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Archer and Zowie

Narrated by: Martin Reeve
Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
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Summary

A middle-grade sci-fi book about Archer and Zowie: Two best friends who, after some inventing in the kitchen using a permanent marker and a little anti-matter, are surprised to find that the microwave oven can now:

  • Mash up and chew on the whole universe in less than a second.
  • Order sandwiches.
  • Wants to kill them.

Archer and Zowie is a science fiction adventure taking two best (but very opposite) friends on a wild journey through space in their homemade spaceship. They battle dark matter, babysitters, teleporting microwaves, giant penguin aliens, and even the author of this book to come out on the other side...still friends.

The right friends can free us to be ourselves.

The author of The Fallacy Detective has written again. This time, he tackles friendship and self-esteem for kids using his comedy-of-the-absurd humor.

Children and preteens will learn:

  • Astronomy, geography, physics, and other bits of science.
  • Vocabulary to feed the imagination.
  • Friendship. Being friends with somebody who sees the world differently is hard, but rewarding.
  • Self-esteem and identity. Learning to see yourself and like who you are. 

Archer and Zowie has the character of Beverly Cleary's Romona Quimby, with the wild imagination of Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

Other inspirations were Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes, Madeleine L' Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, and C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia.

©2018 Hans Witness Bluedorn (P)2019 Hans Witness Bluedorn

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Fantastic Book!

Archer and Zowie is a great book about the troubles of friendship and how you should always try to forgive people. This book teaches you some of life lessons so if you are looking for a book for kids, definitely include this one. It is set in 3 major settings: home , a magic spaceship treehouse and an alien planet so there is plenty of description to spark your imagination.

Danny - aged 9

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  • CuteAsADaisy
  • 09-09-19

Fun for the whole family

Oh my goodness, this book was so much fun to listen to! It grabs your attention and even made us laugh throughout the book. My kids from 10-14yrs loved it and I was completely entertained as well. The narration was incredible, we loved his accent and acting!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • A. Eich
  • 11-08-19

Engaging fun!

My 9 year old daughter loves this audio book! We also have the kindle version. Very entertaining "thinking" fun book. We have listened and read over and over. The characters have given many giggles & are memorable. We hope the author turns it into a series.

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  • Bill C
  • 02-08-19

Well done!

Creative, interesting, and entertaining, yet with a lesson on friendship that we all need to learn again and again, I’d recommend this book! I’m still contemplating what was ‘really’ happening as these two played their game and what the backyard looked like that they were playing in, ha! This book is original and fun and, yet, had us on the edge of our seats to see how it would end. The narrator did an excellent job. Well done!

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  • Sethite
  • 08-07-19

Exciting adventure for the whole family!

This book was so much fun to listen to!
It is well written, full of unexpected twists and turns and included loveable characters! My husband and I along with our children ranging in age from 20 to almost 11 laughed throughout the entire book! I have a feeling we’ll be listening to this one again.

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  • Megan H. Volmer
  • 18-06-19

It was AWESOME!


"It was AWESOME. " according to my 9 year old son who listened with my 7 yo daughter while I was helping my older kids with school. I gave them my kindle and sent them to listen - and they listened to the whole thing!! They loved it and are chattering about teleportees, penguin aliens and of course Archer and Zowie. They are both talking at once telling me their favorite parts. Can't wait to listen to it with them this summer.

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  • Willow Creek Ma
  • 05-06-19

Lots of laughs from my kids.

My 7 and 11 year olds thought this was a great story. It held their attention and made them laugh often. It was just right for those ages.

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  • Carolyn
  • 02-06-19

loved reading this fun, imaginative book!

This is a fantastic and fun book great for creative minds. The characters exemplify two different kinds of people working together to overcome problems. Highly recommend!

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  • Tony Lewis
  • 21-05-19

Fantastic story!

It was amazing! We could not stop listening to it. It was well written, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a fun story of friendship. I would definitely recommend it to others.

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  • jstep
  • 23-07-19

Fun intergalactic listen for pre-teens to adults!

Archer and Zowie by Hans Bluedorn is, simply put, a super fun, entertaining story targeted for the pre-teen to early teen ages, though I'd venture to say that everyone in the family will enjoy it. Archer and Zowie go on a crazy fun filled intergalactic adventure from the comfort of the backyard. They meet all sorts of characters along the way including my personal favorite, Patina, who is all about finding food. While making sure their babysitter Marcy is busy and sidetracked back on Earth, the kids take their spaceship, along with their blasters and teleportee along for a wild ride. I really enjoyed the use of Archer and Zowie's imagination to go on their grand adventure and loved the educational aspects that were in the story as well. I didn't feel that the educational aspects were forced or reiterated too much, as another reviewer had mentioned. I'd definitely recommend this and can't wait for my son to listen to this!

Martin Reeve did a fabulous job narrating Archer and Zowie. The different voices that he used for Archer, Zowie and the various creatures that they encounter, as well as fun sound effects, really brought the story to life. Really top notch. Though if you don't enjoy British narrators, you may want to listen to a sample before you purchase. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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  • JK Shue
  • 20-06-19

From a 12-year-old's point of view...

Do you enjoy funny and unpredictable books? If so, the book Archer and Zowie is for you! Archer and Zowie are two kids who take off on an imaginary adventure where they accidentally get stranded on a unknown planet. They face many difficulties and dangers -- especially when "the Hans" waits in ambush for them. Will they escape? Will they ever make it home? You'll want to read this exciting book to find out.

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