The Fantastic Family Whipple

// June 26th, 2013 // Book Reviews

Title: The Fantastic Family Whipple

Author: Matthew Ward


For every child who’s ever dreamed of being in the Guinness Book of World Records comes the story of eleven-year-old Arthur Whipple and his fantastic family of world record breakers . . .

– Most Crème Brulée Eaten in One Minute
– Highest Number of Matching Outfits Worn by a Stuffed Toy and Its Owner
– Youngest Person to Summit the Third-Highest Mountain in the World

These are just three of the 49,521 records won by Arthur’s twelve brothers and sisters. Unfortunately, unlike his siblings, Arthur hasn’t broken a single, solitary world record! But when the Whipples suffer a spate of catastrophes and a curious amount of attention from a pair of irregularly sized and unusually menacing clowns, Arthur might be the only one who can save his family from losing their collective crown . . . or worse.

My Book Review:

This year, my mom and I attended the Book Expo of America in Manhattan. At the expo, everybody loves books (well that’s a shocker). I had conversations about books everywhere; on the autograph lines, eating lunch, etc. While I was waiting for an autograph from Peter Lerangis, I engaged in a conversation with a librarian. We talked about what books we liked and I told her about my blog. She recommended this book to me, and was kind enough to hand me an Advanced Reader Copy, or ARC for short. This book will officially be released in August. Thank you nice librarian lady.

The Whipple family was a record breaking family. They broke 49,521 records. Everybody in the family was born on March 1, but, sadly, Arthur Whipple didn’t join the club. He was born on February 29. Not even one single record out of the 49,521 were broken by him. Then, the worst thing imaginable happens. Menacing, evil, cold blooded clowns (yes, clowns!) trashed the Whipple’s birthday party!

This book was a funny read. Some parts made me laugh out loud, like when Prince Bobo the Chimpanzee and Arthur competed in a rocket stick race, and when a piece of giant french toast fell on one of Arthur’s sisters, Beatrice Whipple.

This was a great book. It’s a funny and creative novel. I have never read a story about record breakers, but now I’m poring over the Guinness Book of World Records. The only thing I didn’t like about the book was that I felt Arthur’s surroundings were described with little detail. Beside that, it’s an amazing story.

My favorite character was Mr. Mahankali. He had a pet elephant who was the largest Indian elephant ever, and held the record for being the hairiest man of all time. He saved the Whipple family when their birthday party was trashed.

I rate this book 9 out of 10 stars because Arthur’s world wasn’t described in much detail. It was still an outstanding book. As I said earlier, thank nice librarian ladies.

2 Responses to “The Fantastic Family Whipple”

  1. Great review, Harrison! I picked up and ARC as well, and I have been trying to decide when I will read it. I’m glad you enjoyed the goofy stories. I think my sons will enjoy them, too.

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