September 15, 2007

The Adventures of Vin Fiz - by Clive Cussler

What if you had a machine that would make your toys grow to full size and come to life? Sounds cool, doesn't it? That's what ten-year old twins Lacey and Casey Nicefolk thought too, and these farm kids decided to transform a toy model of an old-fashioned airplane into transportation for a cross-country adventure, from the Pacific to the Atlantic. For the trip, the only things the kids planned to bring were their dog (Floopy the basset hound) and a bottle of grape soda called Vin Fiz. Along the way, the kids have all sorts of unbelievable adventures, but I can't tell you what, or even if they made it home again. If you want to know, read the book!

Although this story was full of adventure, I didn't love the writing. The author tried to pack too much excitement into some parts of the book, while other sections were a bit boring. Also, the character names were a little too cute for my tastes, and the writing felt a little dreamy in the ways the sentences and paragraphs looped together. It felt like the author was trying to make it kind of old-fashioned, and I guess that worked. On the bright side, Mr. Cussler used a superb number of interesting adjectives, just enough to give this book some challenge.