Release Date: May 16, 2017
Waldo Baron awakes one morning to find his inventor parents have turned their house into a flying machine, and they intend to enter into a race across the country in the hopes of winning the $500 prize. His parents’ plans go astray when they are kidnapped by Rose Blackwood, the sister of notorious villain Benedict Blackwood, who intends to use the prize money to free her brother from prison. But Rose is not what she seems to be, and Waldo finds himself becoming friends with their kindly kidnapper as they race across the country in the magnificent flying Baron estate!
*I would like to thank the publisher, Amberjack Publishing, and NetGalley for making the copy available for an honest review.
Waldo Baron or WB’s parents are crazy good but weird inventors. And one time they decided to make their estate a flying house so they can join a race contest for inventors with an unusual flying vehicle. And it looks like they have a great chance of winning. Their flying estate is surely one of a kind. Everyone was in awed. But his parents’ plan falls apart when they were kidnapped by Rose Blackwood. She is from a family of criminals and her brother is Benedict Blackwood. The most notorious criminal in the country. He is now in jail and Rose was planning to help him escape. By the help of the Barons nonetheless. Only, his parents seem to be enjoying the kidnapping and now it’s up to WB to rescue his own family. But how can a clumsy boy like WB be able to do it, when Rose may be their kidnapper, but she is also nice and seem to truly care about them?
A race around the country with a flying house, a friendly kidnapper and crazy characters, what is not to like? The Magnificent Flying Baron Estate is a quirky middle-grade book. There are middle-grade books that adults and children enjoy but I think this one will appeal more on the younger kids. It all started so weird that I feel doubtful if it’s something I would enjoy. Good thing it picks up after the crazy start, though all throughout, the bizarre stuff is always present. The characters are equally quirky as the plot. It was set in the 1800’s but it seems more like modern day. It actually turned out okay than what I expected. Nevertheless, it is a quite entertaining story for children. It is humorous and fast-paced with bits of illustrations that kids will surely enjoy.
(*Photos and synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)
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