Pinocchio can't believe the Moonlit Court is his home! With royal banquets, a regal wardrobe, and a whole new set of rules, Pinocchio has a lot to adjust to in his new life as prester alongside Princess Lazuli.
But before they can get comfortable in their thrones, a fancy dinner at the palace is interrupted by an unwelcome guest-a monster! And this isn't just any monster; it's a manticore, a beast that was imprisoned centuries earlier. Desperate to locate the prison and make sure none of its other monsters were able to escape, Lazuli, Pinocchio, and their Celestial Brigade set out to save Abaton from these ancient beings.
Their journey requires intelligence, strength, and a dash of the magic only presters control. But when Pinocchio tries to use his powers, they have an unintended effect: he is turning back into a wooden automa. And if he's not careful, he may lose his human form forever.
The second book in the Out of Abaton series continues John Claude Bemis's reimagining of Pinocchio in an action-packed adventure that celebrates friendship, tolerance, and the power of being yourself.
Praise for The Wooden Prince
"Wow! John Claude Bemis hides new magic in old stories."
-Tom Angleberger, New York Times best-selling author of the Origami Yoda series
About the Author
John Claude Bemis is an award-winning author, musician, and educator. His novels include The Prince Who Fell from the Sky and the Clockwork Dark trilogy. He is also the author of the first book in the Out of Abaton series, The Wooden Prince. John was chosen as North Carolina's Piedmont Laureate for Children's Literature. He lives with his wife and daughter in Hillsborough, NC. Visit him online at johnclaudebemis.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the second book in the Out of Abaton series. I really enjoyed the first book, The Wooden Prince, but I think this one is quite spectacular. Those who read THE WOODEN PRINCE will remember that it ends with Pinocchio transforming into a real boy. In the LORD of MONSTERS, Pinocchio must learn to adapt to being human at the same time as he’s figuring out his new responsibilities as a ruler (prester) of Abaton, along with his friend Lazuli, daughter of the former leader of Abaton, Prester John. Two things set this story apart. The incredibly imaginative cast of characters and plot devices are unparalleled. Also, themes of inclusion and tolerance are crucial to the climax. For me, this is an easy two thumbs up!