The Splendid Baron Submarine by Eric Bower
Review by Lauren
source: copy from The Children’s Book Review and Amberjack Publishing (this is also a sponsored post); all opinions are my own
Official Summary (add on Goodreads): Waldo “W.B.” Baron is back with another amazing adventure in another incredible invention! Pirate treasure? A clandestine meeting? A terribly rude monkey with personal boundary and hygiene issues? Two of those things sound like a dream come true to W.B, whose clever inventor parents are hired―by the Vice President!―to go on a super secret and intensely important treasure hunt to repay a national debt. If only it weren’t for that lousy, rude monkey, it would be the beginning of a perfect adventure. But at least it isn’t squirrels…
The treasure hunt gives the Baron family the opportunity to use their exceptional steam-powered submarine, freshly biggened and ready for adventure! But things are seldom straightforward for the eccentric Baron family, and this treasure hunt is no exception. W.B.’s trademark bad luck has him suffering monstrous marine misfortune and marauding monkey misery.
Can the Baron family embark on their newest adventure without the eggy and depressing Aunt Dorcas? Will the Barons find the treasure they seek? Will they save the country from financial ruin? Where does the monkey fit in, anyway? Do we like asking questions? Not really, but inside you’ll meet someone who likes asking questions and then answering them (despite his claims to the contrary, he really does like it).
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Review: The Splendid Baron Submarine is the second book in the series, but having never read the first, I can tell you that you can easily jump into the story here! This is a story about W.B., but it’s also very much about his parents and their assistant. I liked that it was a big family affair! This is definitely an incredibly imaginative book full of crazy inventions like something that turns gravity upside down or makes a tiny submarine into one large enough to actually explore in. When the Baron family is “hired” by the Vice President of the United States, they take this submarine on an exciting adventure. Unfortunately, a monkey ends up traveling with them too…and he definitely seems out for W.B.!
The Splendid Baron Submarine is definitely not realistic, but it’s a fun middle grade read (or something you could even have fun reading aloud)! It’s unrealistic nature makes it exciting though! W.B. is chased by a shark and an eel (hence the book cover), terrorized by a monkey, and throughout all of this, he has to deal with the crazy inventions that his dad comes up with. And let me tell you, W.B.’s dad might be a genius, but he’s a kooky one who definitely needs his wife to keep him from wandering into trouble!
All in all, this was a fun, humorous read! I’m glad to have had the chance to check it out…and if you want to read it too, look at the giveaway below!
Enter to win a The Splendid Baron Submarine themed prize pack!
One (1) winner receives:
A copy of The Splendid Baron Submarine, by Eric Bower
A The Splendid Baron Submarine themed gift pack. Includes some pirate-themed goodies, Go Fish, and ghostly treats as well.
Giveaway begins November 15, 2017, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends December 15, 2017, at 11:59 P.M. MT.
Giveaway open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older.
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