Barry Wolverton is the first human ever granted access to the walrus library at Ocean’s End, where he conducted extensive research for NEVERSINK, his first book. In addition to Walrus he speaks Chicken, although actual chickens don’t appear to understand him. He lives with a moderately overweight cat named Charlie (who understands him but doesn’t listen) in Memphis, Tenn. Visit him at www.barrywolverton.com. And today, my sister Asma reviews his debut!
Barry Wolverton (Illustrated by Sam Nielson)
When owls threaten the puffins’ way of life on the small island of Neversink along the Arctic Circle, Lockley J. Puffin, helped by a hummingbird and a walrus, sets out to save it.
Lockley J. Puffin is an odd one out of odds. Lockley lives in Neversink with his wife Lucy, with no troubles at all. His only friends are Egbert, a smart but annoying walrus and Ruby, a helpful hummingbird. The only trouble that Lockleys ever had was being confused for a penguin.
But all of this is about to change. The Sickness has returned in the colony of Tytonia. So when Egbert accidently invited the owls to his party and they try Lucy’s delicious smidgens, baked fish cakes, everything goes wrong. Rozbell, the new crowned king of Tytonia, has now decided to place a tax on smidgens. The problem though is that Lucy’s having an egg! Not only has she gotten weaker but slowly, slowly Rozbell is ordering for more.
I’m not the type of person who reads books with talking animals, I’m not sure why, but they usually end up pretty boring. So I didn’t really have high expectations for Neversink. The first couple of pages were boring but then after that there was action on every page. Let me describe Neversink with three F’s – Funny, Fishy, and Fantastic! Barry Wolverton had me hooked into his book in no time, and he left me craving for more. Lockley J. Puffin is a very determined and a goofy bird. Egbert and Ruby were equally funny in their own ways.
Barry Wolverton added a lot of interesting characters along the way. Like I said although I don’t really like books where animals can talk… I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a goofy and true friendship story with fast paced action.
Check out the participants in the NEVERSINK Blog Tour:
Tuesday, 3/27 – Guest Post at Nerdy Book Club
Wednesday, 3/28 – Guest Post & Giveaway at Cari’s Book Blog
Thursday, 3/29 – Interview & Giveaway with Teach Mentor Texts
Friday, 3/30 – Review & Giveaway at Buried in Books
Saturday, 3/31 – Guest Post at Buried in Books
Saturday, 3/31 – Review & Giveaway at IceyBooks
Sunday, 4/1 – Review & Giveaway at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia
Monday, 4/2 – Review & Giveaway at The Write Path
Tuesday, 4/3 – Guest Post with The Other Side of the Story
Wednesday, 4/4 – Interview with There’s a Book
Thursday, 4/5 – Interview & Giveaway with National Children’s Book Examiner
Friday 4/6 – Author/Editor Interview at Another Gray Day