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Ahoy Gum Drop!
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on April 29, 2016
This is the fifth story I've read by Miss Mae. This work shows her many varied abilities. The characters are numerous in this tale and have catchy names and interesting personalities. Miss Mae's imagination spins an interesting yarn. Their responses toward each other are hilarious but they all work together to get through tough times and strive to set things right. I.B. Nosey appears later in the story and it would have been incomplete without him. As I read from chapter to chapter I wondered what was going to happen next and looked forward to the appearance of another interesting character. The writing style was relaxed, a feat I have not accomplished in my own writing. That style has always impressed me. I recommend you pick up this light-hearted tale and if you want to experience Miss Mae's all encompassing writing abilities then pick up her earlier books as well.
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on April 16, 2016
Miss Mae, what amazing things go on in that head of yours and thank you for sharing them with all of us. You filled my head with zany and colorful pictures.

Ahoy Gum Drop! states above that it is for children 5-7 but it should include their parents and others who enjoy tongue in cheek and play on words humor. It is a wacky story featuring all types of life forms with very entertaining names. The chapters are short so little ones can listen to one or more at a time and not get bored. It was definitely entertaining when the characters started arguing over when a chapter was to end or begin.

Owen McCuen is amazing at voicing the human and non-human characters. His inflections were a wonderful tribute to snark for young and old. Your vocalizations drew me into the story as a participant and not an outsider.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
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on October 4, 2015
I'd written a short review on Audible from my Nexus, intending to make it longer when on the PC, however, there is no edit facility, so I thought I'd add more to it here.

This is the one line review on Audible - I love the silly sense of humour, the puns and tongue in cheek ideas, well done!

Ahoy Gum Drop is hilarious! Wonderfully funny, both overtly and 'that tickle further into the hidden meanings'. This author has a fabulous sense of humour and I loved the deceptively simple story and delivery - the narration is superb, doing a amazing job of bringing alive even further the imaginative characters and 'plot'.

If you wish for a 'silly' and very funny 'adventure', this story is for you. If you love to laugh - go for it!
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on December 19, 2014
This is an extremely cute and amusing audio listen of the book! Because I am a huge fan of audiobooks and how narrators portrays them. This is the way for the young to the young at heart to listen to this story. This book had me laughing out loud from time to time and smiling all the way thru! Why you ask?

Well, first off this has to be one of the cleverest plots that I have heard in young childrens books. Miss Mae has put together in this short 2 hrs and 19 mins of story in such a way you can not but listen from start to finish! The characters each have their own personalities. Starting the story out as a young girl playing hide and seek with her boy cousins decides a good hiding spot is this large cardboard box. Unknowing to her the boys have a plan and tape her up in the box to ship her off the to Himalayans. However, the postman being drunk sent her off to an entirely different place, No Particular Place fill with the tropics and all those wonderful animals.

One day Sir O. Yuri Wiseguy-eh comes to the island and sees the young girl now all grown up. He invites her to come to Gum Drop Island. However, everytime they say those 3 words - good gracious - music plays. Heading to Gum Drop Island The Narrator (the girl on the island) meets a bevy cast of characters. Each one with their own quirks and cute personalities.

Finding themselves going to Moldy Corners to where all the candy is grown and shipped all over the world. Wondering why a shortage?. Now each time someone ask where they are from or says "Gum Drop Island" the music gets louder and louder. The narrator and all the characters set themselves on a mission to find how they can bring sun back to Moldy Corners to get rid of the mold and get the trees growing candy again and stop that darn awful music. (If it was me producing this audio since the narrator did such an awesome job. I would have added in that music since I have heard music throughout other books - Just saying) Will they find and solve this annoying music? How are the two related?

The Narrator the one actually reading the story, but in the book itself calls herself The Narrator since she has no name. Even though the narration is done by Owen McCuen he entertainingly does every characters voice from the Narrator to Sir O. Yuri Wiseguy-eh to well-known journalist I.B. Nosey. Long ride in the car - pop this in for the kids and they will be laughing all the way! But, make sure that ride is over 2 hrs or you will be sitting in the car till it is done.

