnapped by Pirate Captain Steele of the Ironic Gentleman, because Steele thinks he has a treasure map (only Alex found it!) The mean Daughters of the Founding Fathers’ Preservation Society are chasing her. The drunken Extremely Ginormous Octopus is having an artistic temper tantrum over his acting career. And Alex has lost her toothbrush (good dental hygiene is important).
Now Alex has to rescue Mr. Underwood, defeat the pirates, find the treasure, take care of Giggles the cat and Mr. Underwood’s bicycle…it’s a lot to handle for a ten-year-old. Fortunately, Alex is the girl for the job.
In a book filled with quirky characters, I have to say that the Extremely Ginormous Octopus is my favourite. The aging tentacled diva is a relic of the classic monster movie days, and he is insulted–INSULTED, sir!–that the director just wants to capture his motions for the monster in the movie. Isn’t he an Actor? Wasn’t he classically trained? Wasn’t he in twenty-one films? And now, to be reduced to a special effect! The shame! Thank goodness for whiskey.
Also, pirates. Pirates are always cool. And the Daughters of the Founding Fathers’ Preservation Society are genuinely terrifying.