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... that doing a humorously insane narrator is harder than it looks. The main character of this novel is a brilliantly kooky narrator, perhaps someone from the Underworld, where goblins, elves, and brownies live. From the start, the dear reader is warned in strongest terms to put down the book and run away from it. Few have the fortitude to survive its dreadful pages.
Undiscouraged, I read on. Elliot is an awkward, young, bullied boy from a poor family. But he does save a girl who happens to be a brownie, and winds up becoming the King of the Brownies a few years later. Unfortunately, the Brownies are in a war with the Goblins, and aren't faring well.
Interspersed with the already delightful story are all manner of insane pieces of advice, such as how to make the turnip juice that everyone loves (boil turnips, dump them on the kitchen floor, and collect the juice that squishes through your toes).
Another delight -- Elliot has a quirky but strong family. Tugged on my heartstrings in several places.
Great characters, great fantasty, great dialog, and an insane narrator. Oh, and great artwork, thoughout. Highly recommended.
The Brownies and the goblins have been at war for a VERY long time. And it's not just any war, if the brownies lose - they are eaten like the tasty treats they sound like. When the old ruler dies, someone must step in and fill in to lead the brownies to victory. Here comes Elliot. Savior of the day!
This book was a cute read. I felt it lacked some of the depth seen in today's YA/MG books, most of the plot was fairly superficial, but the characters were cute and the bad guys were defeated, which is always the best part of this type of book. I did have a hard time connecting with most of the characters, even Elliot himself seemed a little flat.
I would recommend this to younger boy readers who may be reluctant to read, because I think the humor in this caters more to their style. Girls will enjoy it as well, the female brownie in this is a likeable character, but I see this being a book more boys can relate to.
The story was interesting, but what really makes this book is the author's playful voice. She has a great wit and the humor comes from all angels. I will read more of her books and highly recommend this for reluctant young male readers (which I am not. I'm pushing 40, but incredibly immature so that has to count for something).
Now excuse me, I have to go put my skin back on.
It's funny, and suspenseful, it's everything you are looking for in a youngster's book, however I'm 48 years old and still enjoyed it!
I bought the hardcover and gave it to a very special little 10 year old for Halloween. She adored it, and couldn't wait to get the next one in the series.
I hope she'll let me read it!
Cleverly written with a wonderful plot.
P.S. I read the entire series and all 3 books are wonderful!
As an adult, I love the clever writing style. For my kids, it inspires their imagination and my son is constantly asking me to play 'Elliot and the Goblin War' with him.