• The Order of Odd Fish

    Overall Rating: ★ Rating:82 Fullstar:4 Star Piece:0.1 Fraction:4.1★ Rating:82 Fullstar:4 Star Piece:0.1 Fraction:4.1★ Rating:82 Fullstar:4 Star Piece:0.1 Fraction:4.1★ Rating:82 Fullstar:4 Star Piece:0.1 Fraction:4.1☆ Rating:82 Fraction:4.182%
    The Order of Odd Fish
    James Kennedy
    Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2008
    Fantasy
    ISBN: B002N2XEBK
    416 pages

    Synopsis

    JO LAROUCHE HAS lived her 13 years in the California desert with her Aunt Lily, ever since she was dropped on Lily’s doorstep with this note: This is Jo. Please take care of her. But beware. This is a dangerous baby. At Lily’s annual Christmas costume party, a variety of strange events take place that lead Jo and Lily out of California forever—and into the mysterious, strange, fantastical world of Eldritch City.

    There, Jo learns the scandalous truth about who she is, and she and Lily join the Order of Odd-Fish, a collection of knights who research useless information. Glamorous cockroach butlers, pointless quests, obsolete weapons, and bizarre festivals fill their days, but two villains are controlling their fate. Jo is inching closer and closer to the day when her destiny is fulfilled, and no one in Eldritch City will ever be the same.

    Critique

    At first, I didn’t know what to expect from this book. It had gotten mixed reviews for various reasons, especially the ways Kennedy composes sentence structure. However, long, sometimes confusing sentences aside, I feel like the critics were wrong on this one. It’s a wonderfully imaginative book the likes of which we haven’t seen since The Phantom Tollbooth, and in many ways reminds me of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Kennedy not only creates a totally unique world and landscape, but does an excellent job of defining the rules of this world, and describing how everything looks so that you can imagine along with him. My biggest gripe, often, with alternate world fantasy is that the description isn’t enough to really imagine what’s happening.

    The characters are endearing, and original in their own right. The Odd Fish are exactly what you think they would be, terribly odd. Odd in everything, in fact, including their topic of study, the way they talk to each other and dress, the house they live in, and even the servants are all giant cockroaches who act like pretentious British butlers. I recommend this to all readers 10+.

    Rating Rubric

    Enjoyable Read: ★ Rating:100 Fullstar:5 Star Piece:0 Fraction:5★ Rating:100 Fullstar:5 Star Piece:0 Fraction:5★ Rating:100 Fullstar:5 Star Piece:0 Fraction:5★ Rating:100 Fullstar:5 Star Piece:0 Fraction:5★ Rating:100 Fullstar:5 Star Piece:0 Fraction:5100%
    Original Fantasy: ★ Rating:100 Fullstar:5 Star Piece:0 Fraction:5★ Rating:100 Fullstar:5 Star Piece:0 Fraction:5★ Rating:100 Fullstar:5 Star Piece:0 Fraction:5★ Rating:100 Fullstar:5 Star Piece:0 Fraction:5★ Rating:100 Fullstar:5 Star Piece:0 Fraction:5100%
    Original Plot: ★ Rating:100 Fullstar:5 Star Piece:0 Fraction:5★ Rating:100 Fullstar:5 Star Piece:0 Fraction:5★ Rating:100 Fullstar:5 Star Piece:0 Fraction:5★ Rating:100 Fullstar:5 Star Piece:0 Fraction:5★ Rating:100 Fullstar:5 Star Piece:0 Fraction:5100%
    Language: ★ Rating:80 Fullstar:4 Star Piece:0 Fraction:4★ Rating:80 Fullstar:4 Star Piece:0 Fraction:4★ Rating:80 Fullstar:4 Star Piece:0 Fraction:4★ Rating:80 Fullstar:4 Star Piece:0 Fraction:4☆ Rating:80 Fraction:480%
    Asthetics: ★ Rating:80 Fullstar:4 Star Piece:0 Fraction:4★ Rating:80 Fullstar:4 Star Piece:0 Fraction:4★ Rating:80 Fullstar:4 Star Piece:0 Fraction:4★ Rating:80 Fullstar:4 Star Piece:0 Fraction:4☆ Rating:80 Fraction:480%
    Depth In Characters: ★ Rating:80 Fullstar:4 Star Piece:0 Fraction:4★ Rating:80 Fullstar:4 Star Piece:0 Fraction:4★ Rating:80 Fullstar:4 Star Piece:0 Fraction:4★ Rating:80 Fullstar:4 Star Piece:0 Fraction:4☆ Rating:80 Fraction:480%
    Depth In Story: ★ Rating:80 Fullstar:4 Star Piece:0 Fraction:4★ Rating:80 Fullstar:4 Star Piece:0 Fraction:4★ Rating:80 Fullstar:4 Star Piece:0 Fraction:4★ Rating:80 Fullstar:4 Star Piece:0 Fraction:4☆ Rating:80 Fraction:480%
    Social Commentary: ★ Rating:70 Fullstar:3 Star Piece:0.5 Fraction:3.5★ Rating:70 Fullstar:3 Star Piece:0.5 Fraction:3.5★ Rating:70 Fullstar:3 Star Piece:0.5 Fraction:3.5½ Rating:70 Star Piece:0.5 Fraction:3.5☆ Rating:70 Fraction:3.570%
    Layers/Complexity: ★ Rating:70 Fullstar:3 Star Piece:0.5 Fraction:3.5★ Rating:70 Fullstar:3 Star Piece:0.5 Fraction:3.5★ Rating:70 Fullstar:3 Star Piece:0.5 Fraction:3.5½ Rating:70 Star Piece:0.5 Fraction:3.5☆ Rating:70 Fraction:3.570%
    Classroom Text: ★ Rating:60 Fullstar:3 Star Piece:0 Fraction:3★ Rating:60 Fullstar:3 Star Piece:0 Fraction:3★ Rating:60 Fullstar:3 Star Piece:0 Fraction:3☆ Rating:60 Fraction:3☆ Rating:60 Fraction:360%
    Overall Rating: ★ Rating:82 Fullstar:4 Star Piece:0.1 Fraction:4.1★ Rating:82 Fullstar:4 Star Piece:0.1 Fraction:4.1★ Rating:82 Fullstar:4 Star Piece:0.1 Fraction:4.1★ Rating:82 Fullstar:4 Star Piece:0.1 Fraction:4.1☆ Rating:82 Fraction:4.182%

    For the Classroom

    There’s not much to be used with this book as a classroom companion, unless you want to recommend something to your students that is totally off beat.

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    This entry was posted on Thursday, May 6th, 2010 at 9:10 am.

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