The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck

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Things are not as they should be in Pennywhistle. Enchanted toasters are not toasting, enchanted sprinklers are not sprinkling and Hobart Hucklebuck's origami messenger birds are suddenly attacking him. Someone seems to be draining the power from all of the enchanted items in the village. But who could it be and why have they implicated Hobart's grandfather? "The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck" follows Hobart and his friends, Specks Spacklethack and Rosie Rumpleskirt, as they try to solve this mystery and ...
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Things are not as they should be in Pennywhistle. Enchanted toasters are not toasting, enchanted sprinklers are not sprinkling and Hobart Hucklebuck's origami messenger birds are suddenly attacking him. Someone seems to be draining the power from all of the enchanted items in the village. But who could it be and why have they implicated Hobart's grandfather? "The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck" follows Hobart and his friends, Specks Spacklethack and Rosie Rumpleskirt, as they try to solve this mystery and free Hobart's grandfather from the Tower of Tribulation on Mumblemonk Mountain. The trio's investigation into the mysterious happenings on Druid Lane gets them into hot water more than once and ultimately brings them dangerously close to disaster not only for themselves, but the entire village of Pennywhistle.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780978792534
  • Publisher: Stony Meadow Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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  • Posted September 20, 2014

    "The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck" is a whimsica

    "The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck" is a whimsical, light-hearted fantasy about a world where magic is a part of everyday life.

    Hobart, at ten years old, is a likeable creation; he's a little awkward, oddly terrified of cats, and has two best friends he adores; he also is the butt of teasing from one of his crueler peers and has a powerful, respected grandfather who serves as his mentor. Younger readers will identify with him and root for him to succeed in solving the mystery of the missing magic, and they'll be drawn in both by the playful alliteration and the suspense of the story.

    The author takes the time to introduce the world fully, which draws you into it. The halfling Quo, the apparition Tumbletoes, and Flora the housekeeper were highlights for me, though I also enjoyed Hobart's relationship with his grandfather; there is a lot of love and warmth there that adds an emotional heart to the book.

    Other readers have mentioned a Harry Potter feel to the books, and I guess I can see that comparison, but this book has a more madcap feel to it--it's a little sillier and a lot of fun (especially the alliteration).

    I would recommend "The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck" primarily to younger readers who would enjoy an exciting but still wholesome fantasy set in a creative, inventive world, but readers of all ages who like fantasy can find something to enjoy in this book.

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