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Reviewed by Jean Hall for Readers' Favorite
The imagination and inexhaustible humor of a 14-year-old boy is not to be trifled with. Derek Adie Flower in The Weird And Wonderful Adventures Of Tim Wessurp introduces us to a British hero boy named Tim or Twerp. This exceedingly tall tale begins oddly enough with a classroom lecture on sand. Schoolboy Twerp daydreams and he is transported to a sun-drenched, sandy beach... The teacher interrupts this gift of ubiquity, where he can be present wherever his imagination takes him. Twerp's first adventure involves the conspiracy of the smokeys. These sinister puffs and clouds of smoke can infiltrate your life and control your every thought. If caught unawares, you could be a SCH, or a smokey controlled human. In his second adventure, there are diabolical, shapeless rag dolls that are created and marketed by Twerp's aunt in the United States. The dolls have an evil, button eye which promotes negative thoughts.
In Twerp's final adventure, there are two-dimensional space aliens called Nethites who want to dominate the earth and regain their third dimension, as would be expected. Twerp is able to harness his scientific and imaginative gifts to protect the earth from these three dire threats. Twerp has help from his teacher Mr. Ratcliffe, who is also affectionately known as Ratface. The tone of acute silliness and biting sarcasm still somehow has an underlying innocence.
The plot and the tone of the story have no earthly limits. The story is geared for young adults but more mature adults should enjoy it too. There are large and impressive issues of smokey conspiracies, and world domination at the hands of deranged dolls or wafer-like space aliens. But there are also Twerp's light-hearted fantasies for the freedoms of adulthood, luxurious travel, and treats of hamburgers and ice cream. The Weird And Wonderful Adventures Of Tim Wessurp by Derek Adie Flower has flights of fancy and loads of laughs.