Elliot is such a likeable character and his family is so quirky you almost wonder how they fit together (I think we all feel like that sometimes)...but like all families, they do and quite well. His younger brothers seem to be off in their own world at times but are a source of unexpected brilliance when needed. His grandfather who has a penchant for stealing things (not maliciously…just at random) also has a heart of gold all his own and revealed in time. His sister’s cooking leaves much to be desired but she tries and the effort is full of love. His mother and father round out this little bunch and I must say, their outlook on life is…well, rather odd and yet refreshing all at once. There’s a apart where their…wait, no, can’t say that….okay, where something blows up and they are all like…no worries, we still have each other. (See? A tinge disturbing because I mean HELLO, something blew up…but at the same time heart warming.)
On the other end of the spectrum, we have the Goblins in all their green, bubbly glory seeking to rule the Underworld yet afraid of a little bath (you’ll see). The Brownies who much prefer peace would rather not fight (to the point they just stand there and get gobbled up) and much prefer a great big glass of turnip juice if you please. If you really want to punish either group, give them un-frosted chocolate cake EVERY DAY without milk….that ought to do the trick. Moving on to the storyline…
Imaginative, creative, whimsical, and any other word you could scrounge out of the thesaurus meaning something akin to these. The author's engaging writing style not only keeps us up to date on what's happening in our world versus the Underworld, but it draws readers right in by talking directly to them...er, us. It’s a little bit of Series of Unfortunate Events (without the so unfortunate parts) with a good shake of Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist (without an Aunt Phil or helpful gremlin) for good measure with a storyline all its own. In short, a great adventure for readers of all ages and one I will certainly be watching for the next installment’s release.
Until next time…happy reading!