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The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia (Encyclopedia): Inhabitants, Lore, Spells, and Ancient Crypt Warnings of the Land of Ooo Circa 19.56 B.G.E. - 501 A.G.E. Hardcover – July 22, 2013
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The book's sections are as follows:
-- Detailed bio pages on Finn, Jake, PB, Marceline, Ice King, Lady Rainicorn, and LSP.
-- A-to-Z mini bios on recurring / minor characters
-- A mini glossary on Wizards
-- A mini glossary on Princesses
-- Ice King's fanfiction (made to look as though drawn and written by Ice King himself)
-- An instruction manual for BMO
-- PB's Travel Guide to the Candy Kingdom and Beyond
-- Marceline's Travel Blog for Demon Backpackers
-- Excerpts from The Enchiridion
-- Abadeer's Novelty Spells and Cures
-- Rather creepy end pages which I will leave you to discover for yourself, but let this be a warning that it may not be appropriate for young children.
Now as much as I enjoy the consistent writing style and voice throughout, there are some missing characters whose absences I can't really understand, particularly when Abadeer really has no business knowing a few of the characters that /were/ included in the book. Granted, I understand that not every single character can be included, but I can't really make a case for every character that was included in the book either.
Off the top of my head, here are a few notable characters missing from the A-to-Z mini bios:
-- Flame Princess (I would just like to point out that she only "appears" twice: First in Finn's bio pages when she's described as his "rebound fixation," and second in PB's guide to the Fire Kingdom when she's described as the Flame King's "very hip teenage daughter." That's it. Nothing else about her.)
-- Gumball Guardian
-- Cosmic Owl
-- Pillow People
-- Island Lady
-- Psychic War Elephant
-- Bounce House Princess
-- Lady Rainicorn's parents (as a preemptive note to the angry commenter, Jake's and LSP's parents are included.)
-- Sleeping Magi
-- probably several others.
In short, I still very much enjoyed Abadeer's humor in this book and, while I don't really understand how some characters were included over others, I would recommend this as a gift to anyone who enjoys Adventure Time, provided they understand that they won't really receive any "behind the scenes info," as one reviewer has criticized. Read the book description before you decided whether you would like to purchase the book; it'll save you a world of imagined disappointment.
In this book, you'll find interesting biographies of a wide number of characters as well as a few things you may not know about them, too. Other things include special trading cards drawn by Ice King, an instruction manual for BMO, and intricate travel guides of all the places in the enchanted Land of Ooo among other bizarre stuff. And throughout these pages, you'll find notes and other scribbles courtesy of Finn, Jake, and Marceline, too, which make an interesting commentary of sorts.
But don't get me wrong on this, but it seems that the Lord of All Evil knows a lot about things and beyond and makes him feel much smarter than you, too. Well, some facts are more revealing than others and you'd be better off not knowing some anyway. But, either way, I hope you can find more surprising secrets as long as you keep watching this phenomenal series on Cartoon Network.
I think I would have much preferred the book be written by a scholar/historian living in Ooo. At times Abadeer's personal point of view gets boring and repetitive. This is especially evident in the A-Z mini-bio section where some characters are described simply by how useless Abadeer thinks they are and not giving any useful info about them. Also, his choice of vocabulary will have many kids frequently running to their parents to find out what his words mean. That can also be a plus for teaching new words, though.
The sections I enjoyed most were the ones not written by Abadeer or sections where he isn't talking about the characters. BMO's manual is weird, but just the right amount. Ice King's hand drawn fan fiction and character cards are spot on. Abadeer's Novelty Spells and Curses is reminiscent of the ads you'd find in old comic books. Also, having Finn, Jake and Marceline's comments in the margins is pretty funny.
The truth is, if you're an AT fan you've probably already bought this book. While I would have liked a more comprehensive guide book to Ooo with more detail, I think this book would be especially great for kids (as long as you don't mind helping them with the ten cent words) and fans that came to the show later who might not know as much about the setting.