Archer B. Helmsley has grown up in a house full of oddities and treasures collected by his grandparents, the famous explorers. He knows every nook and cranny. He knows them all too well. After all, ever since his grandparents went missing on an iceberg, his mother barely lets him leave the house.
Archer B. Helmsley longs for adventure. Grand adventures, with parachutes and exotic sunsets and interesting characters. But how can he have an adventure when he can’t leave his house? It helps that he has friends like Adelaide L. Belmont, who must have had many adventures since she ended up with a wooden leg. (Perhaps a crocodile ate it. Perhaps not.) And Oliver Glub. Oliver will worry about all the details (so that Archer doesn’t have to). And so Archer, Adelaide and Oliver make a plan. A plan to get out of the house, out of their town entirely. It’s a good plan. Well, it’s not bad, anyway. But nothing goes quite as they expected.
How did I get the book? I bought it
Review: Visually this is a beautiful book. The UK edition is a truly stunning hardback with a dustjacket that I had to remove while reading so worried was I about damaging the artwork. Not to mention all the marvellous drawings, some in full colour and some in as pencil (I think) throughout the book.
Inside we have the story of Archer B. Helmsley. A young boy who is stuck inside a house of wonder and wishing for adventure which his parents are not very keen on. There is also his neighbour Oliver Glub and the mysterious Adélaïde L. Belmont.
I wasn’t sure what kind of adventure The Doldrums would be, Archer wants to go and search for his missing grandparents so maybe that would be it? Or is it a different kind of story? Well I won’t spoil it. 😉
What the book is, is very enticing. I loved the narration and how the story build over time. Looking forward to the next in the series.