by Robert L Perrine
When a mysterious book appears on the coffee table of Maggy and Ethan’s house, they have no idea of the adventure in store for them. They discover a magical bookshop and its wildly eccentric proprietor, Mr. Catterwall, as well as his geriatric kitty, Achebe. But when the children are pulled into one of the books, they find themselves at the mercy of the Junglest and its many residents. The Junglest is a beautiful place where stories grow on trees. But Maggy and Ethan aren’t the first to ever visit this magical land. The Pharess has come before them, and she has plans for a story all her own. So come in reader. Come in. Pull up a nice place under a blue tree, and enjoy the story. But fair warning: Not all stories are safe. Here there be Bearguars.
Robert’s writing is absolutely delightful, it’s clear and easy to follow. His descriptive powers are well developed. POV is clear, action is abundant, and dialog is very appropriate. There is very little head hopping, which I appreciate greatly.
This story is filled with love, beauty, and wonder which most middle-grade kids will love. There are a few tense moments but nothing too overwhelming. For younger kids this story should be read to them. This could become a favorite of many generations and almost all ages.
The bookshop and Junglest gets 4.9 stars, the score would have been higher except for the handful of spelling errors I found.
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