Monday, September 2, 2013

Dr. Fuddle and the Gold Baton by Warren Woodruff - OPTIONAL

Woodruff, Warren L. Dr. Fuddle and the Gold Baton, 214 pgs. Story Merchant Books, 2012.

Language - PG (2 swears, 0 "f"), Sexual Content - G; Violence - PG-13; 

Before she died, Tyler's mom told him that he would do something very important, and promised that she would send a sign when the time came for him to do it. That sign has finally come after two years, and Tyler is ready to see what this adventure will hold. What Tyler wasn't ready for, though, was for him and his friends to accomplish this important thing in a different realm. 

The idea of music affecting living and nonliving things in a physical way as to have a musical battle is a unique and fascinating one. I love the idea of it and it makes for a great story. However, Dr. Woodruff gets too technical with the music details and it gets confusing. Dr. Woodruff seemed to be too focused on the musical aspect, not realizing that those technicalities take away from the story when the readers do not understand them. I found these parts frustrating and ended up skipping several pages of the musical explanations. 

MS - OPTIONAL. Reviewer: CCH

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