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In which we meet Alex Morningside... 22 juillet 2007
Par Amanda Richards - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This book is sure to be a hit with fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Artemis Fowl and Children Of The Lamp. Imaginative and funny, action packed and exciting, this is a book that any child (and some adults) would want to read again and again.

Alex is an orphan, her parents having been involved in a tragic spelunking incident in Iceland. She lives with her Uncle, who owns a doorknob store on the side of a bridge, and she attends a fancy-schmancy school called The Wigpowder-Steele Academy.

It seems that the original Wigpowder was a very wealthy pirate, who entrusted the distribution of his spoils to a rich philanthropist named Steele by way of a treasure map. Over time, bitter family feuds and fencing duels, the location of the map was forgotten and new generations of Wigpowders and Steeles are still quite busy hunting for it. Sure enough, some very unpleasant gentlemen soon arrive in town, and before long the trouble begins.

The next chapters follow Alex on dangerous missions, including encounters with the dastardly Daughters of the Founding Fathers' Preservation Society, a train ride to nowhere in particular, and a hotel very much like the Hotel California (you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.) She also encounters fascinating characters like The Extremely Ginormous Octopus, Lord Poppinjay, the MakeCold 6000 and Coriander the Conjuror, and ingeniously named places like Port Cullis and The Gangrene Inn.

Her goal is to find the notorious Pirate Captain Steele and the ship Ironic Gentleman, and then hopefully successfully execute a rescue mission. Along the way she enlists the services of the noble and upright Captain Magnanimous and his ship HMS Valiant, and takes part in a nautical battle. As if all that weren't enough, there's a tricky riddle still to be solved, and treasure to be found.

Immensely entertaining and wonderfully creative, this one is highly recommended for readers of all ages.

Amanda Richards
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Delightful! 21 septembre 2007
Par Alice Loweecey - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Reading Adrienne Kress' Alex and the Ironic Gentleman is like plunging back into childhood. Like the first time I read
The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Puffin Novels).

This is not hyperbole. Kress' narrative voice pulled me in and made me feel like I was riding next to Alex on her bike through the forest, dancing the Charleston on a mysterious train, and always, always searching for her missing teacher, Mr. Underwood. (That's Alex as in Alexandra, in case anyone is puzzled.) Kress' villains are creepy and just a little bit buffoonish, perfect for a Middle Grade book. Her pirates (Of course there are pirates. And sword fighting. And buried treasure.) are definitely not the good guys. The true heroes in this book are the unexpected ones.

On her quest to rescue Mr. Underwood, Alex's adventures run the gamut of "eww, gross!" to despair to excitement to joy. How gross? Locked in an old mansion and forced to give foot rubs to sinister old ladies who all have damp, smelly, squishy feet. How joyous? Sorry. I won't spoil the swashbuckling climax.

Alex is a modern girl in a modern world. One of the pirates uses a laptop to chronicle their history. The police station has a standard two-way mirror. And Alex attempts to convince one character that being a movie star is a good career move. Kress weaves sparkling fantasy seamlessly into this contemporary setting: the reluctant actor just happens to be the Extremely Ginormous Octopus. And every time Giggles the cat gave Alex a dirty look, I expected him to start talking..

Not much makes me feel like a kid again. Alex and the Ironic Gentleman did it by page five. Like one of those old movie trailers, I laughed, I cried, I wanted more.
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Disjointed and random 13 mars 2010
Par Cynthia Cooper - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Generally I don't find it to be a good sign when you could take fully half of a book, shuffle the chapters around in random order, and end up with it making as much sense as the original. There's no real plot progression to speak of -- just a beginning, an ending, and a lot of padding in the middle.

I actually see a lot of elements of other children's books here. We have irritating villains making repeated appearances as though as a punchline, as in A Series of Unfortunate Events, but the Daughters aren't nearly as interesting as Count Olaf (or, in fact, interesting at all). We have some moments of Terry Pratchett-ish deconstruction, but they fall flat when so much else in the book is played with dire seriousness. And we have a by-the-numbers heroine who, after a very promising introduction, becomes interchangeable except for her (unimportant) gender with the hero of any boys' adventure novel.

I'm not sure what all the raves are about. This is really just a mediocre entry in an overpopulated genre.
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Now for something completely different... 16 octobre 2007
Par K. Roman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Many books for children have the same cast of characters and little twists to the story. ALEX AND THE IRONIC GENTLEMAN is really original. At times I found myself wondering where is this train headed. Alex is a strong female lead, but readers can easily forget whether Alex is a girl or a boy. This novel is worth reading just for the imaginative supporting characters. Action, mystery, strangers, pirates, what's not to love. Karen Woodworth-Roman, [...]
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FABULOUS Book! 5 novembre 2007
Par Amelia Dyckman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
LOVED this one! Perfectly balanced, incredibly witty, packed full of terrific characters (adored that cat!)--just BRILLIANT! And from a first-time novelist?! We are in for great things from Ms. Kress! Thank you!
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