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There and back again and there again...,
This review is from: Muddle Earth Too (Hardcover)
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The cover illustration for Muddle Earth Too (and for its predecessor) might make it seem like the books are aimed at very young kids when they're probably better suited to 10-12 year-olds - or at least kids with a working knowledge of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, gained either from the books or movies. This second book takes Joe Jefferson and sundry cohorts on another goofy adventure through the wonderfully spoofy land of Muddle Earth, based of course on Tolkien's Middle Earth. The jokes come as fast and furious (and as silly) as before and there are probably even more of Chris Riddell's excellent illustrations scattered throughout the book.
The book would be good fun to read to younger children, for both adult-reader and child-listener, but you might have to repeatedly explain why you're laughing as some of the funnier jokes do depend on an understanding of the original Lord of the Rings trilogy and others can refer to episodes in the earlier book. Note that the first volume, Muddle Earth, is a compendium edition featuring the complete trilogy of Muddle Earth books - Engelbert the Enormous, Here be Dragons and Doctor Cuddles of Giggle Glade - and is probably the best place to start your journeys into Muddle Earth. If you'd like to travel further then CBBC have also made an animated series based on the book and the CBBC Muddle Earth online game (muddleearthworld.co.uk) has just opened its doors to visitors.