The Creature Department

The Creature Department

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"Stunning. . . . a bit like if you took Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Monsters Inc. and shoved them in a TARDIS."—Buzzfeed

It’s a tentacled, inventive, gooey, world in there. . . .

Elliot Von Doppler and his friend Leslie think nothing ever happens in Bickleburgh, except inside the gleaming headquarters of DENKi-3000—the world’s eighth-largest electronics factory.
 
Beneath the glass towers and glittering skywalks, there's a rambling old mansion from which all the company’s amazing inventions spring forth. And no one except Uncle Archie knows what’s behind the second-to-last door at the end of the hall.

Until Elliot and Leslie are invited to take a glimpse inside.

They find stooped, troll-like creatures with jutting jaws and broken teeth. Tiny winged things that sparkle as they fly. And huge, hulking, hairy nonhumans (with horns). It is unlike anything they’ve ever seen.

But when Chuck Brickweather threatens to shut down the DENKi-3000 factory if a new product isn’t presented soon, the creatures know they are in danger. And when Uncle Archie vanishes, it’s up to Elliot, Leslie, and every one of the unusual, er, “employees” to create an invention so astonishing it will save the Creature Department.
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About the author

Robert Paul Weston lives in London, England, in a crumbling old building, hidden behind shiny glass towers. His first novel-in-verse, Zorgamazoo, recieved the California Young Reader’s Medal, the Silver Birch Award, the Children’s Choice Award, and an E.B. White Read Aloud Honor. The hardboiled fairy tale Dust City was nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Mystery. In February 2013, he published Prince Puggly of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff. Although he writes all his books with a mechanical pencil, it’s not electric and doesn’t come with a telescopic lens. 
 
Framestore is a visual effects studio based in London, New York, Los Angeles, and most recently Montreal. Their work can be seen in all eight of the Harry Potter films, Where the Wild Things Are, War Horse, and The Golden Compass, for which they won the Oscar for best visual effects. Framestore is also responsible for the creatures and astonishing effects in movies like Ben Stiller’s Walter Mitty; Gravity, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock; the samurai epic 47 Ronin, starring Keanu Reeves; Jupiter Ascending by the Wachowskis; Iron Man 3; and Robocop.
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Publisher
Penguin
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Published on
Nov 5, 2013
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Pages
336
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ISBN
9781101611876
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Language
English
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Genres
Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Juvenile Fiction / Animals / Dragons, Unicorns & Mythical
Juvenile Fiction / Science & Technology
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This content is DRM protected.
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IF THESE CREATURES DON'T PUT ON A SHOW, THEY'LL BE PUT ON A PLATE!

When Jean-Remy receives a singing telegram from his long-lost sister, Eloise Yvette, the Creature Department is once again thrown into an invention frenzy. Rumor has it that the Ghorks have taken Heppleworth’s Food Factory hostage. And worse, they are threatening to make tasty treats of the creatures inside!

Elliot and Leslie lead the way to the town of Simmersville with Ghork-grappling inventions in hand. A grand Food Festival is in full swing, and the fanciest restaurant in town is serving a very suspicious Special. Elliot takes a bite, but when strange green hair starts growing on his arm, he wishes he hadn’t.

A very hairy Elliot, a blurrified Leslie, and our favorite department of creatures finally come nose-to-snout with the Ghorks and uncover a sinister scheme. But can they fend off the gang of ravenous Ghorks before dinnertime?

Praise for The Creature Department: 
  
“Stunning. . . . a bit like if you took Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Monsters Inc. and shoved them in a TARDIS.”—Buzzfeed

“The creatures are a giggle-inducing example of an imagination run wild.”—Associated Press
 
“The creatures are the main appeal . . . and their antics, coupled with the strong visuals, will attract readers who enjoy imaginative, slightly silly fantasies.”—School Library Journal
 
“A literal Creature feature, with plenty of cinematic and digital spinoff potential.”—Kirkus
 
“A lot of silliness, a bit of rickum rockery, and a giggle of grossness.”—New York Journal of Books
IF THESE CREATURES DON'T PUT ON A SHOW, THEY'LL BE PUT ON A PLATE!

When Jean-Remy receives a singing telegram from his long-lost sister, Eloise Yvette, the Creature Department is once again thrown into an invention frenzy. Rumor has it that the Ghorks have taken Heppleworth’s Food Factory hostage. And worse, they are threatening to make tasty treats of the creatures inside!

Elliot and Leslie lead the way to the town of Simmersville with Ghork-grappling inventions in hand. A grand Food Festival is in full swing, and the fanciest restaurant in town is serving a very suspicious Special. Elliot takes a bite, but when strange green hair starts growing on his arm, he wishes he hadn’t.

A very hairy Elliot, a blurrified Leslie, and our favorite department of creatures finally come nose-to-snout with the Ghorks and uncover a sinister scheme. But can they fend off the gang of ravenous Ghorks before dinnertime?

Praise for The Creature Department: 
  
“Stunning. . . . a bit like if you took Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Monsters Inc. and shoved them in a TARDIS.”—Buzzfeed

“The creatures are a giggle-inducing example of an imagination run wild.”—Associated Press
 
“The creatures are the main appeal . . . and their antics, coupled with the strong visuals, will attract readers who enjoy imaginative, slightly silly fantasies.”—School Library Journal
 
“A literal Creature feature, with plenty of cinematic and digital spinoff potential.”—Kirkus
 
“A lot of silliness, a bit of rickum rockery, and a giggle of grossness.”—New York Journal of Books
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