Sunday, December 20, 2015

Review: The Goblin's Puzzle: Being the Adventures of a Boy with No Name and Two Girls Called Alice by Andrew S. Chilton

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: January 19, 2015
Genre: Middle Grade
Source: Print ARC
Rating: 4.5 Stars


Brimming with dragons, goblins, and logic puzzles, this middle-grade fantasy adventure is perfect for readers who enjoyed The Princess Bride or Rump.

THE BOY is a nameless slave on a mission to uncover his true destiny.
THE GOBLIN holds all the answers, but he’s too tricky to be trusted.
PLAIN ALICE is a bookish peasant girl carried off by a confused dragon.
And PRINCESS ALICE is the lucky girl who wasn’t kidnapped.

All four are tangled up in a sinister plot to take over the kingdom, and together they must face kind monsters, a cruel magician, and dozens of deathly boring palace bureaucrats. They’re a ragtag bunch, but with strength, courage, and plenty of deductive reasoning, they just might outwit the villains and crack the goblin’s puzzle.

Parents and children alike, prepare yourself for an epic story filled with adventure, fun, and Witt characters that will make you fall in love. While children's books aren't my main repertoire in reviewing, I still love being able to sneak one in every now and then. The Goblin's Puzzle is easily one that will grace the bookshelves and put all other books to shame. No offense to other books at all! I just really enjoyed the imagination that went into this story.

The illustrations of the book were beautiful in their own right. Check out the picture of the map below. And of course starting each chapter is the beauty of the art. I love it! It's also amazing because I was able to share this with my cousin and he devoured the book like there was no tomorrow. By the way, my cousin is ten! The perfect age group for this book - although I highly recommend for all ages; big and small.

The story is not one to be missed. You have four main characters that each have their own story and it all intertwines together perfectly. Overall, if you're in search for a story full of all kinds of adventurous promises, please pick up this book!! You'll laugh and ultimately cheer for the good guys to beat up on the bad guys. How can you even want to pass up on that?

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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