Friday, November 27, 2020

Freeform Friday: The Last Last-Day-Of-Summer - Lamar Giles

Summary: Otto and Sheed are the local sleuths in their zany Virginia town, masters of unraveling mischief using their unmatched powers of deduction. And as the summer winds down and the first day of school looms, the boys are craving just a little bit more time for fun, even as they bicker over what kind of fun they want to have. That is, until a mysterious man appears with a camera that literally freezes time. Now, with the help of some very strange people and even stranger creatures, Otto and Sheed will have to put aside their differences to save their town—and each other—before time stops for good. (picture and summary from goodreads.com)

My Review: First off, what a fun and wacky adventure!  The county of Logan reminded me almost immediately of places like the Wayside School books, and the Nightvale podcast--a zany place where crazy things happen and it's just seen as normal.  And I love that.  Big monsters? Eh, that happened last week.  Time looping river?  Well, just make sure you don't fall in.

The characters in this book were a lot of fun, and the situations they are thrown into are hilarious.  I loved the idea of Clock Watchers, these interdimensional characters that control time and its different aspects (think Game Time, Bed Time, Crunch Time, and Witching Hour as actual people).  Mr. Flux is a pretty creepy villain, and it was fun to learn his backstory, along with the mysterious TimeStar.

Otto and Sheen's relationship was great too, the dynamic the two cousins had as they raced through town to try and fix the time-stopping mistake they made.  You can tell they love each other, but also can easily get annoyed by how the other chooses to handle things.  I love the way they would shout maneuvers at each other (codes for how they will handle a certain situation), and their recollections of past adventures, as well as their rivalry with the other adventurers in town.

Overall, this was a goofy, clever adventure, with a lot of heart and silliness.  Also, the art interspersed throughout was cute and added to the fun feel of the story.

(Just a note, I couldn't quite tell if I'd actually picked up a sequel of a series, as the way it was written almost made it sound like it was filling us in on previous books, so I had to pause a few pages in to do a search and make sure.  But as far as I've been able to pinpoint, this is indeed the first book, and it's just establishing that these boys have a lot of crazy adventures and that's just how it is.)

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

For the sensitive reader: nothing really, it's just filled with zany misadventures and boys getting into mischief to sort it.

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