The Explorers: An Adventure for the Whole Family

Book Review, Middle Grade
The Explorers by Adrienne Kress. A middle grade adventure novel full of humor and page-turning action.

The Explorers by Adrienne Kress. A middle grade adventure novel full of humor and page-turning action.This blog post contains affiliate links. If you click a link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. It doesn’t cost you anything extra, but it helps keep the blog running.

The Explorers: The Door in the Alley by Adrienne Kress

Age Range: 8 – 12 years | Grade Level: 3 – 7 | Series: The Explorers (Book 1) | Hardcover: 320 pages | Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (April 25, 2017)

 

About the Book

Featuring a mysterious society, a secretive past, and a pig in a teeny hat, The Explorers: The Door in the Alley is the first book in a new series for fans of The Name of This Book Is a Secret and The Mysterious Benedict Society. Knock once if you can find it—but only members are allowed inside.

This is one of those stories that start with a pig in a teeny hat. It’s not the one you’re thinking about. (This story is way better than that one.)
This pig-in-a-teeny-hat story starts when a very uninquisitive boy stumbles upon a very mysterious society. After that, there is danger and adventure; there are missing persons, hired thugs, a hidden box, a lost map, and famous explorers; and there is a girl looking for help that only uninquisitive boys can offer.
The Explorers: The Door in the Alley is the first book in a series that is sure to hit young readers right in the funny bone.

The Explorers: The Door in the Alley by Adrienne Kress

“In this wildly funny adventure,…animals in teeny hats, Wonderland-style logic, and loads of wordplay and sarcasm will keep readers giggling all the way through.“-Kirkus Reviews

Exhilarating….Fans of a Series of Unfortunate Events will be drawn to this.“—Booklist

 

Find the Book

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My Thoughts on The Explorers

The Explorers: The Door in the Alley by Adrienne Kress. A middle grade adventure novel full of humor and heart for the whole family.Where do I even start with a book like this? It’s fantastic! I’m passing this one along to my nine-year-old because she’s going to love it.

First of all, the writing is to die for. It’s written in the third person—sort of. There’s a narrator who likes to insert her commentary and opinions into the story and chapter headings, which is hilarious. The “voice” has a matter-of-fact quality to it that make the ridiculous situations even more humorous. I laughed out loud several times while I was reading.

Second, the story itself is all-out FUN. It starts off with a boy named Sebastian who is logical, brilliant, and terrified of change. He stumbles across The Explorer’s Society and meets Evie, which is when his perfectly predictable life unravels. What follows is an adventure involving old-fashioned guns, mangled men, panic attacks, animals in teeny hats, and daring escapes.

I highly recommend The Explorers for kids in the 8-12 age group (and their parents). It also makes a great read-aloud book for the whole family to enjoy together. This book is a hilarious thrill ride and a pure delight to read. So if you have a road trip coming up, this is a good book to take along!

And, this is the first book in a series, so we can look forward to more laughs and adventure in the next book.

Content: Perilous situations.

Source: Thank you to Random House Children’s Books for sending me an ARC.

5 STARS

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Joyousreads (@Joyousreads)
    May 2, 2017 at 9:01 am

    A pig with a teeny hat?! could you find anything else more adorable? Lol.

    • Reply
      Dena at Batch of Books
      May 2, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      So fun, right? This was seriously one of the best middle-grade books I’ve read this year. It was a blast!

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