The cover is very inviting and makes you wonder if it is I.B. Nosey is the one telling the story. Great job by the author and the narrator! Really can't wait to hear another adventure when it come out!

Note: This review was posted to Goodreads, Amazon and Audible. The Book was provided for review by the Author. All views are strictly mine and not in anyway influenced by others. Thank you for your time reading this and comments are always welcome on the other sites I have listed above!
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on December 5, 2014
I wanted to read this book as the synopsis intrigued me, but due to time constraints, I opted to download this as an audiobook. I am glad I did, because it was the most entertaining read I have come across so far this year!

The story is narrated by Owen McCuen. I absolutely LOVED his narration! His voice and cadence is wonderful and he made all the characters come alive!

I usually do character breakdowns in my reviews, but I have a little trouble doing this for the main character, who narrates this story in the style of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, as she actually didn't have a name. However, we are introduced to several characters including Sir O Yuri Wiseguy-eh and well known journalist, I.B. Nosy.

This story has a fantastical plot, which kept me hooked from beginning to end. There are several references and play on words that would go over a child's head, but adults would pick them up with ease. This is a sweet (literally, as it deals with candy and chocolate) adventure that is so nonsensical and humourous, I found myself highly entertained. The story starts at No Particular Place and ends on Gum Drop Island. Moldy Corners is a strange and magical place, where candy is grown and harvested to be sold around the world. I could almost imagine Willy Wonka visiting Gum Drop Island and Moldy Corners to place an order or two; it would be interesting indeed if he did! I am not sure what age range this book is aimed at, but I sat with a smile on my face all the way through the story. The only problem I found with this story is that it was too short! It is only 2 hours and 19 minutes long. However, this length would be ideal for children to listen to a chapter or two at bedtime.

Miss Mae has written a wonderfully imaginative story that will enchant adults and children alike. I love her writing style, which is fast paced enough to keep even the most fidgety youngster enthralled, and the flow was wonderful.

I highly recommend this book to children aged 5 upwards and to adults looking for a quick, light read. - Lynn Worton
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on October 28, 2015
I was carried away by vivid mind pictures.
Great beginning...What if…? This chocoholic was hooked at the onset. Who hasn’t played in a cardboard box ? From Moldy Corners to Gum Drop Island, I loved Miss Mae’s imaginative names. Narrated by the gifted Owen McCuen’s, I marveled at his distinct vocal characterization, oftentimes surprising. (How do either keep them straight?) I’d laugh, go eeuw out loud, or shake my head at times over the mind pictures conjured by talent. If audible books are your thing, or if you’re ready to try something new, this story is beyond a treat.
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on April 28, 2015
Such an entertaining story, with an amazing wealth of imagination and colourful characters! Owen McCuen does a fantatic job as narrator of the audio version, he really seems to get under the skin of the characters and bring them to life! Of course no narrator would be able to do such a good job if the story itself was not of such excellent quality. Fun, quirky, and at times completely 'batty' in the nicest possible way, we are taken on a magical journey of thrills and adventure which is different to anything I personally have come across before. Not only will youngsters be enthralled by the adventures of Sir O. Yuri Wiseguy-eh and his friends, but adults will be able to leave their cares behind and get drawn into this mystical, magical world. Whether you opt for the print or ebook version, or the audio version, this is a great family read to be enjoyed by old and young alike!
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on July 3, 2014
Money may not grow on trees, but candy grows on Gum Drop Island. One of the first plants the reader sees is baby candy canes. Wonder what time of year Santa has to place his order. But Santa and all of us who love candy may be in danger of ‘candy withdrawal’. Gum Drop Island has run into a bit of trouble.

