Monday, October 29, 2012

Book Review: Evertaster

I am participating in the blog tour of Evertaster by Adam Glendon Sidwell and I am here to warn you that this book will make your mouth water as your heart races along with Guster while he tries to outwit the evil chefs who are after him.  The descriptions of chocolate alone made me crave it!  But I digress . . .

Guster has a delicate palate and is unable to eat most food because of it.  He can tell even where the smallest of ingredients in a dish came from and most of the time it makes the food inedible for him.  His mother takes him to New Orleans to try to find something that he can actually eat and while there, he finds an old, dusty patisserie that is closed to the public.  They go in the back way, however, and talk to an old coughing man who tells them about the One Recipe that people have killed for.  Guster is given a curious-looking eggbeater, but before he can ask anymore questions an evil chef tries to kill them and they must flee.  This is the start of a wonderful and thrilling adventure for Guster and his family as they try to stay one step ahead of the people who want what he has.

My ten-year-old son and I read this book together and we loved it.  It had the right amount of adventure and  fun without being over the top.  It was dead on in what a child would find funny and there were several laugh out loud moments for both of us.  I thought the characters were well-written and the plot moved along quite quickly, leaving us both wanting more at the end of every chapter.  This book was very enjoyable and one I would highly recommend for kids or as a family read-aloud book.

Here is the back copy and what others are saying about it:

"Wonderfully talented writing; funny."
--Orson Scott Card, NYT Bestselling author of Ender's Game

"Sidwell is a talented comedian, and that is certainly reflected in his writing. The characters are quirky and likable." --Deseret News

When eleven-year-old Guster Johnsonville rejects his mother's casserole for the umpteenth time, she takes him into the city of New Orleans to find him something to eat. There, in a dark, abandoned corner of the city they meet a dying pastry maker. In his last breath he entrusts them with a secret: an ancient recipe that makes the most delicious taste the world will ever know — a taste that will change the fate of humanity forever.

Forced to flee by a cult of murderous chefs, the Johnsonvilles embark on a perilous journey to ancient ruins, faraway jungles and forgotten caves. Along the way they discover the truth: Guster is an Evertaster — a kid so picky that nothing but the legendary taste itself will save him from starvation. With the sinister chefs hot on Guster’s heels and the chefs’ reign of terror spreading, Guster and his family must find the legendary taste before it’s too late. 

 "One of the most original, well-crafted and imaginative MG stories I've come across in a long time." - WordSpelunking Book Review

About the Author: 

In between books, Adam Glendon Sidwell uses the power of computers to
make monsters, robots and zombies come to life for blockbuster movies such as Pirates of the
Caribbean, King Kong, Transformers and Tron. After spending countless hours in front of a
keyboard meticulously adjusting tentacles, calibrating hydraulics, and brushing monkey fur, he is
delighted at the prospect of modifying his creations with the flick of a few deftly placed
adjectives. He’s been eating food since age 7, so feels very qualified to write this book. He once
showed a famous movie star where the bathroom was. Adam currently lives in Los Angeles,
where he can’t wait to fall into the sea.

 You can learn more about Adam and his writing adventures here:





 Blog Tour Schedule for Evertaster by Adam Glendon Sidwell, 2012

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Rachelle said...

My kids loved this book too and the icing on the cake was when Adam and his brother came to our elementary school for a presentation!

Debra Allen Erfert said...

This book sounds adorable. I love reading where other artists write!

Adam Sidwell said...

Thanks for the lovely words Julie! I'm glad you and your kids enjoyed Evertater!

Der SID said...

I think that's so cool you read a book with your 10 yr old. I bet he'd love Adams school assembly