My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ah, August. The last days of summer. This sci-fi-fantasy caper starring The Legendary Alston Boys, cousins Otto and Sheen, is a brilliant explosion of the wish so many kids make right about now, at the end of summer, “Just one more day!” When a mischievous supernatural being named Mr. Flux arrives in Otto and Sheen’s town, a town that has all kinds of unusual phenomena on a good day, and brandishes a time-freezing camera, a simple pic takes on catastrophic power as the world is frozen in time. It’s Ground Hog Day, a day that never ends, turned Sci-Fi time-twisting romp. Otto and Sheen have never turned down a challenge to prove their sleuthing creds to their town, they have three city keys to prove it!, but now they are dealing with their friends and relatives literally locked in place, unable to move. Cars are hovering in the air. Mirrors have tentacles. Ginormous, furry Platypus creatures rage through the streets. And there is a stranger in town who might be able to help them, a dude named Timewarp, if they can just find him again. No matter what, it’s up to the Alston boys to figure out how to reset time.
Giles also manages to tug at the heart-strings throughout and keeps the pages flying with his sharp, witty dialog, cousin-to-cousin banter, and expert pacing. Illustrations are fly and amplify the humor at just the right moments, keeping the characters moving towards solving the time puzzles and discovering what impact the present has on the future. A time-travel, fantastical gem. I am so looking forward to reading the second instalment The Last Mirror on the Left via Edelweiss+ Digital Review Copy!