Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
260 Pages
Reviewed on 04/24/2024
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Author Biography

Marius Trevelean doesn’t exist, but if he did exist, he would probably look like this guy.

Legend tells he was once chased by an elephant and a herd of hippos (is herd the collective noun? A pack? A sleeve? A something of hippos.) And a handful of crocodiles. ‘Handful’ is definitely the right word to describe lots of crocodiles.

Marius Trevelean also fell off a waterfall, maybe? It is implausible he would survive, and if he did survive, he would definitely bruise his backside.

Theoretically, Marius Trevelean would be English but would live in America. I would imagine he would also write comedic science fiction stories for incredibly intelligent and funny Middle Graders.

He would not write about hippos. It’s too difficult.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

SiP is penned by author Marius Trevelean in the science fiction, fantasy, and adventure genres for independent readers in the middle-grade and younger teenage range. The author presents an imaginative tale where Planet Earth is transformed into a juice box. This prompts twelve-year-old Jim Moss to confront his fear of water as he embarks on a quest to rescue his father from the mysterious straw that has sucked up his father's battleship. Teaming up with his eccentric inventor uncle, fishermen mistaken for pirates, and alien castaways, Jim's journey spans from Portsmouth, England, across the Atlantic and even to the edge of space, all while navigating the interference of the President of the United States and a looming threat to Earth's existence.

Author Marius Trevelean has crafted an exhilarating adventure filled with humor, mystery, and imaginative twists that are certain to capture its young readership right from the start. The author’s storytelling prowess is immediately on display as he crafts a fast-paced narrative that keeps readers of all ages thoroughly engaged, putting us right into the center of the action. The premise of Earth turning into a juice box is delightfully absurd yet captivating, setting the stage for a series of increasingly outlandish escapades that grow with a steady and enjoyable momentum. Jim's character development, as he confronts his fears and takes on the mantle of a hero, is both relatable and inspiring for young readers. I thought the speech and thought presentation techniques were realistic and accessible to the target audience. The ensemble cast of quirky characters adds depth and humor, ensuring that every page is brimming with excitement. Overall, SiP is a delightful romp through a world turned upside down, perfect for adventurous readers craving a unique and entertaining tale, and I would certainly recommend it.

Luwi Nyakansaila

In SiP, a children's science fiction adventure by Marius Trevelean, the plot revolves around Jim Moss, a twelve-year-old boy who dreams of becoming a naval officer like his father, John, and going on exciting expeditions. However, Jim has a fear of water. One day, a large red and white straw emerges in the Atlantic Ocean, sucking up water and ships in its path. The Excalibur, John Moss's battleship, is also pulled in, and Jim is determined to save his father and the crew. With the help of his quirky uncle, who invents strange gadgets, and a group of fishermen who believe they are pirates, Jim sets out on a thrilling mission to rescue his father and uncover the mystery of the colossal straw.

SiP is a captivating tale that explores themes of bravery, determination, and overcoming fears. Although it is a children's book, adults can also enjoy the engaging plot, valuable life lessons, and intriguing mystery. The unique premise of a giant straw causing chaos and Jim's journey to save his father with the help of an unlikely crew makes for an exciting read. The blend of humor and adventure makes it an excellent choice for fans of the genre. Marius Trevelean's writing is skillful, and his vivid descriptions bring the story's world to life. The plot highlights environmental issues and the importance of kindness. Children will enjoy the story while also learning valuable lessons. I enjoyed this book, and I hope many other readers will too.

Doreen Chombu

SiP by Marius Trevelean is a hilarious story that follows Jim, a young boy with big dreams of joining the Navy like his father. Unfortunately, due to a swimming accident, Jim has developed aquaphobia and gets bullied at school because of it. One day, while he is speaking with his father on a secret, newly developed video communication system, a giant tube that looks like a milkshake straw appears in the sky and lands in the Atlantic Ocean where Jim's father is stationed. This unknown object is broadcast worldwide and causes fear and chaos to everyone, even world leaders like the President of the United States. Things get worse when the straw sucks up the ocean and the battleship carrying Jim's father. Determined to rescue his dad, Jim enlists the help of his uncle, Professor Banks, and a crew of fishermen who consider themselves pirates. Follow Jim as he conquers his fears in this thrilling rescue adventure.

SiP is a delightful story with amazing lessons and a captivating plot. It is both funny and thought-provoking, tackling important topics such as pollution, environmental protection, and oral hygiene. The story also encourages children to face their fears and be kind to one another. Marius Trevelean brings each scene and character to life with detailed descriptions, grabbing young readers' attention with suspenseful moments and shocking plot twists. The story has a mysterious element, leaving readers curious about what lies at the end of the straw and why it is sipping up the ocean water. The jokes and puns are well-delivered and are sure to make you laugh. I enjoyed this book, and am happy to hear there will be a sequel because I cannot wait to read more adventures from this author. Overall, this is excellent work.