- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (June 16, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1508437173
- ISBN-13: 978-1508437178
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,960,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk is a children's adventure fantasy written by M.M. Allen. It's been two years since Jack's father died, and Jack's still angry about it. He misses his dad and the adventures they used to have together. His sister, Lilly, is a bit of a nuisance, and his mother just doesn't understand or appreciate what Jack's going through or is interested in. The black steamer trunk is a good example of that. It's been sitting there locked away, and his mother won't let him have the key to open it, despite the fact that Jack's father always said that they'd open it together. When Lilly shows Jack the key on a day when their mother is away, Jack knows instantly what he wants to do. Lilly had overhead their mother discussing the key's hiding place and figured that she'd be in on the adventure, but Jack is determined to open the steamer trunk on his own.
M.M. Allen's fantasy adventure story for children, Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk, is an exciting and original tale about a brother and sister who discover a hidden world inside of a black steamer trunk. Jack and Lilly are marvelous characters who are joined in their quest by a grand cast of denizens of that world, who also happen to be animals. I think my favorite has to be the wolf, Winston, whose bad teeth cause him to spend too much time in the dentist's chair, and his sweetheart, Miss Bailey, the dentist assistant, who just happens to be a skunk. Allen's story is well plotted and fast-paced, and her use of imagery and description makes the world of Wishapick and its inhabitants come alive. Allen's story is accompanied by a CD containing a musical score and a collection of songs written and performed by Deborah Wynne. Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk is recommended for young fans of the fantasy genre.
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Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk
Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk by M. M. Allen is an action-packed middle grade novel that will intrigue kids of all ages! What I Loved About This Book
Wishapick is full of action! From the first chapter, you are taken on a journey into the unknown that is wild and unexpected. This book held my interest because there was always something happening, and I never knew what the next step would be. This book is great for kids who crave excitement. I think this would be great for reluctant readers, because they don’t have to wait through chapters of description for something interesting to happen. I also really enjoyed the animal characters of Wishapick. They came alive in my mind! I fell in love with Winston, Miss Bailey, and the Tumalum’s, and was properly terrified by the Rattlesnake King.
Finally, I couldn’t help but love little Lilly. She was so full of energy and excitement, and was ready to go wherever her adventure in Wishapick would take her. She was brave and a little brash in a way that all great female characters should be. I think lots of little girls will fall in love with Lilly like I did!
What I Didn’t The main character Jack can be, well, a bit of a grump. He’s a young boy still dealing with the loss of his dad, so it’s understandable. However, sometimes he still got on my nerves a little. That being said, Jack’s growth over the course of the book is an enjoyable thing to watch.
The action, great characters, and valuable lessons in Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk make it a great choice for young readers. Those reading chapter books will love to enjoy this one on their own, and younger readers will enjoy
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Review by: Dick Leonardo
The next classic Fairy Tale- Wishapick Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk
Wishapick is 150 pages of fantastical adventure. A world of talking Possums, Skunks an evil Rattlesnake King, not to mention a hungry Wolf that’s on a soft food diet because of recent dental surgery.
As Jack disappears into the mysterious trunk with his sister Lilly in pursuit, they find themselves involved in a whimsical, enchanting adventure and learn there might be more to Mom and Dad than they realized. If only he listened a little more closely to mom’s stories if only he took them a little more seriously maybe he could remember. At the time he just thought they were fairy tales. Little did he know? In a strange and magical world in order to get home Jack and Lilly the reluctant heroes must complete their quest and save their new friends. It shows that with a little or maybe a lot of effort you can accomplish that goal which seemed impossible in the beginning.
Author MM Allen, has created a new and entertaining Fairy tale. It will bring children’s imagination alive. A little scary in the beginning (snakes yuk) but a great, fun adventure. Truly a very good story that will keep the reader captivated to the end. I love the fact that it has a music CD available too.
Along with the book is a brilliant CD by Deborah Wynne. Beautiful sounding music to go along with the story or to listen by itself. Deborah did a great job with the music; the songs and her voice are a perfect addition to bring the story alive. “Jiggery pokery tra-la-la”
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Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk, written by M.M. Allen, is a fantastical novel filled with some mystery and a touch of magic. The creativity of the writing and the imaginative storyline remind the reader of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. There are also many interesting animal characters like those found in Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox: a possum family, rattlesnakes, a skunk, and a wolf.
M.M. Allen’s descriptive writing appeals to all senses as she provides visual clues that allow readers to easily summon the scenes to mind. The chapters are short and concise which makes this a nice choice for reading aloud to a classroom or for those that are fairly new to chapter books. Although Jack is the main character, Allen switches up the perspective between Jack and Lily, which helps to propel the plot and adds interest for both girl and boy readers.
In addition to the novel, there is also a music CD by Deborah Wynne (sold separately) that allows readers a deeper look into the characters and story. The music is lovely and mystical with a forest feel—one might imagine listening to the CD while in a store that sells beautiful crystal rocks and woody scented candles.
While Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk, at its core, is about trauma and anger and sadness, it serves as a lovely reminder not to let dark feelings overtake life. In essence, this story is also a reminder to readers that stories are a great place to go for a safe escape from reality—the light can shine through even after the darkest days. Because the core is disguised in a breathy and fantastical storytelling style, imaginations will flourish and the tale will be enjoyed by kids ages 8-12 who enjoy the genre of fantasy.
