The Complete Slightly Abridged Journals of Thaddeaus Shockpocket
Humorous misadventures of a titch eccentric explorer/inventor and his family.
Henry L Walton
Action and Adventure, Children's Books, Humor Fiction, Science Fiction, Fiction
November 1, 2022
An attention-deficit turn-of-the-century English inventor and explorer invents unique devices of questionable value and stumbles upon amazing discoveries with the help of his precocious twelve year old daughter Tweak, reclusive teenage son Sherlock, inquisitive wife Katherine, and their sign language speaking, bagpipe playing chimpanzee Nana.
While fellow scientists say that Thaddeaus is scatterbrained and his inventions frivolous, and in spite of many of his creations going hilariously wrong, the Shockpocket family not only survives, but thrives, while marching to the beat of their own unique drummer.
After all, who’s to say we don’t need bacon scented dog soap, odor altering undergarments, natural mosquito repellent that smells like camel breath with undertones of rosewater, or even the chemo-electric-plasma-elephant-shrinky-ray-gun.
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Turn of the century English inventor and explorer Thaddeaus Shockpocket is having another bad day. It seems like only yesterday his ten-year-old son Sherlock was carried off into the Brazil jungle by local natives after Thaddeaus accidentally presented the boy as a gift to the village chief. And now it is happening again. He stands helplessly watching as his wife Katherine disappears into the sky in the family airship ALBION 77 after he accidentally pumped too much helium into the balloon.
Another Shockpocket is lost in the pursuit of science and one thought bursts into Thaddeaus’ head, pushing out all others as he watches the pinpoint balloon vanish into the distance. ‘It’s four o’clock. I hope Tweak put the kettle on. I need a nice cup of tea.’
And then a second thought. ‘We really must find Sherlock.”
And then a third. ‘I hope Katherine lands. Soon. And somewhere nice. What an adventure she will have, if only she doesn’t crash first.’
The Complete Slightly Abridged Journals of Thaddeaus Shockpocket follows the misadventures of the eccentric Shockpocket family as they explore the world and create inventions of dubious value. In a world where mainstream scientists label the Shockpockets as being a tich off-kilter, they not only survive, but thrive. And who’s to say we don’t need bacon scented dog soap, odor altering undergarments, nuisance animal relocation catapults, natural bug repellent that smells like camel vomit (very effective), or even elephant- shrinky-ray-guns.