We Are Not Eaten by Yaks (An Accidental Adventure, #1) by C. Alexander London

December 24th, 2015 by

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Submitted by Kayla, Age 10 from Connecticut

Rating: ★★★★★

I think C.Alexander. London did a good job with his series of Accidental Adventure the first book is We are not eaten by Yaks. I like how C.Alexander put a lot of adventures in his book and It’s is funny in some of the parts and and a little weird in all the books and the others books he made in the series are We Dine with Cannibals and the second book is We give a squid a wedgie and the last book in the series is We sled with Dragons, and if you guys did not read it you should read it and I think you will love it.

We Give a Squid a Wedgie (An Accidental Adventure #3) by C. Alexander London

December 23rd, 2015 by

We Give a Squid a WedgieSubmitted by Adrian, Age 10 from Connecticut

Rating: ★★★★½

I thought this book was not as interesting as the other 3. But once you got into it it was very good. So overall I loved this book. I recommend this book to anyone that likes adventure, action and mystery, this book would be great for you. Thank you.

We Dine With Cannibals: Author Video & Interview!

November 17th, 2011 by

We-Dine-with-Cannibals-C-Alexander-LondonWould you rather travel the globe, facing constant danger but experiencing new wonders every day, OR would you rather sit on your couch and watch TV? Well, guess what — sometimes you don’t actually get a choice! Such is the fate of Celia and Oliver Navel, the reluctant heroes of the Accidental Adventures series by C. Alexander London.

If you read Karen’s review of Book 1: We Are Not Eaten By Yaks, then you know that the Navel twins are forced into a crazy globe-trotting quest to rescue their parents, even though they’d much rather be at home enjoying cable television.

Well, in Book 2: We Dine With Cannibals, poor Celia and Oliver are once again drawn into an intriguing journey — and they are NOT happy about it! What lies in store for the Navels? Find out in this exclusive video from the author himself:

Don’t worry — C. Alexander London managed to escape from that tiger unharmed. We know because we just saw him a couple days ago at the release party for We Dine With Cannibals, which was held at the Books of Wonder store in NYC!

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The adventurous author in the wilds of Books of Wonder


 
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Cannibal snacks: FINGER sandwiches, RED velvet cupcakes, and BLOOD orange juice!

First, London read part of his book involving fire ants, underwear, and a teen super celebrity that London based on a cross between Bear Grylls from Man vs. Wild and Justin Bieber:

After his reading, London took questions from the audience, during which he revealed:

  • He based Oliver and Celia on himself and his sister, Mandy. Apparently, Celia and Mandy are very similar in their bossiness!
  • There are four Accidental Adventures books planned, but London doesn’t rule out the possibility of more in the future. Makes sense to us — this is the ACCIDENTAL Adventure series, after all!
  • The next book will be called We Give a Squid a Wedgie — and upon announcing this, London had the epiphany that he’s apparently obsessed with underwear.
  • In the fourth book, the Navels go someplace very cold — but London wouldn’t give more details than that!
  • London has never met a Viking.

Intrigued? Well, luckily for you, London was kind enough to take a break from all his adventuring and book partying to answer a few questions just for Kidsmomo:

You’ve done a lot of traveling yourself. What is the most surprising experience that you’ve ever had in your travels? And what is the weirdest thing you’ve eaten?
C. Alexander London: I have done a lot of traveling, which gave me the inspiration for this series, in fact, and I like traveling a bit more than Oliver and Celia Navel do. Part of the fun of travel is that it is always full of surprises. I’ve had some pretty crazy accidental adventures myself, from the time on my 22nd birthday when I was in the Eastern Congo and Mt. Nyiragongo erupted, forcing an evacuation of the city where I was staying, to the time I accidentally wandered into the middle of the first mass protests in Burma in decades. It was on that trip to Burma, in fact, that I came up with the idea for this series.

As to the food, I love strange eating. I tried fried scorpion in Thailand, and was kind of disappointed. It mostly just tasted greasy. I once accidentally ate a curry made with some goat… well, unmentionables. It wasn’t bad actually; I’m just glad I didn’t know what I was eating until afterwards. In New Orleans, I ate an amazing alligator cheesecake (it was savory, not sweet). In the Middle East, I ate all kinds of brains and guts and innards — quite tasty! I’m a big believer that anything can taste good if it’s deep fried. It’s not so healthy, but when you’re eating brains and guts and innards, health isn’t the first thing that goes through your mind.

The Navel twins love TV, and they would surely love their lives to be turned into a TV show. If it were, any thoughts on the actors who would play them?

C. Alexander London: Before the series is over, Oliver and Celia will have an argument about this themselves. Oliver would love to be played by someone famous and super slick. Celia thinks he should be played by a lizard. As for my opinion, I’m just not sure… Given how long it takes movies and TV shows to get made, I have to wonder if the actor to play them has even been born yet!

There is definitely some rivalry in the Explorers Club — who do you think would win in a fight: Magellan, Christopher Columbus, or Amelia Earhart?
C. Alexander London: Well, Magellan and Christopher Columbus were both pretty tough fighters who were not afraid to get their hands dirty or their swords bloody, but Amelia Earhart was no slouch either, and, having an airplane, she could probably put some serious fear into the other two. But I think Magellan would probably come out ahead. He did a lot of fighting in his day, back when exploring meant violent conquest more than scientific discovery.

Is it just us, or does London have enough stories to fill a fifth Accidental Adventures book — featuring fist fights at the Explorers Club, a lizard posing as a human, and deep-fried innards? We’d read that book!

In the meantime, check out We Are Not Eaten By Yaks and We Dine With Cannibals. Then leave a comment with your thoughts or send in a full review. (And if you’ve ever eaten a weird foodstuff yourself, you obviously MUST leave a comment with the details!)

And thanks so much to C. Alexander London for sending this video and answering our questions, even while being chased by a tiger!

We Are Not Eaten By Yaks: Book Review

May 19th, 2011 by

we-are-not-eaten-by-yaks-book-reviewObviously, I love to read. But you know what else I love? Television! My DVR is currently 92% full, and I like it that way. I looooooove watching TV!

So I can relate to Oliver and Celia Navel, the heroes of We Are Not Eaten By Yaks (Book 1 in the Accidental Adventures series by C. Alexander London). The Navel twins also looooooove watching TV. In fact, they’re totally obsessed with it — which is too bad for them because they just so happen to be the children of famous adventurers and they live at the Explorers Club. So they’re constantly being dragged on dangerous globe-trotting excursions when all they want to do is veg out on the couch.

And this summer is no exception. Their mother is missing, and — actually, let’s get into the spirit of TV-watching, shall we? Instead of me telling you about the book, why don’t you check out this video to find out what happens to Celia and Oliver:

Intrigued? Well, you should be! We Are Not Eaten By Yaks is funny and gripping, and full of exotic locales, unexpected twists, and yaks. AND Yetis! How can you resist? Don’t even try. Just go read this book. Your TV will still be there after you finish, I promise.*

— Karen

For some reason, Karen’s DVR won’t record Top Chef: Masters properly and she’s missed the last three episodes. It’s making Karen very, very angry!

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* Promise not legally binding. Kidsmomo is not responsible for any thefts or television breakages that may occur while you’re reading We Are Not Eaten By Yaks.
 
 
Review copy provided by the author.


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