Midwest Book Review - Editor James Cox
An exceptionally well written and original entertainment for young readers, "Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk" is very highly recommended for personal, school, and community library children's fiction collections. It should be noted that there is a companion music CD, 'Wishapick', available for purchase or download.
Indie Blog Spot - jayasree To the kingdom of darkness
Wishapick, Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk by M.M.Allen, is an absorbing tale of fantasy-a type of tale that has mesmerized the younger generations for thousands of years-classic, timeless. It is a story where the reality of rattlesnakes has been merged into fables, where small innocent possums lead an uprising …… it has a flavor of its own!
“With a loud creak, the lid opened up. Jack edged away from the trunk. He felt a soft breeze blow over him. He stepped back close to the trunk. The breeze, warm and inviting, was coming from inside. He peered in. nothing to see-it was pitch- black. Then he saw tiny lights, little stars, deep in the trunk, but he couldn’t see the bottom. He felt an uncontrollable urge to jump into the trunk.” And, eventually heart won over the brain –and he jumped.
What has happened to his little sister in the meantime? Well-some strange happenings were around her-which is best enjoyed when read from the original text-so I will not go into details.
Both have landed in the strange kingdom of Wishapick-but to different locations-after all, it is ‘wish-a-pick.’ As both Jack and Lilly go on to discover- the king is on a dangerous ploy. He is in a mad game to cover the whole kingdom with darkness. A deep melancholy has now covered the entire kingdom. When there is no light- can there be happiness? Allen has created some absolutely adorable characters-imposing human characters in their nature and has imparted a new dimension to her storytelling.
After finishing the book one idea has crossed my mind. In our minds lives evil intent like, King O’Sirus. He always wants our mind to remain in darkness! And there is a continuous struggle between darkness and light-ignorance and knowledge.
The struggle has probably started from the dawn of civilization.
And who should win? Well-it is up to you to decide
About the Author
M. M. Allen, author of the acclaimed children’s picture book Let’s Play Ball, is the mother of two adult children and aunt to twenty-three nieces and nephews, including ten great-nieces and great-nephews. MM is a former teacher and university lecturer. She has also worked extensively in marketing and communications with varied businesses and non-profits. MM lives in a picturesque northern California town where she enjoys writing, tending to her rose garden, and caring for her West Highland terriers, Pip & Peaches.
For her middle grade fantasy Wishapick, Allen collaborated with musician and lyricist Deborah Wynne, who created a companion CD of songs to accompany the novel. Wynne’s primary talents lie in choral singing, stage musicals, and composing. Her musical projects include the 2013 album Strands of Gold and 2007 musical Moment of Truth. She is an active singer and composer in Santa Barbara, California, where she lives with her husband and their two shelties, Sparkle and Gracie.
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Jack and his younger sister Lilly are the main protagonists. Since his father’s death two years before, Jack has remained angry and sullen. In the opening scene, readers feel this tension between them when Lilly accidentally breaks the spy drone Jack has built for a science project. But Lilly has a surprise for Jack; she has overheard their mother talking on the phone and now knows the location of the key that will open the mysterious black trunk his father left behind. Their mother has expressly forbidden them to open it. Jack cannot contain his curiosity. When he opens the trunk he falls inside, and down into a black hole surrounded by snakes. Unknown to Jack, Lilly follows him inside. So the adventure begins….
The siblings will meet a fascinating cast of animal characters including snakes, possums, skunks, and wolves. They will learn the meaning of their mother’s mantra, “Breath of all good things.” The mystery of their father’s death will be revealed, and they will discover the value of embracing hope versus despair, while displaying courage and teamwork.
This book reminds me a bit of Charlotte’s Web and Alice through the Looking Glass, but this plot is unique and the language colorful. Length of the book is under 150 pages, one that I feel is just right for a middle grade audience. As a bonus, readers may purchase a companion CD with music that matches the various moods and scenarios presented in the book. Listening to the music and closing one’s eyes, the reader can easily feel transported inside a Disney movie.
I highly recommend this Five Star Readers’ Favorite book to middle grade readers interested in a humorous, imaginative adventure fusing realistic and magical elements with characters with whom they can easily empathize. Librarians and teachers could use this book as a read aloud to open up discussion on many topics relevant to this audience.
The tale depicts Wishapick, once an enchanted land reminiscent of the Garden of Eden, a serene world filled with light and love. That world has been overrun with the curse of an evil king, leaving the land of Wishapick bereft of light and goodness.
Various creatures inhabit this cursed land, some of whom have been transformed into evil by the king, yet others remain in a state of remembering and longing for the return of the light. They have not given up hope of finding the incantation that will do away with the cruse of the king and bring Wishapick back to goodness, harmony and loving relationships.
Jack and Lilly are the keepers (though they don't always recall), of the magical names that must be remembered and spoken in order to bring restoration to Wishapick as well as provide Jack and Lilly with their longed for return to their own home. The journey involves a scary, tumultuous ride, entering into events more grotesque than their worst nightmares, but both Jack and Lilly find themselves made new in ways they never would have imagined before travelling though this darkened land.
M.M. Allen has exceptional powers of imagination, and the delightful companion music CD by Deborah Wynne makes the journey and adventure felt and experienced even more deeply.