Series: Buckle and Squash #1
Published by Macmillan on May 5th 2015
Number of Pages: 192
Genres: Fantasy, Humor, Middle Grade
Purchase: At Amazon
Once Upon A Time, on the Old Tumbledown Farm, in the Middle of Nowhere, in the Forgotten Corner of the Kingdom, deep in the realm of Squerb, two young girls dream of their destinies. Lavender knows that her destiny is to become a fairy-tale princess and is almost certainly going to feature a handsome prince. Eliza is having none of that -- her destiny involves battling dragons and giants, vanquishing monsters, and solving mysteries.
Turns out that they are both right...though not quite in the way they imagined. When Lavender, tired of waiting around and arguing with Eliza, sets out to find her own prince, she instead runs into the evil count Mordmont (who is most definitely not a handsome prince in disguise) and it's up to Eliza to ride to the rescue on their faithful goat, Gertrude!
I won an ARC in a giveaway over at On Starships And Dragonwings. Some things may have changed in the final version.
This book read like something my niece would have made up when she was five. It was adorable and silly, a little crazy, and the most unlikely things happened in it! And the illustrations were perfectly in keeping with that theme.
It’s supposed to be a middle grade book, but adults will find it just as fun to read as kids. I loved reading about Eliza and Lavender, and Gertrude the goat. There were dragons and wizards, an old wise woman, an evil villain and a giant who wasn’t.
The footnotes were funny, and the only thing I can think of that might be somewhat objectionable is that there was a severed leg in one of the illustrations. But it was all in black and white and no blood was shown.
I can’t wait to see what happens next in book 2! If you like middle grade books with lots of humor and quirky fun, you need to try this book.