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Author: Matthew Ward Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Fantastic Family Whipple Series Release Date: October 2013 ISBN: 9781470383206
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For every child who’s ever dreamed of being in the Guinness Book of World Records comes the story of eleven-year-old Arthur Whipple and his fantastic family of world record breakers.

The Whipple family has broken all sorts of world records, including:

• Most Crème Brulée Eaten in One Minute
• Highest Number of Matching Outfits Worn by a Stuffed Toy and Its Owner
• Youngest Person to Summit the Third-Highest Mountain in the World

These are just three of the 49,521 records won by Arthur’s twelve brothers and sisters. Unfortunately, unlike his siblings, Arthur hasn’t broken a single, solitary world record!

But when the Whipples suffer a spate of catastrophes and a curious amount of attention from a pair of irregularly sized and unusually menacing clowns, Arthur might be the only one who can save his family from losing their collective crown—or worse.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ward’s debut has echoes of Roald Dahl, with the setting and story line falling somewhere between whimsical and pleasantly absurd…played with tongue-in-cheek seriousness, allowing for humor, drama, and a healthy dose of adventure. It’s a genuinely fun and comically ludicrous romp.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This novel’s pace is frenetic; the action is over-the-top, as are the myriad world records. Think vaudeville on a roller coaster. There’s humor and mayhem, and red herrings and nefarious suspects abound.”

    School Library Journal

  • “A rollicking, record-breaking romp, running rife with riotous ribaldry! And featuring even more r’s than this quote!”

    Robert Paul Weston, award-winning author of Zorgamazoo and The Creature Department

  • “This inspired tale has an equally as inspired narrator at the helm, and the result is a wonderful listening experience that offers plenty of fun for both young and old. Narrator Crossley delivers a tour de force performance that captures the otherworldly quality of Ward’s novel. Crossley nails the book’s odd characters and lends them each distinctive voices. One of the most fun listening experiences of the year.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

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About the Author

Matthew Ward was crowned back-to-back School Spelling-Bee Champion in the third and fourth grades, his childhood passed with little international distinction. He went on to attend the University of Southern California, where he studied graphic design and cinema, then fittingly became the art director for a cinematography magazine. In 2006, he was named the World’s First TiVo Ambassador.

About the Narrator

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.