Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Monster In The Mudball Book Review

  • Series: Artifact Inspector
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tu Books (September 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620141418
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620141410

  • I have a really delightful book to share with you that your children will love to read called The Monster In The Mudball written by S.P. Gates.
    After Jin's baby brother, Smiler, drools on a big ball of mud in their neighbour Madalitso's bedroom, the mudball sprouts huge chicken-feet legs and runs off. Jin gives chase, hoping to put everything back together before Madalitso can see they broke her possession, but he loses track of the monster near the Oozeburn, a polluted creek in the centre of London.  
    That's when Jim meets Chief Inspector of Ancient Artifacts A.J. Zauyamakanda — Mizz Z., for short — who has arrived to inspect the mudball and insists that Jin help her find it. But Zilombo, the monster released from the mudball, gains new, frightening powers every time she reawakens. She's cleverer than ever before, and she likes to eat babies. 
    When Frankie, Jin's older sister, gets distracted along the Oozeburn and forgets to watch their baby brother, Smiler is easy pickings for Zilombo!
    Okay, your children are going to love this book! It's full of humor, fun and adventure! If you have middle grade children and up, this is a perfect book to keep them entertained. Think of it as a mystery/thriller but with some magic thrown in to make it really attractive and entertaining for your children.

    The family makes Chinese dragons (for parades), so they are familiar with monsters - but Zilombo is one you should never underestimate. It has exotic worlds full of crocodiles and dragons, which I know my grandson loves reading about dragons and so should your children. The fast-paced story will keep young readers on the edge of their seats and wanting more.

    I love that the book has some hidden morals about manners and things that are right and wrong. It seems like S.P. Gates is trying to very slightly to teach children what's good and what's not. The book is so cleverly written that it might not seem like it is, but take it from me, this is one book you won't mind them spending hours over!

    They will also love the little surprise that comes with the book! Or my grandson did, anyway. It was a little thing shaped almost like an egg and when put inside a cup of water, it will magically produce a monster! I actually had to mail him this book and the surprise as he lives in another state, so I haven't seen what the monster looks like but they promise to send me pictures. I didn't want to hold up the review for those, so I am posting now and will amend it later when I do get the pictures.

    This book will delight you as well. For once, a book with no bad language or any misconduct as far as adult bad behavior. A story worth keeping around for quite a bit!

    Happy Reading!

    About the Author:

    S. P. GATES was born in Lincolnshire, England, and is a former teacher who once taught in Malawi, Africa. She is the author of more than one hundred books, and has been commended for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Guardian Children s Fiction Award. She has twice won the children's choice Sheffield Children s Book Award. She lives in the north of England with her husband.

    The author has graciously offered one hard copy to a very lucky winner! Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!