Meet Warren the 13th, a cursed 12-year-old Victorian bellhop who’s terribly unlucky . . . yet perpetually optimistic, hard-working, and curious. Orphan Warren’s pride and joy is his family’s hotel, but he’s been miserable ever since his evil Aunt Anaconda took over the management. Anaconda believes a mysterious treasure known as the All-Seeing Eye is hidden somewhere on the grounds, and she’ll do anything to find it. If Warren wants to preserve his family’s legacy, he’ll need to find the treasure first—if the hotel’s many strange and wacky guests don’t beat him to it! This middle-grade adventure features gorgeous two-color illustrations on every page and a lavish two-column Victorian design that will pull young readers into a spooky and delightful mystery.
This beautiful hardback book has been on my TBR shelf for a little while now, so when I ended up with a day off on Halloween, I knew it was the perfect time to start on this terrific series. I must say that the illustrations in this book are absolutely stunning, and the layout and design is just terrific. It makes for pure enjoyment reading Warren the 13th, and I am hooked on his story. ~
The book is the perfect children’s/Middle Grade story. There’s plenty of adventure as Warren looks after his hotel, and the story is chalk full of magic and mystery. There’s witches, strange creatures and fascinating contraptions. The story moves along at a good pace, and it’s exciting to see Warren complete all the tasks in order to save his home. I loved the setting of this strange Victorian hotel, it was beautifully described and illustrated, and it certainly put me in a spooky Halloween mood!
I also adored the characters. Aunt Anaconda is a perfectly evil villain that both adults and children will love. I particularly liked Warren’s tutor, the old Mr Friggs who hides himself in the library. Our main protagonist Warren is a magnificent main character, a young man trying to look after his family legacy, and protect those he cares about. If you’re looking for a fun and charming read this autumn, I guarantee you’ll love Warren the 13th from start to finish. The book comes to a satisfying ending, but this is only the beginning on Warren’s tale. I for one can’t wait to find out what’s next in store for Warren and his friends in Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods!