Yours in the Spirit of Science and Adventure,
For Thaddeaus Shockpocket
Hold onto your pith helmets. The next popular young adult book series could be "The Journals of Thaddeaus Shockpocket," written by Henry L. Walton
Unsie Zuege, The Chanhassen Villager
Amazon - All Five Star Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A most delightful adventure, February 6, 2014
Warning to all children: do not let your parents read this book first. You won't get it back. They will loan it to your aunts and uncles and co-workers.
Mr. Shockpocket's good friend Henry Walton has done a simply splendid job of conveying the ups and downs and highs and lows and all the excitement in between as Father Thaddeaus and daughter Tweek bide their time awaiting the return home of Mrs. Shockpocket and son Sherlock from their own world mis-adventures.
Little Tweek and her father go from one exciting adventure to another successful invention in every chapter. You will not lose interest and neither will your parents (if you let them read it). The chapters are short enough to read on the morning school bus. But only if you have finished your homework.
So open a new tin of biscuits (Tweeks favorite), brew yourself a cup of Ceylon tea and settle down for one rollicking adventure after another from the Journals of Thaddeaus Shockpocket. Enjoy. I did, and I'm not even a kid. Its tickety-boo.
Side bar: This book should be in every elementary and middle school library as well as in all public libraries. It is that good. I look forward to book two.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for imaginative kids, January 24, 2014
I read this book with my 10 year old boy and 8 year old daughter. It was a really good read. My boy said he really liked that it “inspired his imagination.”
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful romp through a wild imagination!, January 22, 2014
The Journals of Thaddeaus Shockpocket is a delightful adventure for almost any age. Professor Shockpocket is one part Inspector Gadget, one part absent-minded professor, and 100% warm-hearted, cheerful, good fun. If it weren't for these invaluable journals, how else would we know that the Loch Ness creature ("Nessie") cannot resist sardine and peanut butter sandwiches? Or that chimpanzees have a wonderful although sometimes puzzling sense of humour, but don't upset them lest you end up wearing poo?! This was a wonderful read: whimsical, happy, adventurous, and fun. I recommend it for ages 6 to 16, and for all adults who love to get lost in a great story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Billiant Book!!, January 14, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed The Journals of Thaddeaus Shockpocket and cannot wait for the next book to come out! The "inventions" and "gadgets" depicted in the book are simply brilliant. I enjoyed the characters, the humor, and the hilarious situations in which the Shockpocket family finds themselves. I feel people of all ages will enjoy this book; I purchased one for myself, my 6 year old granddaughter, and my 27 year old son. It is a great read when you are short on time, or just want some fun, light reading . It is also a good bedtime book for children, as you can read a chapter each night and they will have something to look forward to the next evening.
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable!!, January 14, 2014
I found this book both enjoyable and entertaining. I definitely wanted to keep reading to find out how all the "mishaps" would be resolved. This book will appeal to young adult readers as well as adults. I think my middle-schoolers would be hooked!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Had so much fun reading this treasure, January 13, 2014
I just finished this book and enjoyed every moment of it. I purchased a book for each of my grandchildren (even the one that isn't born yet). I can't wait for the next book so I can find out about the drying paint. I recommend this book for children and adults. What fun!!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read!, January 13, 2014
Thaddeaus travels are fun and exciting! I look forward to the next "chapter" in the Shockpocket adventures! This book makes you feel that ANYTHING is possible if you are creative and put your mind to it!
5.0 out of 5 stars Matter of Fact Complete Hilarity!, January 11, 2014
Okay! This book is the most fun I have had in months! The author uses matter of fact hilarity to tell his story. Eight year-olds would love the stories, though they would not be independent readers with it. Fourteen year-olds would love the scientific inventions (I would love to hear if they pick-up on the invention of the internet!) Anyone over sixteen or eighteen will love the word play. As a teacher, I would read it/teach with it from second grade onward. It is fantastic from cover to cover! There are so many ridiculous and incredible stories--so many are so subtle. I cannot wait for future journals to be published. I am curious to see if Thaddeaus follows up with his experiments watching paint dry....is there more story line with that????? Yours in Friendship and Distance....
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for children young and young at heart, January 5, 2014
I gifted this book to a friend as something she could read to her grandchildren. She absolutely loved it! After reading the book she bought individual copies for all of her grandchildren so they could have a copy at home for their parents to read to them in addition to the one at grandma’s house. She loved the illustrations at the beginning of each chapter and the Shockpocket family adventures.
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, clever and whimsical, December 3, 2013
Entertaining, full of puns, word play and an off-beat sense of humor. A great read, and am looking forward to more Shockpocket family (mis)adventures!
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and Imaginative!, December 3, 2013
Fascinating and Imaginative! I really enjoyed how the author kept me and my childrens' imaginations flowing throughout the whole book. I also enjoyed how the book was laid out in short stories. It made it easier to read to my children (whom are 1 and 2 1/2). I loved the whole style of the book so much that I purchased another one as a birthday present for my brother. I can't wait to read more of the Shockpockets' adventures.