I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
This is the second book in the Ahoy series. I absolutely LOVED it!
I usually do character breakdowns in my reviews, but I have a little trouble doing this for the main character, who narrates this story in the style of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, as she actually didn't have a name and is only known as The Narrator. However, we join Sir O Yuri Wiseguy-eh and well known Pukelitzer prize winning journalist, I.B. Nosy on another zany adventure, this time to locate and rescue silliness and imagination, who have been kidnapped.
This story has a fantastical plot, which kept me hooked from beginning to end. There are several references and play on words that would go over a child's head, but adults would pick them up with ease. This is a story full of adventure that is so nonsensical and humourous, I found myself highly entertained.
There are some old faces that appear in this adventure. There's Moose, the chocolate loving plantation worker; Heathcliff, a possum who happens to be a fantastic detective and Speck and Spang, two eagle-eyed vultures. The reader is also introduced to some brand new characters, ranging from two widowed spiders (and an unwed sister) to a singing slug called Sal. I must admit that my new favourite character has got to be Spit, a small purple snake with the largest set of eyelashes known to adorn a snake. I also love Mrs. Cupboard. She's scary, I certainly wouldn't want to get on her bad side! This story has a mix of nursery rhyme and fairytale characters, some are recognizable, but others not so much. However, this didn't stop me from enjoying the tale. I did feel that the Techno-Monster could have been a little more challenging for the Gum Drop crew, but all in all, it was a fantastic read! I am now looking forward to getting this book in audio format, because I loved Owen McCuen's narration of the first book, Ahoy Gum Drop!
I am not sure what age range this book is aimed at, but I sat with a smile on my face for most of the story. This story, however, would be ideal for children to listen to at bedtime.
Miss Mae has written a wonderfully imaginative story that will enchant adults and children alike. I love her writing style, which is fast paced enough to keep even the most fidgety youngster enthralled, and the flow was wonderful. I am a huge fan of Miss Mae and I will be keeping an eye out for more of her books in the future.
I highly recommend this book to children aged 5 upwards and to adults looking for a quick, light read. - Lynn Worton
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)