The Wild Ones by C. Alexander London

December 25th, 2015 by

The Wild Ones C Alexander LondonSubmitted by Nicky, Age 9 from Connecticut

Rating: ★★★★★

If you like books with talking animals, humor, and fantasy you will love this novel. This book is about a raccoon family that lives in the forest under the Big Sky. One day they get ambushed by bloodhounds owned by humans. The son, Kit sadly lost his mother and father in the ambush, but luckily Kit escaped and arrived at Ankle Snap Alley. Ankle Snap was a place where crooks and burglars live. But these burglars aren’t humans, they are animal crooks. There are bad rats and scoundrels of mice. Kit got pulled into the shell and nut game. He had seeds in his pocket that his mother gave him, and also the footprint of Azkaban. He lost his seeds in one game, but he bet more money; well by “money” I mean seeds. He lost and he was about to get out his seeds when he saw a albino rat took them! He chased the rat and got his seeds back, but then Kit and the rat crook became friends! This is only the beginning of a crazy adventure. Kit had to fight an alligator, meet a rat king, and fight in the biggest, baddest, and bloodiest battle that any animal has ever fought in.

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.

Blood in the Water (Tides of War #1) by C. Alexander London

November 3rd, 2015 by

Blood in the WaterSubmitted by Scott, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

The character are Cory and they trained with Dolphins . It is a great book.

Blood in the Water (Tides of War #1) by C. Alexander London

October 15th, 2015 by

Blood in the WaterSubmitted by Brycen, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This a good war book. This is about this one person who trained a sea lion named Hansel who finds underwater objects they have to go to the arctic. I love this book.

The Wild Ones Book Launch Party & Sweepstakes

September 10th, 2015 by

There ain’t no party like a book launch party ‘cause a book launch party is AWE-SOME! What happens at a book launch party? The author talks. The audience asks questions. Drama unfolds. An animal runs wild. Snacks are eaten.

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At least, that’s what happened at the launch party for C. Alexander London’s new book series, The Wild Ones, held at Books of Wonder in NYC on August 29th.

The event kicked off with a performance that the author described as “one little scene to give you a taste of the action of The Wild Ones” — a scene where a rescue occurs in Ankle Snap Alley:

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Left: Eliot Shrefer. Right: C. Alexander London (with temporary animal ears).

Afterwards, there was a civilized conversation between the author and Eliot Schrefer, who has also written several books for teens and two books in the Spirit Animals series! Here’s some inside scoop that we’re reporting back to Kidsmomo readers:

C. Alexander London was inspired by reading Brian Jacques’ Redwall series as a kid, so he always wanted to write a fantasy series with talking animals. (As you read The Wild Ones, keep an eye out for Martin the mouse, a tribute to Redwall!)

The series follows the adventures of Kit, a raccoon:

Kit is a country raccoon who finds himself alone in the big city when a pack of hunting dogs destroy his home and kills his parents. Kit finds himself in Ankle Snap Alley, a city in the midst of a turf war between the Wild Ones and the people’s pets who call themselves The Flealess. There he uncovers the secret that they died for — an ancient truce that gives Ankle Snap Alley to the Wild Ones. But the Flealess will stop at nothing to keep that secret buried forever, and Kit is in serious danger. Only the brave of heart and quick of paw can save the Wild Ones now.

The idea came to London when he encountered two raccoons in his backyard. One of them lifted a paw, so he raised his hand up in response.

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Not the raccoon in question. From Twitter User @CuteEmergency

Meanwhile, his pet dog was snarling at the raccoons from inside the house, which made sense because London later discovered that raccoons hold their paws up to show aggression. Here, he shares the details of the drama-filled origins of the book:

Since London mentioned his pet dog, our question was: Did Baxter make it into the book as a character? The answer: The main baddie, Titus, was once based on Baxter, a Boston terrier. However, after much consideration, Titus was changed to a thin Italian Greyhound with spindly legs and a deep gruff voice, inspiring London’s favorite sentence in the book, describing Titus’ voice as being “like dynamite in a silk purse.”

Stand-in for C. Alexander London's dog, also a Boston Terrier

Stand-in for C. Alexander London’s dog, also a Boston Terrier

Photo (c) Flickr User louies

An Italian Greyhound. Photo (c) Flickr User louies

In preparation for writing The Wild Ones, London read many books featuring animal characters, such as the classics The Rats of NIMH and The Wind in the Willows. Like the Redwall series, many of them were very British, so he thought: What would the American counterpart be? London decided it could be an immigrant story — someone coming to a new place and finding a home: That is Kit’s story. Ankle Snap Alley is based on the historical Five Points neighborhood in Manhattan, infamous for crime and poverty.

WildOnesBookLaunch_CAlexanderLondonSo what will we be looking forward to after reading The Wild Ones? The sequel, of course! In the sequel, we’ll get a taste of a villainous coyote, a gang of otters, and the mysterious alligator in the sewer that everyone’s heard about. London just finished the first draft, which was a little held up because he invented a lot of new words for the world, but had a tiny bit of trouble keeping track of it all. A lot of the jargon used by the animals is similar to what thieves and magicians say.

After the Q&A, we stood in line for the book signing and enjoyed some compost cake and animal crackers:WildOnesBookLaunch_Snacks

And in case you’re worried that we’re reporting this from the grave after an intense life-ending stomachache: Nope, compost cake is NOT made of actual compost, but actually consists of crushed cookies, chips, pretzels and more fun, yummy snacks. Compost cake, naturally, is the closest homage to what the Wild Ones eat, which is… trash and compost. The animal crackers, however — the author admitted that was a little odd. He doesn’t want to us to EAT Kit, he wants us to READ about him, obviously. So… pick up a copy of The Wild Ones today! Or enter below for a chance to win a copy!

Raccoon Photo (c) Flickr user fatedsnowfox

Raccoon Photo (c) Flickr user fatedsnowfox

ENTER BY SEPTEMBER 30TH FOR A CHANCE TO WIN…

  • GRAND PRIZE: A SIGNED HARDCOVER COPY OF THE WILD ONES AND A HARDCOVER COPY OF IMMORTAL GUARDIANS!
  • TWO RUNNER-UP PRIZES: A HARD COVER COPY OF THE WILD ONES!

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— Karen & Nancy

P.S. In case you were keeping track: The “animal running wild” that we mentioned at the beginning was an adorable service dog who walked around the bookstore like he owned the joint. It did not seem professional to take a picture of him, as he was doing important dog work.

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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