Wednesday 19 October 2016

Alistair Grim's Odd Aquaticum Book Review

Last year my eldest daughter was lucky enough to review a book called Alistair Grim's Odditorium, she described it as 'crazy cool' and was really looking forward to the sequel and now it's here. Alistair Grim's Odd Aquaticum and we have a copy to review.

When Grubb, an orphan and runaway chimney sweep, entered the wondrous world of the Odditorium, his life changed forever. Apprenticed to the mechanical marvel’s strange proprietor, Alistair Grim, Grubb unfortunately must settle into his new position on the lam, as the whole of London is convinced that Alistair Grim is a villain bent on mass destruction. Grim, however, has come up with a plan to expose the real villain: Prince Nightshade, a wicked necromancer who wants the Odditorium’s power source for himself.

With the evil prince hot on their trail, Grim, Grubb and the rest of the Odditorium's crew embark on a perilous adventure to find the legendary sword Excalibur: the only weapon capable of penetrating Nightshade's magical suit of armor. As expected, their quest turns out to be anything but ordinary. Not only can the Odditorium fly, but it can also swim! And so the crew battens down the hatches and sets off on an underwater voyage to the otherworldly realm of Avalon, home to Excalibur. Along the way, they must battle a banshee assassin, sea monsters, and a witch who seeks revenge on Alistair Grim for stealing her magical objects.

But that’s not all. Unbeknownst to Grubb and the others, their fate has been written in an ancient Avalonian prophecy—a prophecy that holds the key to a destiny not even Alistair Grim could have possibly imagined.

I'll let my daughter share her thoughts with you :

Alistair Grim's Odd Aquaticum is the amazing sequel to Alistair Grim's Odditorium. The main character is a feisty young boy called Grubb. His father, Alistair Grim is planning something special for the crew at the Odditorium and it is certainly exciting.

My favourire part of the book is when they run into some sea serpents. The tension and suspense really hooks the reader and makes them wonder just what will happen next?

I also got a sense of romance between Cleona and Lorcan Dalach.  A bit of extra added tension for the reader.

The book was written amazingly and I would definitely recommend to children from 7 to 12 as well as all adventure loving book worms as I think they would all enjoy it as much as I have.

My final thoughts, I love the story and I will definitely be sharing it with my friends.

The story picks up right where the first book left off and it carries on in the brilliant style in which it all started and although I would recommend that you read the first book it isn't actually ultimately necessary as the author catches you up quite well.

We find out that the Odditorium is a flying magical place created entirely by Grim, the story is magical, filled with all things enchanting and really draws the reader into the world that's been created.

This is the perfect book to get children into reading, it's characters and storyline blend together to make something bursting with mystery and adventure, teaching kids that what seems impossible can actually turn into something possible!


  1. I've not heard of the Alistair Grim books, I'll look out for them. They sound fascinating!


  2. Not heard of this author, but sounds like my boys would enjoy these

  3. This sounds really interesting. I love the cover.


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