For eleven-year-old Arthur Whipple, life is anything but superlative. In a family of multiple world record holders, Arthur stands out because he has not achieved a single world record. Not that Arthur doesn’t give it his all trying, and failing, miserably (as his father points out). But when a pair of unusual clowns at the family’s annual birthday extravaganza (yes, everyone but Arthur shares the same birth day, March 1) appear to be up to mischief, and the family chef, Sammy the Spatula is wrongly accused of causing reckless chaos, it’s up to Arthur, and his new friend, Ruby, to make sure justice is indeed served.
400 pages Ages 8-12
Recommended by: Alice Cyphers, Librarian, Pennsylvania USA
"Most crème brulee 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 Whipple’s twelve brothers and sisters. Unfortunately, unlike his siblings, Arthur hasn’t broken a single solitary world record! But when the Whipples suffer a run of curious catastrophes, Arthur might be the only one who can save his family. (from the cover)"