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The plan was simple. Ethan Cheeseman, along with his three smart, polite, and relatively odor-free children, would travel back in time to end an ancient family curse and save their mother. Now that the LVR (a super-secret time machine) is in working order, it should be easy peasy. Except they didn't account for one basic rule of science: Murphy's Law, where everything that possibly could go wrong, does. So the Cheeseman family finds themselves on another madcap adventure, this time through stormy seas and haunted castles. And though their narrator, Dr. Soup, has a ton of unsolicited advice to offer young readers, he doesn't have much to say to help the Cheesemans. Just this one thing: Good luck!

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Another Whole Nother Story

by Dr. Cuthbert Soup

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He’s done it again, and I just don’t know how!  'Dr. Cuthbert Soup' has managed to write a companion novel that is just as hilarious as the first!  You think the story has gotten just about as funny as it can get, and perhaps it will even slow down a bit for a page or two to follow the storyline—then he’ll hit you off guard with some totally unexpected and random one-liner and you find yourself rolling on the floor holding your sides!  We continue with the story of Mr. Cheeseman and his children trying to go back in time to save their mother.  This time, we add Jibby and his crew and they join up with the Cheesemans to journey way back in time in order to break a family curse.  We meet more bad guys along the way, such as Jacques Bon Mot, the French witch hunter; The Mailman and his 7 dwarfs gone bad (the Mailman has nothing to do with the post office and more to do with ‘heavy metal’); Gateman Nametag, who isn’t the trusty assistant he appears to be; and even an Evil Step-Twin!  There is a Danish duke who ‘shpekkens prefekt Engelsk’, and a ghost who quotes Shakespeare.  We get to read words like ‘mobbish’, ‘un-pirately’, ‘Danishy’, ‘alwayses’, and ‘noodly’.  There is an exciting and intense boat chase that involves a lot of pirates and a huge lightning storm, and we even get to go exploring through the dungeon, I mean basement, of a castle!  As always, the best part is the Unsolicited Advice.  There is advice on body piercing, fighting, choosing a name, psychic powers, and more!  Upon reaching the end, if Gateman Nametag were reading the story, I’m sure he’d say something like, “What? Another cliffhanger?!?... I mean, Another Cliffhanger!  Hooray!”  We’ll just have to have a wingdingle or a shindiggle while we wait for the next installment!  Super fun! 

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Another great, clean and funny read from Dr. Soup!  There was one instance of characters kissing, but it was sweet.  A character is struck by lightning (I’m pretty sure he dies).  Another character falls off a cliff after being attacked by an animal (I think he dies, too).

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I put mild on the mature themes just because there is a lot of ‘action’ and ‘peril’, even if it is really tame.

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Reviewed By Emily
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