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Jan 29 2019

The unbelievably scary thing that happened in Huggabie Falls by Adam Cece

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Text Publishing, 2018. ISBN 9781925773019.
(Age: 8-12) Recommended. Huggabie Falls is not your normal town, in fact it is very unusual indeed. There are witches, invisible families, pirates and people who travel to other dimensions, just to name a few of the odd goings on.
In this novel, the second of the Huggabie Falls Trilogy, we follow Kipp Kindle, Tobias Treachery and Cymphany Chan as they try to uncover the reason for the scary happenings occurring throughout their town.
Everyone has their own particular fear, which ranges from a violent piano throwing brussel sprout with a Scottish accent to an angry teddy bear seeking revenge.
Terrified people are leaving Huggabie Falls in droves. Kipp, Tobias and Cymphany need to discover what is going on and this leads them to two very suspicious characters, the top-hatted scientist and a very recognisable assistant.
This is a wacky and humorous book and the author often addresses the reader directly. He admonishes anyone who hasn't read book 1 (sorry Adam, that was me too) but in doing so he cleverly gives us more background information on the town and the people. His constant interruptions to the story are a fun part of the book and children will enjoy these silly diversions.
The book's jacket is boldly coloured and the cartoon style illustrations by Andrew Weldon add to the appeal of the novel. There are black and white illustrations scattered throughout the pages too.
I recommend this book to children from 8 to 12 years and look forward to number 3 in the trilogy.
There is a book trailer available for book 1, The extremely weird thing that happened in Huggabie Falls, that introduces the main characters and the Huggabie Falls craziness.
Jane Moore

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