Here's what readers and critics are saying about Cliffor Leigh's new novel "The Wordsmith, the Kid & the Electrolux":

5.0 out of 5 stars"It is an outstanding read. Leigh massages the right side of the brain: he makes you use and exercise your Christian imagination. You can't just read it and set it down. If you read it deeply, the images and stories will stick in your head after you set it down. And the images and stories are ones that are helpful for a Christian's walk. If you read the book rightly, it will grow your imagination in a godly way, very much like Lewis and Tolkien.
Preachers of sermons and hearers of sermons need to read books like this! It reminds us that the Christian faith is not a bunch of flat propositional statements, but a dramatic 3-D story of sin, salvation, and service.
"-Pastor Shane Lems, The Reformed Reader

5.0 out of 5 stars"Cliff Leigh has written a rollicking roller coaster of a book with quirky characters, tongue-in-cheek conversation and throughout profound truths that come from "the mouths of babes." I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to be entertained while being brought up short by glimpses of his/her own sinful self and shortcomings. A joyous adventure that you won't soon forget!" -Alison Pickrell,

5.0 out of 5 stars " A finely written piece of fantasy, "The Wordsmith, the Kid, and the Electrolux" is highly recommended for community library young adult fiction collections." -Midwest Book Review

5stars"I highly recommend this book for teenagers, young adults, and adults...Once I started reading it, I was gripped by the story and could not put it down... Excellently written!!"
-Darrin Conlon , review

5.0 out of 5 stars"
The surreal descriptions are apparently intended to appeal to the post-modernist mindset so characteristic of the masses today, but the allegorical implications are clear and portray a biting satire on today's anti-God pop culture." -Wayne S. Walker, Stories for Children Magazine, HomeSchoolBuzz

"Suffice to say that it has all of the strangeness of a story like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and even Pilgrim's Progress. It also teaches its lesson in the same subtle but fantastic method, with the same kind of melancholy feel through out much of the book.It is... an excellent book (just as Pilgrim's Progress, and Hinds Feet In High Places) for the believer who wants to really GET Jesus' sacrifice, and why we need it so much." - WordVixen,

"If you think the title sounds like randomly chosen words and build a story around them you have only begun to scratch the surface of this incredible work...everyone should take a jouney as fantastic and wild as THE WORDSMITH, THE KID, AND THE ELECTROLUX" - David Brollier, CFRB Book Tour, January 2010 read more

"I never recommend a book or give a good review unless I honestly mean it. And I heartily recommend  The Wordsmith, the Kid and the Electrolux. In fact, I am going to give away a copy on my own dime." - Cathi Hassan, CFRB read more

Hear Cliff discuss "The Wordsmith, the Kid, and the Electrolux" on Chris Arnzen's radio program "Iron Sharpens Iron"



Cover and spot illustrations, plus exerpts from "The Wordsmith, the Kid, and the Electrolux" a novel by Clifford Leigh to be published by OakTara in 2008.

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  Mechanical Mouth   Worrell K Reisen
"The cat—well, you know—was like a cat. He lay like a tiger with his green eyes surveying the bustle of the day, moving at impulses known only to him."
"Perhaps I could be fitted with an atomic-powered mandible motor that perpetually chews and swallows without me even being awake! Churning gears and pumping pistons, never needing rest, never needing maintenance—I’d be an eternal, nocturnal eating machine, getting what I wanted, when I wanted, even in my sleep!"
"He was a vast basilica of a man, whose imposing girth was accentuated by the crisp, white, double-breasted lab coat he wore. Its stark whiteness was offset by a silken, burgundy ascot flourishing beneath his ample neck, and a coordinated kerchief spilling from his chest pocket. Atop his head regally sat a stiff, royal blue bonnet of some kind, trimmed with gold and lace."
  Electrolux Four   LLo
"Then, as if to nod with assurance, the Electrolux, like the head of a majestic elephant, reared entirely off the floor, moved swiftly toward me, rotating completely in mid-air! I had no time to be afraid, no place to escape to, that is, if I had a mind to. And, like an elephant, it seemed benign. Kids tend to think of elephants as large stuffed animals, not the massive, powerful, and often deadly creatures that they can be."
Ben Endben?!” I said.
“Yes, Ben Endben. What of it?” he puzzled defensively.
“Well, it’s just kind of funny—I mean—Ben and Benjamin Endben. Not very imaginative, on your parent’s part. And it’s kind of a tongue-twister,” I said, feeling a little superior.
“Yeah, and it sort of goes on forever—” said Henry. “I mean like:
Benand- BenjaminEndbenandBenjaminandBen...”
“Yes, it does, doesn’t it,” Benjamin added. “It’s hard to tell where he begins, and I leave off.”
"Now, if you’ve been confused up to this point with my description of giant “L’s” and “C’s,” then what I am about to explain should really push you over the edge. For when I looked around the corner I was astonished to see that the beautiful valley continued behind the wall as far as the eye could see, not the parched plain as I expected."
RamLo   WepLo  
OK Stroika
"With the flick of his wrist, the baton extended at both ends into a formidable javelin, and with great force he hurled it in a slight arc toward his target."
"His name was Doyle Wepner, and he was formidable, not exceptionably  large, mind you, but swift, agile, and possessing big, sweaty hands—ideal for catching balls. He also possessed uncommonly good aim, and a compact sidearm way of hurling the ball that started low and rose as it went. This deceived his opponents into thinking the incoming ball was too low to strike the target-vest, then it would rapidly rise, and they would fall."
"He wore a tall, cylindrical, silver helmet over his entire head. It had neither eye, nor mouth openings, but a pattern of small perforations on the face. His long, dark blue tunic was bound at the waist by a thick, studded belt, on which hung an array of weaponry: a long broadsword, a pistol, and an assortment of small grenades and knives. Across his back was slung a great, black gun. On his feet he wore heavy leather boots plated with silver."
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