|Eric Bower/Agnieszka Grochalska|
I loved it! The main character was this clumsy, chubby little boy. His parents turn their house into a flying machine to win this contest, but they are kidnapped by the sister of the most ruthless criminal in America. She plans to help them win so she can steal the money and then help her brother escape.
And boom, let the adventures begin. This book is loaded with adventure and it's hilarious. I had more than one occasion where I had to read something a few times because we were all laughing so hard. That doesn't happen too often.
I love that the immediate family goes by letter abbreviations. Waldo Baron is W.B., Ma is M and Pa is P. The only time W.B. is called anything else is Wide Butt by Shorty, a girl W.B. meets in Chicago. His parents spend most of the story tied up in the control room. His dad is tied to the steering wheel and his comments are peppered with "Wheeeee!" because he loves to spin - lol.
The graphics are by Agnieszka Grochalska, a polish graphics artist. My copy messed up the pictures, but from what I could see, and it's here on the cover, she did a very nice job.
I see there's a 2nd book in the works, I really hope I can get my hands on that. Even Ivan was into this one, and he never listens to me read.