From School Library Journal
Grade 4–7—This installment finds the eccentric characters still in flight. Princess Purnah continues to be pursued by sinister men intent on returning her to St. Grimelda's School for Young Ladies. Minions of the Collector, a spidery, creepy villain who collects scientists, are now pursuing Emmaline, a 14-year-old budding aviatrix, and Rubberbones, an indestructible boy. On the advice of Sherlock Holmes, Aunt Lucy decides to take the crew on "holiday" to Urrgghh, a cold and damp island off the Scottish coast where lunatic inventors and their lunatic inventions reside. The book follows their misadventures as they attempt to get to Urrgghh. Nothing goes as planned—not even close, but, with the help of a kilt-clad automaton, a surly parrot, and even Queen Victoria, the six manage to elude inebriated pirates, thieves, and other nefarious thugs. The book's wit and humor, often black and tongue-in-cheek, are perfectly captured in Slavin's intricate pen-and-ink drawings. Purnah's cluelessness about the English language and customs, along with her bloodthirsty upbringing, makes for some laugh-out-loud scenes. A wacky, implausible romp for readers who enjoyed the first two installments and who like rapid-fire plots and zany characters.—Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
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A wacky, implausible romp for readers who enjoyed the first two installments and who like rapid-fire plots and zany characters.
Rollicking, raucous, madcap, crazy fun best describes this conclusion of the Mad Adventures of Emmaline and Rubberbones ... With Slavin’s fabulous pen-and-ink lines to complement the action, this title is pure unadulterated fun; readers will mourn the end of the trilogy.