Thank you to Kristen LeClerc for sending me an e-ARC to read and review! Attack of the Stuff is available NOW!
FULL TITLE: Attack of the Stuff: The Life and Times of Bill Waddler
Genre: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel
Rating: 4 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes
ABOUT: In what is described as “an 8 year old’s fever dream,” New York Times bestselling author introduces us to Bill Waddler. Bill is a duck who dreams of being smothered by farting snakes. He also has a special gift. He is able to hear appliances complain. Imagine what toilets would complain about. Bill doesn’t need to imagine. While working as a cash-only hay seller (that doesn’t accept credit cards), Bill doesn’t know that he, and a very confused orange juice sales clerk, are about to save the world. If you could hear this book complain, it would be saying “where have you been all my life?”
My Review: Attack of the Stuff is a wild story that I found comically entertaining.
A duck named Bill has the ability to hear objects talk – already starting off on a good note! The things in Bill’s house have a lot to say and are not shy about speaking their minds (to Bill’s detriment). For instance, his toilet aspires to be a movie star! The absurdity of it all is great. Kids will sure to find this story ridiculously hilarious.
Bill doesn’t have much going for him, which is probably why being at his house is anything but relaxing. As Bill puts it, “Electronics complain too much.” I love that he owns his own business and that his job is selling hay. What makes it even more amazing is that the business is called Hay Man (what an incredible title!).
I feel like we can all put ourselves in Bill’s shoes and have similar reactions to the ridicule and complaints by the stuff in our houses. It’s very easy to become overwhelmed by an abundance of stuff.
I love how the story goes from somewhat strangely ordinary to extraordinary. You get to see Bill’s character really shine in the most Bill-like fashion. The snake scene was absolutely hilarious!
The art was really neat and very lively. I love graphic novels that fill much of the white space with an explosion of color and vibrancy of life.
I really enjoyed reading Attack of the Stuff. I’m sure this book will be a hit with middle graders.