The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones: Tom Fletcher Book Club Title 2018

Will Mabbitt

The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones: Tom Fletcher Book Club Title 2018
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Penguin Random House Children's UK
Country
United Kingdom
Published
27 May 2015
Pages
304
ISBN
9780141355146

The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones: Tom Fletcher Book Club Title 2018

Will Mabbitt

Then the unlikely adventures of Mabel Jones are almost certainly too exciting, thrilling and terrifying for you. Put this book down at once!

The first book by brilliant new comic author, Will Mabbitt, shortlisted for the Branford Boase award 2016. When Mabel Jones unknowingly commits ‘The Deed’ she finds herself swiftly bundled into a sack and carried off to the pirate ship the Feroshus Maggot.
Crewed by the strangest bunch of pirates you would ever want to meet and captained by the dreaded Idryss Ebeneezer Split (a wolf with a false leg carved from a human thighbone, a rusty cutlass sheathed in his belt and a loaded pistol tucked in his pants with no fear of the consequences), the Feroshus Maggot whisks Mabel Jones off on the adventure of a lifetime. %%%The first book by brilliant new comic author, Will Mabbitt.

When Mabel Jones unknowingly commits ‘The Deed’ she finds herself swiftly bundled into a sack and carried off to the pirate ship the Feroshus Maggot.

Crewed by the strangest bunch of pirates you would ever want to meet and captained by the dreaded Idryss Ebeneezer Split (a wolf with a false leg carved from a human thighbone, a rusty cutlass sheathed in his belt and a loaded pistol tucked in his pants with no fear of the consequences), the Feroshus Maggot whisks Mabel Jones off on the adventure of a lifetime. %%%The first book by brilliant new comic author, Will Mabbitt.
When Mabel Jones unknowingly commits ‘The Deed’ she finds herself swiftly bundled into a sack and carried off to the pirate ship the Feroshus Maggot.
Crewed by the strangest bunch of pirates you would ever want to meet and captained by the dreaded Idryss Ebeneezer Split (a wolf with a false leg carved from a human thighbone, a rusty cutlass sheathed in his belt and a loaded pistol tucked in his pants with no fear of the consequences), the Feroshus Maggot whisks Mabel Jones off on the adventure of a lifetime.

Review

Fond memories of reading Andy Stanton’s inventive and hysterically daft Mr Gum series as a family were brought to mind from the very beginning of this pirate adventure, which hurtles along at breakneck speed and manages to pack in a great deal of plot. Our hero Mabel Jones takes her kidnapping by a motley crew of anthropomorphic animal pirates in her stride. Though the captain never warms to her, being far too consumed by his mission to collect all the pieces of a mysterious broken X (which marks an ingenious spot, in this case), the rest of the team admire Mabel’s qualities, especially her ability to read, her bravery and her kindness. That she also picks her nose makes her an even better feminist role model (yes, girls are gross too).

This is no run-of-the-mill pirate mission, and the place where Mabel has been taken is gradually revealed to be a lot further away from home than she first thought. Highlights include the superbly named and vengeful loris Omynus Hussh, lively illustrations of all the inventive animal characters, a brilliantly disguised little boy who shows up at an opportune moment just when the plot is at its thickest, and of course the pirate-speak, which never fails to amuse. For confident readers over 8 or a fun family read.


Emily Gale

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