A delightfully dark middle-grade novel reminiscent of the Newbery-winning classic, The Westing Game.
Think of a wish. Go big with it. A winning lottery ticket. Eternal happiness. School vacation for a year. Now, answer this question: If you know this wish will come true, would you still make it if you knew someone else would somehow have to pay for it?
That's the catch thirteen-year-old Gabe Silver faces when a mysterious millionaire sells him a bottle containing a wish-granting imp. Any time Gabe makes a wish, someone else, somewhere, is going to lose something--maybe something big. That means each of Gabe's wishes should be an ethical dilemma--but as he scores a Ferrari, a hot tub, and all the pizza and sub sandwiches a kid could want, he's certain a guilty conscience is worth it...isn't it?
This thought-provoking book, inspired by a Robert Louis Stevenson novella, is pithy, dark, and very, very funny. It has an endearing, wacked-out cast of characters brought to life by illustrator Gris Grimly, whose cover art will be embossed to highlight the depth and detail of the art.
About the Author
Tom Llewellyn is a writer, marketer, father, and letterpress poster artist in his hometown of Tacoma, Washington, where The Bottle Imp of Bright House is set. If he were offered a bottle imp, he'd turn it down. So many of his wishes have already come true that he doesn't want to push his luck.
Gris Grimly has been drawing since he was old enough to hold a pencil. Since then, his elegant, haunting, and critically acclaimed art has graced more than two dozen books including The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman, a clothing line for a national retailer, and more. Gris lives with his family in California, where he is wary about deals that involve insidious little imps.
"Gather your Dahl and Snicket fans . . . Llewellyn writes with an edge and with heart, and Grimly’s loose ink-and-watercolor illustrations have a whimsical creepiness that matches the tone perfectly."—Booklist
"Exciting and irresistible, this effort casts a spell."—Kirkus Reviews
"Fans of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach or Louis Sachar’s Sideways Stories From Wayside School will appreciate Llewellyn’s morbid sense of humor."—School Library Journal