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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Patrick Griffin's Last Breakfast on Earth by Ned Rust

Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release Date: August 2, 2016



While sci-fi/fantasy is not my preferred genre, there is something endearing about young Patrick Griffin and the incredible journey he finds himself taking in Patrick Griffin's Last Breakfast on Earth.

Patrick is the middle child of seven children, so he's used to being quiet and keeping out the way. When he gets up to find the entire house empty, it's odd. More disturbing is that the frozen waffles his mother bought the day before are gone. Someone ate his share. With an empty house, there's no one to stop Patrick from making his own. After all, cooking is like chemistry and Patrick loves chemistry!

Once he's eaten his fill, Patrick decides to keep going. He takes just about every household cleaner and personal grooming item he can get his hands on, mix them together, and see what happens. He never expects his weird mixture to produce a vile green gas, a gas that sends him to another dimension. Patrick wakes up on Ith. A land where people have tiny ears and huge eyes. One where cell phones are called binkies and everyone has one and uses it non-stop.

While Patrick is now in Ith, a strange creature has found itself on earth. Mr. BunBun, a rabbit-like creature with the horns of an antelope (a Jackalope), Both are now integral parts in a plot to stop the evil Technocrats from taking over both Ith and Earth. Plus, Patrick needs to find a way to leave Ith and return to his family.

The opening chapter of Patrick Griffin's Last Breakfast on Earth drew me in. I liked Patrick, loved his attitude and curiosity. There were times the story dragged a little, especially when the leader of the Technocrats became the focus. I was too invested in Patrick and Mr. BunBun to really enjoy the switch to the bad guy. I kept reading because I really needed to know if Patrick could get back home to the family who clearly adored him.


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