Timothy and the Dragon's Gate

Timothy and the Dragon's Gate

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Eleven-year-old Timothy Freshwater has been expelled from every school in his city. With nowhere else to go, he joins his father at the Tall and Imposing Tower of Doom and lands himself an (unpaid) internship with Evans Bore, a hopelessly awkward CEO who hasn't been invited to single fancy party in his entire life. When his father is called away on business, his real education begins. Left in the care of an eccentric neighbour named Mr. Bazalgette, Timothy learns some curious facts about Mr. Bore and his unusually loyal mail clerk, Mr. Shen--facts that lead to unbelievable revelations: about dragons, servants, and the laws that bind them. With time running out, Timothy takes it upon himself to change one dragon's fate, and begins an adventure that will not end until he is relentlessly pursued by a pack of blood-thirsty black cabs, a crazed ninja and the most feared pirate in the South China Sea! This stand-alone read is the perfect introduction to Adrienne Kress' wild imagination. Those readers who loved her first book, Alex and the Ironic Gentleman, will rejoice in the reappearance of Alex, Captain Magnanimous and the peculiar Jack Scratch.
Publisher: Toronto : Scholastic Canada, 2009.
ISBN: 9780545990424
0545990424
Branch Call Number: J KRE

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haywardfamily Jan 14, 2012

Good. Not as good as Alex and the Ironic Gentleman though. Some of the characters from Alex and the Ironic Gentleman are in this book.

This book is not as spectacular as Alex and the Ironic Gentleman. Though it still delivers what you would expect from Kress; fun witty characters and adventure at every turn, it lacks that certain kick that I recieved from The Ironic Gentleman. It was a tad dissapointing.
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This book is not as spectacular as Alex and the Ironic Gentleman. Though it still delivers what you would expect from Kress; fun witty characters and adventure at evry turn, it lacks that certain kick that I recieved from The Ironic Gentleman. It was a tad dissapointing.

dascott Feb 18, 2011

I don't have any children. I've never really felt any desire to be a parent.

Every once in a while, though, I read a children's book and wish I had children I could read it to. "Timothy and the Dragon's Gate" is one of those books.

Young Timothy is a boy who is too smart for his own good. (Timothy, of course, disagrees with this assessment because, well, he's too smart for his own good.) He has managed to get himself expelled from every school in the city, leaving his father uncertain with to do with the lad. So, he takes his son to work one day. And there Timothy meets an elderly Chinese man named Mr. Shen, who is not what he seems to be... and Timothy is caught up in a number of whirlwind adventures.

This is an excellent follow-up to Kress' earlier children's novel, "Alex and the Ironic Gentleman". (It's not strictly necessary to have read "Alex" before reading "Timothy", but doing so greatly increases the enjoyment of the second story.) "Timothy" is funny, exciting and has a moral as our young hero learns a few life lessons (although the reader is not bashed over the head with this moral; it develops slowly, subtly and realistically).

If you've got those children that I never had, do them a favour and read this book to them. And "Alex and the Ironic Gentleman" while you're at it.

Heck, even if you don't have kids of your own, read them anyway. You won't be disappointed

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