Alistair Grim’s Odd Aquaticum
Illustrated by Adam Stower
Age range: 9–11; Book Band Y6/P7; Dark Blue B; Pearl
Grubb, the young apprentice at Alistair Grim’s Odditorium – a flying house of mechanical wonders – finds himself on the run, with the world convinced that Alistair Grim is a villain. Grim, however, has come up with a plan to defeat the real villain: evil Prince Nightshade. Desperate to clear Grim’s name and save the world, Grubb and the rest of the Odditorium’s crew set off on a perilous underwater adventure to the mythical realm of Avalon.
The object of their quest? The legendary sword Excalibur, the only blade powerful enough to pierce Prince Nightshade’s magical armour. Along the way, Grubb and his friends must confront a banshee, murderous sea monsters and a witch with a grudge against Alistair Grim, in a rollicking adventure that will keep every reader riveted from beginning to end.
A tremendous adventure story, full of brave deeds, magic and some truly extraordinary characters
The School Librarian
Funaro’s amusing style continues in this sequel … delightfully wild adventure
This book has all the elements of a fantasy novel … Highly recommended.
School Library Magazine