Thursday, February 28, 2013

Picture Book Thursday

MUMFIE'S QUEST: THE BEGINNING OF THINGS by Britt Allcroft (BRITT ALLCROFT'S MAGIC ADVENTURES OF MUMFIE: BOOK ONE): I read this to my six-year-old daughter and we were both perplexed. Her assessment: "That was weird, and it stopped in the middle of the story." That about sums it up, but I'll add that it seemed an odd mishmash of THE WIZARD OF OZ and ALICE IN WONDERLAND, and Mumfie looks exactly like Dumbo. The premise is fine, with Mumfie coming across a scarecrow and taking him along on an adventure. The two meet up with other animals, helping when needed, until they end up trapped on an island. That's it. It ends with them trapped on the island, with no resolution at all. Apparently, we're supposed to pick up the next book for more of the story. I'm accustomed to series fiction, but each entry needs to be self-contained, and that was not the case here.

Source disclosure: I received an e-galley of this title from the publisher.

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