The author’s exuberance shines, too, in the great sense of fun throughout the novel. The author had fun with this project from start to finish: even the editing stage didn’t get him down. He was always first to meet every deadline, and finished early enough to put together a book trailer using iMovie.
One of the ways he has fun with this series is to write himself into it: the author is a character in his own book. All the characters in the Awesome Monster Truck world are vehicles (except for the Sky Giant Pacific Octopuses), and the author portrays his whole family as different kinds of cars: mom is a Mustang, dad is a Subaru, the older sister is a Corvette, and the author himself is a Volkswagen Beetle.
So this sort of “fourth-wall” dialogue is to be expected:
“AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!” screamed Jake as he passed by.
“Ow, that hurt my ears,” said Randy.
“Hey, maybe that car was doing all the screaming. Let’s go! Hey Randy, coming?” asked Dave.
“No, Dave, I need to protect Britten,” said Randy.
“Wait, Britten?” asked Dave.
“Yeah he was invited to Monsterville’s Christmas—”
“What? Christmas what?” interrupted Dave.
“Christmas race,” answered Randy. “Now if one more interruption happens, we’re gonna end this book,” said Randy.
“We are in a book?” asked Dave.
“This is supposed to be an eleven-chapter book,” said Randy. “It is the second book in the series called Awesome Monster Trucks,” said Randy.
Here’s another exuberant example. Note the all-caps, exclamation marks, and abbreviations used by characters who are too stressed out to form complete words:
When a third earthquake happened Stiles and Adam got frightened and drove away. Joseph followed.
“RUUUNNNN!!!!!!!!” shouted Stiles.
That’s when a black Stingray Corvette showed up. “What is going on here?” asked the Corvette, whose name was Jake.
“OAE!!!” said the crazy old car. OAE meant octopuses and earthquakes.
“What is that supposed to mean?” asked Jake.
Just then Jake noticed something creepy behind him. He turned around with a frightened jump. “AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!” he screamed as he drove away.
“OOWWW! That hurt my ears!!!” shouted Adam.
I think I’ve made my point. This novel is great fun from the kidnap at the beginning to the all’s-well-that-ends-well finish. I really wouldn’t be surprised to someday see this comedy/action series on Cartoon Network!