This author’s creativity abounds with the various play on words and highly imaginative whimsical characters. As I read, my mind envisioned the characters and their situations in cartoon-like settings. In the same way that Walt Disney characters would be shown to interact with their creator, the characters in Ahoy Gum Drop! addressed the reader often and referred to prior and upcoming chapters. However, I have a hard time figuring out the market or target group for this story. In a story for children, the protagonists are themselves children. This story begins with three children, but most of the adventure is of adults and ‘other’ characters. As for adults, I cannot imagine that most would seek out a story of this nature. I rated it as 2.5 out of 5.
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on December 14, 2014
A young girl’s accidentally taped up in a box supposedly going to the Himalayan Islands, but the letters on the address get scrambled and she ends up on another Island, No Place in Particular. Here she finally meets Yuri O. Wiseguy and sails on The Good Ship Sugar Daddy to Gum Drop Island. When they land he must slay “dragons” and “lions,” well actually he’s chopping snap dragons and dandelions. They find a large number of the mothballs needed to keep all of the candy fresh are missing and undertake the task of finding them. Their fanciful adventure’s filled with imaginative characters, such as Detective Heathcliff, who’s an opossum who speaks a language no one can understand. They also must contend with I.B. Nosey, a well-known reporter. The world turns dark and they must locate Ray of Sunshine. Will they accomplish their mission, so candy lovers can once again enjoy the delicacies? And what happened to Ray of Sunshine?
I listened to the audio book and was amazed at Miss Mae’s inventive characters and how the narrator spoke for each of them. Each one seemed so lifelike. I saw an image of them in my mind along with the island of candy. I highly recommend this book for the young and young-at-heart and especially for those who like candy.
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on April 17, 2013
Author M.M. has spun a riveting tale using quick-witted (if somewhat eccentric) characters whose quest is to solve the mystery of the missing mothballs. Why is that so important? Because it takes groves of mothballs to protect the delectable confectioneries that grow on the trees and bushes on Gum Drop Island. But, due to a shortage of mothballs, Mort the Mothball Millionaire charges exorbitant fees for them.

The Narrator of "Ahoy Gum Drop!" a pretty young lady with No Name, was shipped to the island of NIP (No Place In Particular) as a child and dwelt there until Yuri O. Wiseguy-eh? coaxed her aboard "The Good Ship Sugar Daddy" and onto Gumdrop Island where lollipops, licorice twists, candy canes, and chocolate bars are there for the picking, and a mouth-watering chocolate stream flows directly into a confectionery factory.

Detective Heathcliff steps on the scene. If anyone can solve the missing mothball mystery, he can. But Heathcliff is an oppossum. How can anyone understand his possumese jibberish?

Annd what is the origin of ear-splitting music that only plays when the words "Gum Drop Island" are spoken? That raucous clamoring that comes from who-knows-where assaults the eardrums of everyone on the island. Who is responsible, and is this person tied to the mothball shortage?

You will meet plenty of quirky characters in this delightful adventure as the gang sets sail from Gum Drop Island to Moldy Corners to bargain with Mort The Mothball Millionaire over mothballs. I was entertained by their clever lines and antics, including Taz, the woman from "down under" who walks on her hands. Moose, who seems to have the evidence of a freshly-eaten chocolate bar around his mouth at all times, will tickle your funnybone. Then there is the innocent Cuddles who protects her little winged creatures from harm. And I would be negligent if I did not mention the prim, dwarf-sized Ms. Whales and her rules of etiquette. But what lurks behind those icy eyes?

Slime hangs from trees as the crew led by Yuri O. Wiseguy-eh? steps from the ship onto the shores of Moldy Corners. A bevy of buzzards greet the gang, frightening them, when they reach the gate of Mort's mansion. But this does not deter them. The culprit responsible for the mothball shortage will be found.

I enjoyed every moment of this delightful tale. M.M's. clever lines and life-like characters make you feel like you are part of the adventure. She pulled me into the story from the first page. I stayed intrigued until the finish. You will chuckle one minute, gasp the next. Just as your heart races sending a shiver down your spine, one of the characters will spit out a witty line and send you into hysterics.

I highly recommend this book to everyone aged nine-to-ninety.
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