22. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fiction

The Tell-Tale Start (The Misadventures of Edgar & Allan Poe #1) by Gordon McAlpine, Sam Zuppardi (Illustrations), 179 pages, read by Angie, on 01/21/2014

Edgar and Allan Poe are identical twins. They are so identical that no one can tell them apart, not even Edgar and Allan. Same boy, different identity; same identity, different boy. Edgar Allan Poe was their great, great, great, great uncle and they share many of his interests. They love spooky tales of horror and are generally smarter than everyone else. Turns out their identicalness has made them a target of a mad scientist who wants to study them. They are lured to Kansas by Professor Marvel and must figure out what is going on before it is too late. They have a little help from their great, great uncle in the great beyond. Things don’t turn out quite how you expect.

This is a fun tale. I really liked the inclusion of Edgar Allan Poe and his attempts to help the twins. Edgar and Allan are genius and inventive, which makes for excellent storytelling. I think kids will enjoy the mystery and the humor.

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