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Whales on Stilts!

by M. T. Anderson

Other authors: Kurt Cyrus (Illustrator)

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Series: Pals in Peril (1)

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Racing against the clock, shy middle-school student Lily and her best friends, Katie and Jasper, must foil the plot of her father's conniving boss to conquer the world using an army of whales.

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I laughed quite a bit, but this is definitely the sort of humor that doesn't appeal to everyone. Whales on Stilts! is a goofy and wonderful parody of all the science fiction and adventure radio and TV shows that were popular in the 40s and 50s. It even features a hilarious parody of the Ovaltine commercials from that era. I, personally, loved this, but the humor may be much too absurd for some.

Lovers of M.T. Anderson's [book:Feed|169756] may be sorely disappointed. I adore that book, but do not go into this one expecting something on that level. This is a totally different beast. It's pure adventure and humor and loads of fun. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Aug 24, 2018 |
This is a funny and amusing story about a shy girl named Lily who goes to work with her father and suspects that they are a secret evil organization that wants to take over the world. With the help of her friends, who are anything but average, she helps save the world from the destruction of whales on stilts who are being controlled by her father's half whale/half human boss. She finds that after saving the word from whales, she is pretty cool and adventurous herself. This is a science fiction novel that has a sketch and ink type illustrations and would be best used for grades 5-8. ( )
  hdalesky15 | Apr 8, 2017 |
2010, January 23

Oh, I'm loving this. I'm trying to force the Offspring into loving it, too, by reading passages aloud, but no one else is hooked. Funniest concept since Howie Monroe and the Doghouse of Doom.


If the Spouse wrote a parody of children's series books, it would be this book. I recommend it to adults who'll laugh at jokes about the British invasion and David Bowie's eyes.


Now I'm reading it aloud to the KitKatPandaBatWolf. I love this little book.

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  Kaethe | Oct 16, 2016 |
Excellent book!! ( )
  David.TenBroeck | May 8, 2016 |
A screwball comic novel about Lily Gefelty who accompanies her father to his job on Career Day and suspects that his boss is implementing a sinister plot: a takeover of the world by whales. Boss Larry is a half-human, half-whale who conceals his appearance at the office with a grain sack. Everyone else at the company appears to see nothing amiss about Larry or the fact that they manufacture stilts for whales. It's up to Lily and her superhero friends Jasper Dash and Katie Mulligan to foil Larry's dastardly plan.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
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M. T. Andersonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Cyrus, KurtIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bowman, EricCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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