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Alex and the Ironic Gentleman

byAdrienne Kress

Paperback | October 1, 2008

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Here is the tale of Alex and her quest to find the Infamous Wigpowder treasure and her kidnapped year-six teacher, Mr. Underwood. Along the way she encounters the likes of the Shakespeare-quoting Octopus, the talking walk-in fridge and a 1930's playboy who steals souls. She also rides a doomed Art Deco party train and goes to sea with Captain Magnanimous and the HMS Valiant. All this while being hotly pursued by the Daughters of the Founding Fathers Preservation Society, and Pirate Captain Steele the Inevitable, captain of the most deadly pirate ship this side of the equator ? The Ironic Gentleman!
Adrienne Kress, a writer and actor, was born and raised in Toronto. She earned her degree in drama from the University of Toronto and moved to England to study futher at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Her play, A Weekend in the Country, was produced at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. On a visit to the quaint city of Bath...
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Title:Alex and the Ironic GentlemanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 6.96 × 4.99 × 0.97 inPublished:October 1, 2008Publisher:Scholastic Canada LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0545990637

ISBN - 13:9780545990639

Appropriate for ages: 9

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from My 9 year old daughter loved when she first read it Witty and imaginative 1 minute ago Alex and the Ironic Gentleman is witty, imaginative and very untraditional. It starts with Alex, who most people think is a boy, getting the new teacher Mr. Underwood, and turns into a story full of suspense, wicked Founding Daughters, a crazy hotel manager, a train, some pirates, and a lot of fun. Adrienne Kress is a female Lemony Snicket, and I recomened this book to anyone who's looking for a great read.
Date published: 2010-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super Fun This book is on the grade 4 red cedar club list. I read it first and now hardly wait for my 8 yr old to read it too. It is a great book of silly adventures and imaginative scenes with the odd interesting fact thrown in. I highly recomend this book for any age if you are looking for something fun. There is some violence and killing going on here but if your kids watch TV and movies they should be just fine.
Date published: 2009-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kids Love This Book! Alex and the Ironic Gentleman is an outstanding story that will capture the imaginations of children and adults alike. I read this book aloud to my class of 10-12 year olds and at the end of each session was begged to keep going. Ms. Kress sends Alex, the heroine, on exciting, frightening, surprising and often hilarious adventures. The language is rich and descriptive and the dialogue is witty and intelligent. The reader is quickly carried away with Alex as she embarks upon a most extraordinary treasure hunt encountering delinquent old ladies, a disheartened octopus and swashbuckling pirates to name but a few. If you enjoyed Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter and everything in between, you’ll love Alex and the Ironic Gentleman!
Date published: 2009-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Guides (9-11) and Pathfinders (12-14) will love this entertaining book When Alex’s sixth-grade teacher Mr. Underwood is kidnapped by pirates, she embarks upon a rescue mission to save his family’s long-lost treasure. To do that, she must find the ship Ironic Gentleman and face down the notorious Pirate Captain Steele the Inevitable. Most of this book focuses on Alex’s many side adventures - most of which have nothing to do with the main plotline – but they are so cleverly and humorously written I didn’t mind that the book took a more scenic route to get to the end. Personally, my favourite part was the spontaneous musical number performed by Lord Poppinjay and staff of the On The Edge Hotel (including a “DANCE BREAK involving much tap dancing and the occasional lift. And jazz hands.”) Other reviewers have addressed the quirky and whimsical writing style and while it may not be for everyone, I can definitively see the appeal to a young adult/preteen audience. One word of warning: although the language is tame (“blast” and “heck” being the worst) there is quite a lot of violence and death, including a torture scene. It’s not exceptionally graphic but it does happen on screen. Any parent reading out loud to younger readers will have to do some fast and fancy editing to avoid describing some of the darker scenes. No matter how bad things seem to get, though, the ending is ultimately a happy one, with a good message about right and wrong. The book takes us through some shady grey areas before arriving at that message, but in the end it’s there. Definitely an entertaining read for Guides (9-11) and even Pathfinder aged girls (12-14). The parents of Brownies (7-8) might want to review the book first before reading it out loud or allowing their daughters to attempt it themselves.
Date published: 2008-08-18