Since my four-year old has begun taking up CYOA books as if they were a life-sustaining element, I have become well-accustomed to their quaint mediocrity and rather bizarre and unbelievable storylines. Many, I even appreciate - for what they are: An introduction to science fiction concepts in an easily-digestible form.
The Enchanted Attic, however, has plumbed the depths of mediocity to attain a level of suckiness with positively no redeeming value.
The story begins with a main character - presumably yourself - who is immediately unlikable. After you, the main character, whine and carry on for a bit, your grandparents suggest you excuse yourself to the attic, where they surely realize that there is, stashed in a trunk, a book which will transport you to another time. Maybe they're trying to teach you a lesson in humility, but no doubt they realize that all the other interesting artifacts in the attic will be passed up because you're a dull, whiny, bratty, no-good kid.
What ensues defies the whole premise of Choose Your Own Adventure books: Choice. You don't get to make any choices for the first few pages (and mind you, these younger versions are short - and demand more frequent choice), and you're lucky to make more than another choice or two before you arrive at your predestined ending. I don't actually know how many endings this book contains, but I would guess it couldn't be more than six or seven - if that -each more boring than the next.
Along the way, you'll get to insult and be insulted in ways that are particularly amusing and will be repeated ad nauseum by the four year old reading audience at inappropriate social junctures.
I shoved this one far, far under the sofa. Someday I'll retrieve it and return it to the garbage heap from which it originated, when young eyes aren't around to observe. But you could save yourself that trouble and just avoid it in the first place.
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